Thursday, January 13, 2011

A Bookanista Review: Across the Universe

To those of you that stopped by yesterday, I apologize that I had no post/vlog as I'd intended. I've been battling a nasty bug, but even so I was up until 3 AM working on the vlog, In the end, technical difficulties got the best of me.  And just as I was starting to feel better, I've had a bit of a relapse. Still, I wanted to post my review of Across the Universe, as it was released this week and because it's awesome, but my apologies in advance if I flu-ramble. I will try not to infect you with my cooties.

Also, be sure to stop by and see what the other Bookanistas are highlighting this week!

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Elana Johnson and LiLa Roecker celebrate the release of Across the Universe with giveaways

Christine Fonseca gets lost in Nightshade

Shannon Messenger raves about Like Mandarin with an ARC Giveaway

Jamie Harrington thinks the outlook is good for The Secret Society of the Pink Crystal Ball

Shelli Johannes-Wells celebrates Harcourt winners

Michelle Hodkin, Carolina Valdez Miller and Shana Silver travel Across the Universe

Scott Tracey gets some Clarity

Myra McEntire is In The Fort with Beth Revis

Megan Miranda falls head over heels for Fall For Anything

Bethany Wiggins is living for Three Quarters Dead

Jen Hayley worships Unearthly

Carrie Harris flips for Hold Me Closer, Necromancer

Kirsten Hubbard goes crazy for Delirium

ACROSS THE UNIVERSE

by Beth Revis

Across the Universe

Goodreads summary: 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.

My review

I picked up ACROSS THE UNIVERSE thinking that it would be a sci fi novel. And while it was--complete with all sorts of cool futuristic spacey technology, I discovered it was so much more than that. ACROSS THE UNIVERSE is like STAR TREK meets THE GIVER bound together by a delicious romance (and lets face it, all the best books will have a delicious romance). Already, I know this will be one of the best books of  2011 for me. I read this book straight through in one day without stopping. Every chapter had me by the throat.

While AtU is set so far in the future, on a spaceship with cryogenically frozen bodies no less, the learning curve is actually not that huge.  Beth does some really cool things with language, as well as with structure that really helps to pull you into this futuristic world without you even realizing it, weaving in details of this world and its history into the narrative in  a masterful, unnoticeable way. For writers, there's a lot to be learned in the way of technique. For readers, it's like taking a trip aboard the Godspeed, albeit one full of secrets and lies.

The mystery is one of the most exciting aspects of the book, as Elder and Amy uncover clues  bringing them closer to answers--and to the murderer. But AtU is more than just a mere mystery, or a mere dystopian--more, even, than a simple combination of genres. It's a powerful book that says so much about right and wrong and that muddy space in between. It questions what it means to be human, to love, and to fight tooth and nail to protect that which you love.  It highlights issues of leadership, war, and "true" history.  AtU offers the reader so much to think about without being preachy or obnoxious, asking readers to come up with their own conclusions about the choices and sacrifices they would make to preserve the things most important to them.

ACROSS THE UNIVERSE is a book rich with complex emotions and conflict, but fast paced and gripping. You won't be able to put it down.

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I will make a tremendous effort to post that vlog tomorrow!

27 comments:

  1. I've read the first chapter, and it's wonderful. Glad to see the whole book is just as good.

    And get bettter!

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  2. Yay Beth! Yay AtU! Yay!

    Boo flu! Boo technical difficulties! Boo!

    That's all I got today.

    *disappears in a cloud of smoke*

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  3. Based on the Bookanistas reviews of this book, I know it is a great read. I'm looking forward to it.

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  4. Excellent review. This book is actually why I am so pissed about the weather here. I had planned to pick it up on Tuesday but the local B&N has been closed.

    Luckily they had a big part of it online, so I'm working on that.

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  5. Great review! But, man, I wish my copy would hurry up and get here. I want to read it!!

    And, I hope you feel better!

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  6. Great review Carol! Can't wait to read this

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  7. It's just FAN-freaking-TASTIC!!!

    SO happy this book is getting all this press, because it TOTALLY deserves it!

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  8. Hurray Beth!! It was an AWESOME novel!!!

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  9. I LOVED this book SO much!! Hope you get feeling better ASAP!

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  10. Still reading, but I love, love, love ATU so far. Seriously, everything about about it, especially, as you said, the way it makes you think about what it means to be human.

    Great review, thanks!

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  11. I SO can't wait to read this one. I'm saving it for something special like a long weekend, or the beach or something

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  12. I'm reading it now and loving it so far!

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  13. What Simon said! :-)

    I loved ATU! Loved it! Feel better, Carol.

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  14. Hope you feel better soon!

    Great review! I'm looking forward to this!

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  15. Sorry you're sick, lady! I'd say, take care of yourself and get well *first* -- vlog = way way way lower on the priority scale!

    Get some rest!

    Also, faboo review! :)

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  16. Man, your review is what I wish I could've written. Hope you feel better soon!

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  17. I hope you feel better soon. Nasty bugs are evil, especially when they show up uninvited and refuse to leave. They're like squatters.

    Great review, this book sounds like a lot of fun and I'm always up for some fun!

    Jai

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  18. I hope you'll feel better soon!

    I've started reading ACROSS THE UNIVERSE and am really liking it so far.

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  19. I can't wait to finish this - the first chapter was terrific!! :)

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  20. Sorry I haven't been over this way in a while! I am trying to mend my bloghopping ways. ;)

    Hope you are feeling better soon! I am really excited to read Across the Universe. It seems to be getting rave reviews all over! :)

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  21. What a great review. Your blog friends will understand if you are late in your posts -- the flu bug that is going around is nothing to toy with. Have a great end of week, Roland

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  22. Hope you're feeling better! I'm really looking forward to reading Across the Universe since there's so many raving reviews for it.

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  23. I need to get myself this book, I did the preview of it last week it sounds amazing. x

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  24. I really enjoyed Across the Universe! Wonderful review.

    I also saw you commented on my review of The Healing Spell by Kimberley Griffiths Little and I thought you might like to see an interview I did with her. IF you'd like to read it you can click the link here: http://midnighttwilightsbookblog.blogspot.com/2011/01/kimberley-griffiths-little-interview.html

    Thanks!

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  25. I've been meaning to read this. It sounds great and now I want to read it even more. Great review!

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  26. SUPER good right? I was surprised at how much I enjoyed this since I'm normally not a sci-fi girl. :D

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