Monday, 24 October 2011

Review: Across The Universe by Beth Revis


At the Other End:

Elder: It's her hair that pulls me forward. It's so red.
I reach out to touch the glass that traps her inside, and only then do I realize how cold it is. My breath is rising in little clouds of white. My fingertips stick to the glass. I lay my hand over the top of her glass box, above her heart. My skin is a dark shadow over the luminescence of hers.
Amy: I run and run and run.
Past the hospital, through the garden, past a pond. And to the cold metal wall. I stop, gulping at the air, my heart racing in my ears. I reach up with one hand and touch the wall. My fingertips curl into a fist, but it falls weakly to my side. And that's when I realize there is nowhere to run.
But, my heart whispers, there is Elder.

First Impressions Last:

Yes I must admit that I wasn't sure about reading this book. Mostly because it was the whole set on a space ship and why I thought of some weird things that would happen because it was on a space ship and years into the future. Now after I've read the book I seriously want to shake myself because this was a truly amazing book and I can't believe that I ever doubted reading it. Like most Young Adult books this one was predictable but I was very surprised in the ending! SHOCK-HORROR!

Behind the 398 Pages:

No matter how predictable some parts of the story was, it had surprising twists that shocked me and made it a great because of the amouts of surprises that we didn't see coming. It was a perfect amount of suspense and shock that left us fulfilled and we weren't left annoyed because of how many occurences in the book that we could or couldn't guess. But this is made brilliant by adding both sorts into the mix that in some ways distract us from some parts, and make us fill the role of both characters because they are both lost and confused and are trying to learn even when they're so different.

When I look at the cover of this book I thought straight away that there would be a romance between the two main characters, even the blurb (above @ At The Other End) suggests this, but there was not much of a relationship between Amy and Elder, and I would have liked more of them (perhaps there developing relationship is for the next book in the series) but there is more of a connection to Harley as well even though we do not see from his side of view in the novel, we have enough from him through Elder and Amy that he is also one of the main characters, and we can even see his relationship to Amy and her struggle to adjust as well as to Elder and his need to find out the truth on the Godspeed. We do get hints of their emotions towards each other but other than that it is a story of discovery of the truth and somewhat of a dictatorship, so I thought the cover should have been different from after reading this book. Don't get me wrong, I adore the cover but it's not relevant towards the main storyline. If I really wanted to I could see the cover as Amy in her glass box frozen and Elder looking at her but there is no glass box. There is only space, and there would be more room between them as well as ICE because she is FROZEN.

ANYHOW, I love the fact of how Elder broke apart from the values and rules of the community and found a way to be himself. (There was a lot more to this paragraph but it was half spoilers. Read below if you dare)*

I wish Amy did something about the truth she found out about Jason before she left, by her not doing anything it just makes her seem weak. I know that she knew that there was going to be no more after that because she was going to be gone and never to see him again but even though she didn't do anything that doesn't matter really but what does matter is how she keeps remembering about Jason. And then, comparing him to Elder and everything that they did and her life and memories from before about him shouldn't really be as important now, especially about Jason. From this it makes her seem as more of a child than she really is. Yes, she is going through an ordeal that we won't be able to relate to but you would think that she would want to try and get over what happened before she woke up in remembering what happened in the past and with trying to compare every thing and every one to that of her past life.

I love my good occasional ranting session but I truly did love this book and cannot wait for the next installment.

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Across the Universe

What's Next:

Finding the Time: January 2012
Behind: 400 Pages
At the Other End: Godspeed was fueled by lies. Now it is ruled by chaos.
It's been three months since Amy was unplugged. The life she always knew is over. And everywhere she looks, she sees the walls of the spaceship Godspeed. But there may just be hope: Elder has assumed leadership of the ship. He's finally free to enact his vision - no more Phydus, no more lies.
But when Elder discovers shocking news about the ship, he and Amy race to discover the truth behind life on Godspeed. They must work together to unlock a puzzle that was set in motion hundreds of years earlier, unable to fight the romance that's growing between them and the chaos that threatens to tear them apart. And this time it all builds to one mind-bending conclusion: They have to get off this ship.
(Synopsis from Goodreads)


I was in shock (of what Elder did) and the predictable thing was who Elder-died-Elder was, the scar was the most obvious thing to me as well as the way he said things and what he knew as well.

Yes I did think that the relationship between Amy and Elder needed to be more than just a kiss in the rain, and that this should have been incorporated in this novel and not to see if it does in the next one or not. There was more of a relationship going on between the Feeders! Yes, I understand that Amy needs to come to terms that she is not on Earth anymore and that what has been in the past is nothing much relevant now (hello! Jason!) but even if she doesn't know what Elder feels because of the Season, there should have been more of a connection betwee them and more on finding the truth about this as well as the truth about the Godspeed and the "Plague". There were hints, however, of Elder's feelings at the start of the book when he finds her and at the end as he tells her the truth

*(Continuation of paragraph mentioned above) But then I can see how he was always questioning his individual thoughts or 'the third reason' because of all he has known and grown up to believe, or maybe it could be because of the drug even though it doesn't have affect on him it could a little because would that other drug really get rid of the original clearly? There might still be very small traces left in it even though it is dioluted. I'm surprised also when Amy becomes "empty" that Elder wouldn't think straight to the water as the solution, and finding the link to every other person as well as Amy that time. I figured this one out straight away then the "ice-killings" link, probably because I kept on including Amy in this equation and I might have seen it if I left her out like how Elder said they should see it.


  1. Nice review. Although 'that fictional distraction giveaway" button is obscuring some of the last sentences, or is that what it's suppose to do.

    Amy's need to compare her past life to the life on Godspeed didn't annoy me much, I though it was natural. She's light years ahead of time and on a strange ship with different Social standards. Of course she'd compare them to what she's lost and to her idea/concept of normalcy . It does become annoying at some point I guess ;)

    1. All fixed :) The banner is now down as the giveaway is finished. I understand where you're coming from with her comparison to her Earth life. The constant repetition of it sometimes got to me, not so much the fact that she was actually comparing the two :)

      Gina xo


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