First off, a note. You don’t know how emotionally difficult this review is for me. Because whenever I write about Beth Revis, my brain automatically adds that extra e. And then it’s staring at me. Revise. Revise. You should revise. And then I delete the E, but my brain still knows it’s there. So then it’s Revis(-e). Silent, but there.
And in less crazy news, let’s talk about Across the Universe. First, the fact that Beth has taken what’s essentially Sci-Fi, and made it both completely approachable, and yet utterly fascinating at the same time, had me in awe. I knew I was going to be hooked with this book when I read the chapters in the beginning about cryogenics. I had NEVER thought about being frozen like that before, and the image would not stop haunting me as I read the book.
It’s interesting, because reading it, I thought Elder was the more approachable of the characters. I don’t know if this was because he was a boy, and I’m a boy, or if it was something on the part of the storytelling, but Elder’s the one for whom the strange life aboard the Godspeed is NORMAL. He doesn’t need things explained like the rest of us do. Or like Amy does.
There were little details in the book that absolutely fascinated me. I’m a sucker for world-building, and I especially love when an author can give you a throwaway line that gives you SUCH a strong sense that the world is so different than the one you know. It’s like on Fringe, when they first introduced the alternate world, and you learn that coffee is rationed. (Can you even IMAGINE??? I think I would die). There’s a line about a historical figure in Across the Universe that really made me stop and ponder over.
Across the Universe also gives you a full story, one that comes full circle. When someone asked me about it, I said that it was a little like The Hunger Games in that regard. The Hunger Games is a trilogy, and so is Across the Universe. But when you finish The Hunger Games, it’s a full story. At that point, you couldn’t possibly imagine the events that were going to take place in Catching Fire and Mockingjay. And I think Across the Universe has the same fascinating position. I don’t already know where the series is heading (which is ironic, in a series about a spaceship), but it’s totally fascinating.
Across the Universe comes out THIS Tuesday, so you should drop whatever you’re doing, and pick it up! And check out the other Bookanista reviews:Michelle Hodkin gushes about The Near Witch Elana Johnson schools us on The Education of Hailey Kendrick LiLa Roecker celebrates XVI’s book birthday Christine Fonseca raves about Wither Shannon Messenger travels Across the Universe with a special giveaway Shelli Johannes-Wells gets Lost in the River of Green Beth Revis is captivated by Prisoners in the Palace Carolina Valdez Miller is mesmerized by The Healing Spell Megan Miranda takes a peek through The Marbury Lens Shana Silver is digging Delirium Jamie Harrington tells the truth about The Liar Society Jen Hayley dies for a Touch Mortal Bethany Wiggins dotes on Paranormalcy