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Across the Universe [Paperback]

Beth Revis
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (63 customer reviews)
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Book Description

3 Mar 2011

Amy has left the life she loves for a world 300 years away

Trapped in space and frozen in time, Amy is bound for a new planet. But fifty years before she's due to arrive, she is violently woken, the victim of an attempted murder. Now Amy's lost on board and nothing makes sense - she's never felt so alone.

Yet someone is waiting for her. He wants to protect her; and more if she'll let him.

But who can she trust amidst the secrets and lies? A killer is out there - and Amy has nowhere to hide . . .

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  • Paperback: 416 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin (3 Mar 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0141333669
  • ISBN-13: 978-0141333663
  • Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 2.5 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (63 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 33,020 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Beth Revis wrote her first books whilst still at university, where she secretly jotted down stories instead of taking notes. In addition to writing teen fiction, Beth spends her time doing things like trying to point out the dramatic irony in 'Oedipus Rex' to gaggles of sixteen-year-olds. This is because she is also a teacher, in case you were wondering.

Beth lives in rural North Carolina with her husband and her dog, where she splits her time between writing lesson plans, writing stories, and writing up plans to travel somewhere new. Across the Universe is her debut novel.

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
By Amber
It sounded good when I read the blurb: a sci-fi set in the future and space, with perhaps a romantic twist and a murder mystery to boot. It had all the ingredients to make a good YA story. Unfortunately the author didn't quite cook them right and the outcome wasn't as tasty as I thought it would be. To be honest, it wasn't one of my favourite sci-fi novels and it took me quite a while to read it. There were some good bits and bad bits and so it was completely average. I didn't think there was anything to make it stand out as the "next big thing".

What I liked about the book:

The romantic element was good because it didn't actually become a whirlwind romance nor was it a "love at first sight" kind of thing. There was definitely a spark between the two characters and their relationship grew, but there was no declarations of love which would have made the whole thing completely unrealistic. Elder the main character is definitely not perfect and a revelation about him at the end was one that I definitely did not see coming. It's nice to see a YA novel in which the main male character isn't 100% perfect. He has his flaws. He's still learning and growing up and so he's prone to make mistakes. This makes him seem much more realistic and in my opinion, because he's not a cliched "broody, mysterious, I'm a bad boy - oh no I'm actually not, I'm perfect" character, he is much more likable and it's easier to see yourself in his shoes.

I also liked how each chapter would switch points of view, first Amy and then Elder. I preferred Elder's parts as the story developed but to begin with they were a little bit slow and boring. Amy's parts to start with were interesting and then slowed down a bit while she was frozen.

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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars For Sci Fi Fans 14 April 2011
By Book Passion for Life TOP 1000 REVIEWER
This is the first book from author Beth Revis in her new Sci-fi series Across the Universe.

The story follows two main characters. First, we meet Amy who joins her parents on a spaceship to be frozen for the next 300 years, so when they awake, they will help build a new world on a new planet. Then there's Elder, who was born aboard the spaceship and is being trained to become the next leader. Amy's & Elders lives become intertwined when someone on the ship releases Amy early from her frozen bed, and now they must work together to find out who was trying to kill her and the other frozen people aboard.

I'll be quiet honest when I say I don't usually read these type of books, but a number of things attracted my attention with this one. The book cover is so eye catching and beautiful, the blurb really grabbed my attention and then there is everyone else's reviews. In the end I picked this book up straight away and even though I did like the story, it wasn't as good as I thought it would be.

I felt the first 20% of the book let the story down because, Amy is just frozen and dreaming in her frozen bed and Elder's parts, I found quiet boring. It wasn't until Amy was woken up that the story started to get slightly interesting. After that, I did find myself enjoying the story and I was eager to find out what happens.

A highlight of the book for me was, how much I enjoyed all the characters once we got past that first 20%. I especially liked Harley and its such as shame how things ended with him. I enjoyed how Amy's & Elder's relationship slowly built up but, I do wish there had been a little more romance in the book than there was. I also found myself trying to work out who the murderer was and was delighted to find that I had guessed right in the end.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars not what I hoped 30 May 2014
Format:Kindle Edition
Across the Universe is a book that I feel I've been waiting forever to read, it's been on my TBR shelve for ages, and I've had it on my kindle for just as long, so when I started organising my reading by months I decided that it was time. This books started out good but I'm sad to say that it isn't without its flaws.

My biggest issue with this book was how it was so predictable. I knew who the 'killer' was from the start and I also knew things they tried to subtlety hint at only to reveal at the end. And anyone who knows me , knows I have a very hard time getting over the predictability of a book, there's only a few books that I still enjoy despite it.

Now don't get me wrong, it wasn't all bad. I liked some of the characters, sadly they we the sub characters. I found the main ones high annoying, Eldest was maybe the worst character out of the lot, I really didn't like him. The world that Beth Revis was good, but just not for me, I wasn't blown away and maybe that was because I had went into it excited about reading it after so long and in a way, expecting to feel more.

The relationships in it I also didn't get. The only one for me that was believable was between a sub character and his dead girlfriend. I just didn't think Elder and Amy worked well together at all, others may disagree with me but that's how I fell.

I think this book would have been brilliant for its target audiences which I'm guessing is between 12-16, but I don't think that anyone above that age would feel the same as they do and connect with it as much. So just because I didn't really like it as much as I would have hoped, doesn't mean its all Bet Revis's fault, it just isn't one of those YA books that you could read regardless of age.
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5.0 out of 5 stars scifi romance
Amazing novel if u r into scifi but romance too!
Published 21 days ago by Trishna Madhar
3.0 out of 5 stars good book
i loved the idea of this book but thought it was a bit of a let down, because of the questions it left me at the end but it was good to read!
Published 1 month ago by lucy pittard
5.0 out of 5 stars Great
Read in 2 sits (long sits) well worth the money for sure. Not too sci-fi more mystery if anything really.
Published 3 months ago by Bekah
5.0 out of 5 stars This is my new favourite book...
It was the beautiful cover of this book that first attracted my attention. I bought the book and WOW! This is my new favourite book... Read more
Published 3 months ago by Sue Holmes
2.0 out of 5 stars average
Although I finished the book incredibly quickly I just didn't enjoy it much. Although the book had the potential to be so good, it sort of fell flat for me. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Abby S
4.0 out of 5 stars deep story
long enjoyable story with few twists one for keen of sci-fi and outer relationships of spirit changes ideal for open minds
Published 12 months ago by Den Tanser
4.0 out of 5 stars Easy reading
I found this refreshing and not too heavy. A little bit of sci-fi with romance thrown in. Some of the plot twists were predictable, a few weren't, but it was a nice break from the... Read more
Published 12 months ago by Lilreader
4.0 out of 5 stars A Decent Read
This book wont set your world on fire but it's a decent read. It tells an interesting story that moves along at a nice pace. Read more
Published 13 months ago by Iniesta 9
5.0 out of 5 stars OMG
this book is so good, i broke my fastest reading record, read it in under 4 hours !!!! im so annoyed though because i cannot buy the other two as i am on holiday! gggrrrrr
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5.0 out of 5 stars Review: Across the Universe by Beth Revis
Amy was meant to be frozen, along with he parents for 300 years, however, Amy is awoken early on a ship. She meets Elder: A leader in training, and many other characters. Read more
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