“It's an amazing book with sci-fi and romance mixed in one. Mind capturing and was impossible to put down until i was done. ”Karategirl24 wrote this review Tuesday, May 21, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“The Across the Universe trilogy is a YA Dystopian murder mystery novel with of course, some love thrown in for good measure and a strong female character that has a world that needs saving. The first two books take place on a spaceship, Godspeed where the wealthy and useful individuals have cryogenically frozen themselves for a 300 year trek to re-populate and settle their species on Centauri-Earth, meanwhile the people who live and operate the ship are of a lower caste. We start off the series when Elder (the new to be leader, born and raised within Godspeed) finds a semi-thawed, unplugged Amy, a previously frozen teen who is there with her parents waiting in their frozen state, until they reach Centauri-Earth. Someone is out to kill the frozen and it is up to Amy and Elder to find out who and why this is happening. ”AllBookedUpYA wrote this review Monday, May 20, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“I don't remember exactly how I first heard of this book, but I am pretty sure it had to do with this website(Shelfari). I found the first chapter for download, read it, and afterwards knew I had to find and read the whole thing. I was not disappointed. I love reading books written in first perspective, although switching between the boy and girl characters did give my internal voice generator a bit of a work out. :) This was such a fun read, I can't wait to read the next book.”Hannah wrote this review Monday, May 20, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Wonderful description and startingly realistic detail in Across the Universe. The chapter that explains being cryogenically frozen was vivid and frightening. Amy's subsequent memories, dreams, and thoughts in her frozen state were also unnerving.
I particularly enjoyed the two alternating voices of Amy and Elder as storytellers. I'm not sure I would've made the same brave choice that Amy made to leave Earth behind. It was interesting to see the reasoning beind Elder's choices.
Extra points for the plot twist at the end of the book. Look forward to reading the next book in the series and watching the story unfold.
Favorite quote: A leader isn't someone who forces others to make him stronger; a leader is someone willing to give his strength to others so that they may have the strength to stand on their own.”
“Recommended for a more mature reader (suggested is 14 and up), this trilogy was one of my favorites of the year. The first two novels were "treadmill books" where I listened to the Playaway. I loved hearing the voices of Amy and Elder tell their great science fiction story.”Mrs. Doyle wrote this review Friday, May 3, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“First off, I would like to say that I love the cover. This was one of the books from the bookstore that I had to stop and read the blurb just because of the cover. This book is also a good example of the cliche, "do not judge a book by it's cover."
That being said, I enjoyed the story. I thought it read like it was written for a younger YA audience, but what the heck, it was OK. It is a unique take of the genre Utopia/Dystopia. I hessitate to call it dystopia since the setting does not happen on Earth and the themes tend to lean toward Utopian.
1.I thought the story unique in that I haven't read anything like it before. True, this is not the usual fair that I typically read but I liked that it gave me a different perspective.
2.The murder mystery was pretty interesting.
3.The weird, mindless citizens of the ship Godspeed was one of the reasons why I wanted to finish the whole book just to see if my suspicions were correct.
4.I liked the twist in the end [spoiler]where Eldest is in fact a clone of the very first Eldest. This cylce has been going on where the Eldest has been cloning himself and raising him as Elder until he becomes the Eldest. Confusing, no? Or just plain gross. Take your pick.[/spoiler]
1.The plot was very predictable. I practically knew who the villain when I read the first few pages and halfway through the book, I already knew who was unplugging the frozens (or had my suspicions, which was right when I reached the end).
2.I expected reading a love story in this book and I was disappointed. Unlike what the blurb alluded to, this is NOT a love story. True, where was a hint of an attraction between Amy (the girl who woke up from cryogenic sleep) and Elder (the guy who saved her) it was not a main plot to the story. There was also a mild hint of a love triangle between Amy, Elder, and Elder's best friend Harley but it wasn't even that monumental for it to be called that.
3.I also found it hard to believe that there wasn't a new society that arose from the citizens of Godspeed. True, they were drugged by Eldest but I would have thought the people that were called "mentally ill" would be overthrowing the rudimentary government that Eldest had. There would have been a lot of opportunities here.
4.This reminded me of Batman Begins when Ra's al Ghul was poisoning the water in Gotham. This is precisely what Eldest did to control the citizens - poison their water supply.
I am not sure if I would be reading the sequels of Across the Universe. I might have to wait for the ebooks to be available at the public library before I would read it.”
“I'm entirely uncertain what I thought about this book. I read it very quickly, even though some aspects of the writing really bothered me...and the characters felt rather odd. I figured out the mystery not a quarter of the way into the book and just kept waiting for the other characters to figure it out. And some elements of the story were just plain freaky...and not in a good way. Still, I might pick up the next one...I'm fairly interested to see how the characters move forward from here.”J. Leigh Bralick wrote this review Monday, April 22, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“I loved this book. Worth the read. For science fiction and romance lovers, you will eat this book up. Please read it!”rabbitlover210 wrote this review Friday, April 19, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Review courtesy of Dark Faerie Tales.
Quick & Dirty: This was a great Sci-Fi filled with suspense, mystery, and a touch of romance. I found the story to be very intriguing and hard to put down.
Opening Sentence: Daddy said, “Let Mom go first.”
Amy has spent the last 300 years frozen on a space ship called Godspeed. She decided to leave earth with her parents and travel 350 years to inhabit a new planet. She’s not supposed to wake up until the journey has ended, but something goes terribly wrong and she is woken up 50 years to soon. Amy was 17 years old when her parents decided they wanted to leave earth. She loved her life on earth she had great friends, was in love with her boyfriend Jason, and just all-round loved her life. Her dad gave her the choice to stay behind and live out her life, but Amy couldn’t do that to her parents. She decided to give everything up and go with them, but now all her dreams have been shattered. She has been woken up, but her parents won’t be until they land on the new planet which isn’t for another 50 years. Amy is going to have to adjust to living on the strange ship. Everything is so different from what she has ever known. Most of the people are emotionless, they all look the same, and differences are frowned upon. As Amy struggles to adjust someone is starting to kill some of the other frozen on the ship. Amy has to figure out what is going on before her parents become the killer’s next victims.
Elder has grown up on the ship Godspeed. He will someday soon become the next Eldest and lead the whole ship. Elder is 17 years old and still has a lot to learn about how things run. Eldest is supposed to be teaching him, but he is hesitant in doing so. There use to be another Elder, but he didn’t exactly agree with Eldest. He died a few years ago, and now Eldest has to start over with the new Elder. There was a plague on the ship that killed over three quarters of the people. After the chaos there needed to be a leader and that is how the Eldest system was started. There are breeding seasons that form generations. There is a single Elder that is born a few years before each generation that is designated to be the leader for that time. Elders generation is about to be breed and time is running out for him to learn. Eldest has kept so many secrets from everyone and one of the main secrets is the frozen people that are aboard the ship. As Elder starts to uncover Eldest’s secrets he realizes that everything is not as it seems. There are many mysteries that he uncovers and not all of them are good.
The book is alters between Amy and Elders point of view. First we have Amy. She is a very loyal person. She left everything behind to be with her parents even though they gave her the option to stay on earth if she wanted. She searched for the truth even though it puts her in grave danger. There were times when she would let her past memories bring her down a little, but she usually recovered quickly and always tried to make the best of her situation. I thought she was a great heroine and I really connected well with her.
Elder was an interesting character for me. At times I felt a little disconnected from him, but other times I really liked him. At first I think he was a little bit boring, but once he met Amy, he got more interesting. He is fascinated by Amy because she is so different than anyone he has ever met. She is beautiful, independent, smart, and just different. As he gets to know Amy better, he starts to figure out that things on Godspeed aren’t as normal as he thought. Once he has the motivation he starts to really dig and find out what is really going on. He always tries to be honest and do the right thing even when it’s hard. Overall, I liked Elder the more I got to know him and I am hoping that continues in the next book.
This was really one of my first space books and I really enjoyed it. The plot had a lot of good twists and turns that kept me interested and surprised the whole way through. There was good action, blossoming romance, and an intriguing story line. While I didn’t love all the characters from the very beginning, by the end I really came to care about them. I felt that the writing was very well done and I would love to read the rest of the series. I would highly recommend this book to anyone that likes YA Sci-fi or space stories.
One of the doors is already open. A long metal tray extends from the mouth of the door like a tongue, and on that tray is a narrow clear box filled with frozen water speckled with blue glitter. Floating immobile in the ice, as still and silent as this empty room, is a girl.
It’s her hair that pulls me forward. It is so red. I’ve never seen red hair before, not outside of pictures, and the pictures never caught the vivacity of these burnished strands tangled in the ice. Harley has a book of paintings he stole from the Recorder Hall, and one of the paintings is just a series of haystack, the covered in snow, the one at sunset. Harley went loons over it, saying how the artist was so brilliant to paint stuff with different light, and I said that was stupid, there’s light or there isn’t, and he said I was stupid, on Sol-Earth there were things like sunrise and sunset because the sun moves like a living thing and isn’t just an overrated heat lamp in the sky..
This girl’s hair is more brilliant then the rays of the sun on Sol-Earth captured by an artist Harley said was the most genius man ever to live.
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 stare down at her. She is the most beautiful thing I have ever seen, but also the strangest. Her skin is pale, almost translucent white, and I don’t think it’s just from the ice. I lay my hand on top of her glass box, above her heart. My skin is a dark shadow over the luminescence of hers.
FTC Advisory: Razorbill/Penguin provided me with a copy of Across the Universe. No goody bags, sponsorships, “material connections,” or bribes were exchanged for my review.”
“I loved this whole thing! It was thoughtful and gripping and emotional! I liked the thrill of each turn of events and I liked the good characters and despised the bad ones. This was a thoroughly enjoyable read!”Amy Lyn wrote this review Monday, April 15, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No