Wednesday, January 14, 2015

[Review] Across The Universe by Beth Revis

Title: Across the Universe
Author: Beth Revis
Series: Across the Universe #1
Publisher: Razorbill
PUblished: January 2011
Pages: 398
ISBN: 9781595143976

A 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. Never could she have known that her frozen slumber would come to an end fifty years too soon and that she would be thrust into the brave new world of a spaceship that lives by its own rules.

Amy quickly realizes that her awakening was no mere computer malfunction. Someone - one of the few thousand inhabitants of the spaceship - tried to kill her. And if Amy doesn't do something soon, her parents will be next.

Now Amy must race to unlock Godspeed's hidden secrets. But out of her list of murder suspects, there's only one who matters: Elder, the future leader of the ship and the love she could never have seen coming.

It began the moment Amy agreed to be frozen along with her parents for 300 years of a journey to another Earth at Centaury Galaxy. She had to leave everything behind, her boyfriend, her aunt and uncle, all her friends to go together with other residents of the frozens.

First of all, I really thought it would hurt a lot when someone is being frozen alive like that.

Second of all, I don't like Elder, he is immature and the most short-minded person I've ever read.

Third of all, this is not a love story.

Anyway, let's describe the characters.

Amy; let's see, she is someone you could call annoying. Yes, she left everything behind except her parents, yes, she broke up with her boyfriend just the night before she thought she would leave Earth, yes she was woken up before the Spaceship landed. But it didn't excuse her to be such a peevish person. She complained almost everything. Yes, I understand that you could regret your decision one day, but please don't do it all the time.

Elder; Such a self-conscious brat. He is immature, impulsive -in a bad way-, and too much into himself. In other words, more than annoying.

Eldest; Hitler in space. Greedy with power. As long as he lives, he is the rules.

Doc; I'm still confused about his character, he worships Eldest rules, but he sometimes has hearts too. What is he, really? Good guy or bad guy?

Harley; SO far, he is the most tolerable person I've known in this book. And I do think that he is crazy though, because of the loss.

Orion; I don't really know about him since he just appeared before the climax and kinda more like Eldest in a worrisome way, so I don't really care anyway.

But despite these not likeable characters, I'm really amazed with the Godspeed, the Spaceship itself. Though I can't catch the reason behind 3000 crews, it was cool. How they can recycle and reuse everything, building an entire society in a spacecraft. The scientific part of this book makes sense, but not the cryopreserved one. In my logic, you can't as little as dream when your entire body cells are frozen, because that means your brain is conscious and if your brain is conscious, that means you're not entirely frozen, which means you've gotta be getting old. At least your brain cells should have dead hundred years ago.

The society, somehow they reminded me to The Giver, with emotionless people who blindly following the rules. And I can understand why someone ever considers removing human emotions, but whatever the reason, it's still not right. If you can't live your life, why bother to live? Not that I encourage every desperate man to commit suicide, but if you can't even choose to live, why live? People have rights, you know, and by removing their emotions, you took away those rights as well.

And one thing that I hate so much about this book is The Season. I still can't believe they actually did that. Oh My God! They're like freaking animals!

This review is submitted to:
* Clean Out Your E-reader Challenge Winter 2014-2015
* New Author Reading Challenge 2015
* New To You Reading Challenge 2015 | New Author
* 2015 Alphabet Soup Challenge 2015 | A

1 comment:

  1. I'm very interested in this series, as I just read The Body Electric and enjoyed the very different universe it was a part of. Great review, Diyah.
    Have a fantastic week and happy reading :)

    Lexxie @ (un)Conventional Bookviews


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