Book Review : Across the Universe


Across the Universe by Beth RevisA love out of time. A spaceship built of secrets and murder. Seventeen-year-old Amy joins her parents as frozen cargo aboard the vast spaceship Godspeed and expects to awaken on a new planet, three hundred years in the future. Amy is nearly killed when her cryo chamber is unplugged fifty years before Godspeed’s scheduled landing. She is thrust into the brave new world of a spaceship that lives by its own rules. All she knows for sure is that she must race to unlock Godspeed’s hidden secrets before whoever woke her tries to kill again–and she doesn’t know who she can trust on a ship ruled by a tyrant. Amy quickly realizes that her awakening was no mere computer malfunction…

Title : Across the Universe
Author : Beth Revis
Narrator : Lauren Ambrose and Carlos Santos
ISBN : 9781101499900
Copyright : 2011
Duration : 10 hours 11 minutes

2 Stars

Strengths

  • Interesting premise. I like the idea of a generation spaceship. It seems ripe with possibilities.
  • I liked the voice actors for the respective characters. In particular, Carlos Santos fit his character very well. He spoke with a slight accent and emphasized certain syllables in a way reminiscent of a Spanish speaking native which was very appropriate for Elder who grew up on a mono-ethnic space ship.
  • I liked how slowly the information was shared with the reader. It was only gradually revealed that some narrators might be unreliable or some memories might be distorted.

Weaknesses

  • I disliked how the narration switched between two people; it was distracting. The book was separated into different parts based upon whose point of view was being followed.
  • I really disliked how Santos spoke Amy’s parts. It seemed affected and grating.
  • The characters frustrated me; I kept waiting for them to realize things or understand secrets. It seemed to take them forever to leap to conclusions. Correction: they weren’t leaping – they were crawling to conclusions.
  • Amy was a shallow person who seemed to only react to situations.
  • Eldest was a caricature of a villain. Even after his reasons were explained, they did not convince me.
  • I felt that the author could have gone in different directions with the story and missed opportunities for conspiracies and technical malfunctions.
  • The romance was frustrating and unsatisfying. **SPOILER** Amy should never have forgiven Elder so quickly or easily for what he did. I think she has Stockholm Syndrome.
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