“update: after reading the rest of the series i decided to bump up the stars and added to my favorites.
i would rather give it a 3.5. i liked it and will continue with the rest of the series but there were somethings i felt were rushed and somethings i thought took FOREVER for the characters to figure out. ”
“I really liked this book and would recommend it BUT I found it difficult to imagine that *spoiler alert* no one would question the arrival from nowhere of this new person, Orion, who takes over the Recorder job...and why did no one ever notice he didn't have a wi-com and then put two and two together? ”samccarthy wrote this review Sunday, February 27, 2011. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“IT'S GOOD BUT ITS A LITTLE GROSS and they killed my favorite character =::(”Narcissa Kidd ~as long as we're together~ wrote this review Saturday, February 26, 2011. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Emotion, pure emotion. It was plusing through this book. Just think if you were the only one who knew about the past and everyone hated you, what would you do?”Jessica C wrote this review Saturday, February 26, 2011. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“I was pleasantly suprised with this book. I was hearing a lot of hype about it and I looked at the summary and thought it sounded like something I haven't read before. I am typically not that much of a fan of science fiction, but I have to say that I thoroughly enjoyed this book. The idea was original, and it kept me guessing until the very end of the book. Even at the last ten pages I was shocked that I was still discovering things. Even though I found the Season a little bit disturbing, I got over it because I have read worse before. The biggest thing to realize before reading this book is that it really is not a romance. It is first and foremost a science fiction book, then action and adventure, and then romance. But I would say to give it a go. :)”Emily G wrote this review Friday, February 25, 2011. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Great science fiction story! There are so many gaps in the telling that the story is one dimentional. I also find it difficult that a sixteen year old, given a choice, would choose to be frozen over staying behind with her boyfriend. As the story unfolds and we learn a bit more about Amy's past, it makes you wonder about a human's ability to lie to oneself. Truth or Lies the big question everyone faces. It will be interesting to see what happens in the next story.”Owl wrote this review Friday, February 25, 2011. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Excellent sci-fi novel, that there is sure to be a sequel too. I highly enjoyed most of this book, with their take on control and the future, but I did think the ending was slightly rushed. ”Erin wrote this review Wednesday, February 23, 2011. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“I read this book in four hours. Well, four hours and 30 minutes because 15 pages from the end I had to leave to pick kids up from school and I was chomping at the bit to get back home and finish it.
Sometimes I'm a bit wary when I hear people hyping up a book. I heard about how amazing a certain series with an emo teenage girl and a creepy vampire was and I was less than impressed when I gave in and read it. I tend to like to read books before the hype starts up on them - but this one.. the hype had started months before its actual release.
So when I saw it in the bookstore I picked it up, was somewhat put off by how shiny the cover was (something I don't like, call me weird), put it down and walked away - then I remembered I had a 20% off coupon and decided - what the heck, I can always give it away to a sibling I don't like much. =)
That was two weeks ago. Today I picked the book up and wondered why the heck I waited so long.
Across the Universe is a sci-fi thriller filled with cause and effect of living life in a controlled environment. The story starts off with some pretty hard-hitting descriptions and only progressed from there. Amy, the teenager who has to choose whether or not to follow her parents into a sleep that would last 300 years, is a gusty 17 year old girl who is thrust into something well beyond the typical teenager life.
This book was filled with twists and turns and I gasped a few times even! I was thoroughly caught up in the story, felt every betrayal, felt the fear and the pain of various characters and was really, really sad to be closing the book on the story. That's my biggest complaint - it was too short.
Across the Universe is a great addition to YA Fiction - and even more fantastic, it opens up the science-fiction genre in a very accessible, approachable way. My only hope is that this book inspires kids to go out and find books like Enders Game by Orson Scott Card.
“ Amy never wanted to be frozen and shipped to a new planet 400 years away even though scientists say that it can support human life. She didn’t want to give up her friends, her family, and her boyfriend. She wanted to stay on Earth and watch the evening sky, see the sunrise, hear the sound of crickets chirping. But her parents were going because they were needed there to help develop the planet. And that was the only reason why she had herself frozen in a glass box and boarded on to Godspeed.
It’s when 350 years pass, before the ship Godspeed reaches its destination, that Amy gets the surprise of her life. In her frozen slumber she hears a door open and feels the water begin to…melt? Within no time Amy is fully unfrozen. Thanks to the Dr. and Elder she didn’t drown in the case of water. One thought still nagged in her head ; Someone tried to kill her!
Now Amy has to learn how to survive on Godspeed for the next 50 years. How can she do that when almost everyone on the ship is crazy? Only the residents in the Hospital seem normal to her and act like normal human beings. There is just one thing. To everyone else on the ship the people in the hospital are… Crazy! How will Amy survive if all the normal people are called crazy and all the crazy people are called normal? To make matters worse, all the people, even the “crazy” ones call her a freak! Maybe it’s because she is the only person with red hair, pale skin, freckles everywhere, and sea green eyes that sticks out like a sore thumb. Or maybe all of the people on board were told a big lie by Eldest, the leader of the ship. Only Elder, (I know crazy right? Elder, Eldest?) doesn’t think she is a freak at all. In fact he thinks that Amy is the most beautiful person he has ever seen. But can Amy trust him? Especially when he has been fed lies his whole life from Eldest. Can she figure out why all the people on board act strange? Maybe it is because the Season will be coming soon. The Season is when the whole population of Godspeed breads children and now that Amy is awake so must she.
While all these questions nag in her head, more and more people are being awaken from their frozen sleep. Some are not as lucky as others. Some are being suffocated in the unfrozen water in their tanks. Others were caught being unplugged and were safely put back in their frozen slumber. Why is it that some tanks are unplugged and others were not? Who is the person killing them and why? Will Amy and Elder be able to figure out who is the murderer on the ship? And will that person try to take Amy’s parents as well?
What I like most about this book is that it makes you think about our ways of life. What does it mean to be a real human? In this book the people aboard Godspeed didn’t really get the chance to make decisions for themselves. From birth they were given a chemical that made them all the same. Same hair, same color of skin, same color of eyes, mostly everything about them was the same. When they were a kid they were either taught to farm or be a scientist. The Eldest would put a drug in their water that makes it harder for people to think. The Eldest always made the decision for the people; never allowing the people to make their own choices. People who didn’t agree to his demands or who the drugs didn’t work were sent to the hospital being told they were crazy and that people should stay away from them. All the lives of the people who lived on Godspeed were just a lie. Everything that they were told was a lie. While reading this book I wondered if our way of life is all just a lie. I wonder whether this is really just a giant elaborate ship and that all the leaders of the world are lying to us? That are way of life is not how it’s suppose to be like all of the people on board of Godspeed. In this book it has you thinking hard about life if you are willing to let your mind think about it at all.
But what I dislike about this book is that it is very limited in the age range. That it might not be for young adults (roughly ages 14- 21 years old maybe a bit younger) but for teens 17 and up. When it’s time for the Season, which is in the middle of the book, it is inappropriate for young teens. Going into elaborate description of their affairs and Amy’s own raping , it again may not be appropriate for younger teens. But that is just my opinion. Because the publication company says that this book is a young adult’s book then I guess that teens who want to read this book can. Just be warned that it does go into subjects that are for older teens.
Come and look through Amy and Elder’s eyes as they try to unravel all the mysterious things that are happening in board Godspeed. As they discover if the truth is really what they want to hear. Sometimes it’s better to not know anything than to know everything.