Across the Universe
by Beth Revis
Tonight I'm starting a new book (I know I'm reading "Beastly" right now, but I'm in a rut with it right now).
I'm starting it while eating this delicious chocolate mug cake and relaxing :) What did you do today?
So I finally really started the book ... I know it seemed like I started the book with the whole chocolate cake thing, but it wasn't really what happened (how do you eat cake and read at the same time?).
Anywho, WOW is my comment! I love how this started. It is pretty visual, which I like, but so fast paced. I usually don't love when the chapters skip back and forth between two different characters, but I find myself loving both of them so much that I don't care if we leave one for the other.
My thoughts so far. I feel so badly for Amy. To be awake and having nightmares that whole time, it is horrifying. Then Elder has all the power, but doesn't get to use it. I love how he is so attracted to her red hair. So many books give me glimpses of "The Giver" and this one does as well. One person knows all of the answers (Eldest), but he isn't talking and the boy he is training is on a mission to find it all out!
Wow! This book sorta twisted my brain inside out (in a good way). You never know who should be trusted, what is really going on, what is the truth and what is a lie. The tag line of this book is, "What does it take to survive on a spaceship fueled by lies?" and it sums up this whole book! I loved it! The characters of Amy and Elder are brilliant and unique. I was only about half way through last night when I went to "read a little" before bed ... I ended up staying awake until 2:00am finishing! Once you got started figuring out one lie, you didn't want to put it down until you knew all of the answers.
Things I didn't like: It is sad to me that Amy is awake and her parents aren't. They didn't sum up the whole travel time issue (I'll leave it at that, as to not give anything away). Finally, there was a pretty disturbing near rape scene that made me feel sicky inside. Because of that, I would recommend this book for older teens.
Overall this was a fantastic, unique read! Other than The Giver (that I already mentioned), there isn't another title to really compare it to. You must read it and tell me what you think.
Check out lots of cool things about Godspeed (the ship) and more on the website for Across the Universe
There is a sequel that came out in January that I look forward to reading!!
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