Thursday, December 16, 2010
Across the Universe is a fascinating and tense read and Revis snags your attention from the very beginning with her detailed and unflinching descriptions of the cryogenic freezing process and Amy's conflict over her agonizing decision. The book bounces back and forth between Amy and Elder's points of view, even while Amy is still frozen, which helps give the reader a greater view of the world inside the Godspeed and helps the reader to understand Elder's background and life, which is far different from ours. The book is well-paced and moves quickly despite its length, and the many little mysteries make for one compelling plot. Some are easy to figure out, but Revis does manage to throw in a couple of real surprises as the book unfolds. She writes some really excellent, tense, fearful scenes that will have you cringing, but she also demonstrated the desperation of being trapped on the ship in other more subtle ways, like in the character of Harley. Telling the truth, no matter what the cost or consequences, is a strong message in Across the Universe, even up until the shocking end, which will leave you thinking about the Godspeed for quite a while.
Cover Comments: The cover I have posted above is just gorgeous. I love the stars and the use of the light and all of the different shades of color--it's breathtaking! And the silhouettes are perfect--it gives you the feeling of being connected over great periods of time, which Elder and Amy are. However, it's a very romantic cover for a book that will greatly appeal to guys as well, which is why it is being published with a reversible cover...which, unfortunately, I couldn't find a picture of...but it is neat as well, just not as cool as this one, in my humble opinion!
Across the Universe will be available on January 11th, 2011!
ARC provided by publisher.