Sarah (Escaping Through Books)

Across the Universe

Across the Universe - Beth Revis Science fiction is not my genre of choice, but I wanted to give this book a shot because I've always been interested in outer space and haven't encountered many books that are set in space. I almost put down the book after reading the first chapter because the description of the process of how Amy and her family became frozen cargo grossed me out quite a bit. However, I'm glad I kept reading because this book was incredibly exciting and full of secrets, lies, and murder. I was expecting for this book to be an epic romance based on the gorgeous cover, but there was very little romance in this story. This was somewhat disappointing for me because I love good romance storylines. However, I think Amy and Elder's relationship will become more romantic in the next book and I suppose it is a nice break from "instant love" relationships we often see in YA fiction. The first half of the story does a great job in introducing the reader to life aboard the spaceship. I've mentioned before that I sometimes have trouble engaging myself in dystopian worlds, but I easily became a part of this world when reading the story. The second half of the story was perhaps the most thrilling 200 pages I've read in a long time. I was dying to uncover various secrets alongside Amy and Elder, and my jaw dropped to the floor at some of the revelations.I'm so glad that I decided to read this book even though it was outside of my "comfort zone" of genres. I can't wait to pick up the sequel, A Million Suns!