Sunday, February 27, 2011

BLOG TOUR: Across the Universe by Beth Revis Review + Giveaway

Across The Universe
by Beth Revis
Pages: 398
Publisher: Razorbill UK
Publication Date: 3rd March 2011
Advanced Reader's Copy

Summary:
A love out of time. A spaceship built of secrets and murder. 

Seventeen-year-old Amy joins her parents as frozen cargo aboard the vast spaceship Godspeed and expects to awaken on a new planet, three hundred years in the future. Never could she have known that her frozen slumber would come to an end fifty years too soon and that she would be thrust into the brave new world of a spaceship that lives by its own rules.

Amy quickly realizes that her awakening was no mere computer malfunction. Someone--one of the few thousand inhabitants of the spaceship--tried to kill her. And if Amy doesn't do something soon, her parents will be next.

Now Amy must race to unlock Godspeed's hidden secrets. But out of her list of murder suspects, there's only one who matters: Elder, the future leader of the ship and the love she could never have seen coming.

I don't know much about science fiction, and probably have never read any of it in my life, so I was really unsure about what exactly to expect even though I knew I *had* to read this. There's been a huge buzz about this book in the blogosphere, a hype that seems to be going around like a bug.

Amy is just one of the hundreds of people who have been cryogenically frozen and are being held on board the Godspeed, a ship that is set to land on a new planet 300 years into the future. But something really unexpected happens, and Amy finds herself awake. Waaaaaaaaay ahead of schedule. Living on the ship, Amy discovers that it's very different from life back on Earth, and then she realises that it can't have been a malfuction with the cryo chambers, but that somebody is intentionally unplugging them, leaving the innocent people inside to melt, and eventually die. It's murder, and Amy is determined to find out who exactly is behind this before another person is killed. But can she do it knowing that the murderer is walking around the ship, and could be planning another kill? And these people..this..'Elder' who was born and raised on the ship, on his way to becoming leader..can she trust him? And solve the mystery at the same time?

Across the Universe opened with one of the best first pages EVER. There is a pretty creepy description of Amy and her parents..waiting to be frozen. It's totally haunting. And the whole 'freezing' process was incredibly scary, I could never have even imagined what Amy and all the other people being frozen had to be going through! It was described so realistically as well! Scared the hell outta me!

Revis did a fantastic job of describing the ship to us. The detail didn't confuse me at all and I could just picture myself standing inside the Godspeed, in Amy's place. I did expect a little more romance between Amy and Elder, but I think it just about works without all of that which shows what an outstanding book Across the Universe really is.

I liked that the story was narrated by both Amy and Elder, in alternate chapters. It was great to see the ship and the events in the novel through both perspectives because Amy and Elder both have minds that work very differently and they contrasted really well, making the story flow smoothly and adding more depth.

Amy and Elder were both realistic - flawed and relatable. I was drawn the Amy from the start. She had to make a really difficult decision for somebody of her age, and any normal teenager would have chosen to opposite route of what she chose. I admired her determination to solve the mystery, because she could have easily recoiled from it, but she didn't and that alone made her so likeable. Elder was sweet, he came across as pretty innocent and naive about the history of Godspeed for somebody who was going to be the future leader! His idolization of Amy was fascinating; he's pretty lonely, apart from Harley there's nobody else he can really talk to, so it was easy to understand his interest in Amy. And despite their differences, at heart, they were pretty similar. By the way.. the (shocking) discovery we make near the end blew my mind! I was not expecting it at all! (I won't say anymore!)
Oh and Harley's character was a great addition to the novel! He made things seem light-hearted, and maybe even fun, I was sad for what happened with him..but I was also happy for him. He got to do what he had always wanted and seeing him sound so happy made me want to smile.


I have to say the only downside of the novel was that most of it was incredibly slow-paced and it made me want to put the book down at times, because it felt like nothing was really happening, even though what I was reading sounded so interesting (does that ever make sense?!). I think most of it was setting the scene, building up the world, and by the end I wasn't really bothered about the slowness because it made things more intense, and the set-up for the rest of the book was amazing.


By the end, we uncover all the secrets and the lies on the ship and find out what was really going on. There was *such* a great mystery aspect that I really appreciated. An extremely well-written, suspenseful debut, it's gripping and thrilling, a totally dystopian-sci-fi masterpiece.

AND OMG HAVE YOU SEEN THE COVER? *dies* (The cover above is the US cover..I like it a little more because whereas this one has all these breath-takingly-beautiful stars behind their faces, the UK one is just white on the top half.) *shuts up now*
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Giveaway.

Thanks to the awesome people at Penguin/Razorbill UK, I have one copy of Across the Universe for one lucky person!

To enter, comment on this post with your favourite sci-fi/dystopian novel/book/film/whatever and I will pick one winner (only UK addresses, please) via Random.org.

You don't have to be a follower, but if you like what you see, it will be appreciated! 

Ends 13th March.

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♥Iffath

4 comments:

  1. Really good review. I so have to read this book! The Hunger Games is my favourite dystopian novel. Looking forward to the film so much (even if it is over a year away) - think Hailee Steinfeld will suit Katniss.

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  2. My favourite sci fi film is definitely Inception. It was so confusing, complicated and amazing.
    I don't know if you've read it, but it's about going into a dream in a dream in a dream... It's ridiculously brilliant and you should watch it! Plus, it stars Leonardo DiCaprio ;)

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  3. Ooh, it's so hard to choose just one! I guess I'd go with Gone by Michael Grant; I just can't desribe how good it is!
    You have a really really awesome blog by the way - it's really professional! :)

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  4. Lets see... one of my favorite SciFi movies if Serenity. I still don't understand why they cancelled the show.

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