Thursday, January 27, 2011
Across the Universe
Across the Universe
By Beth Revis
Amy is a girl who is frozen, along with her parents and many others, in order to travel to another planet that they will inhabit. The plan is that they will be frozen for the 300 years it will take them to reach this planet but Amy is unplugged 50 years early and no one knows why or who did it. Overall, Across the Universe was a book that I enjoyed. There was just one thing that annoyed me...the Season.
I plowed through the first half of the book because I wanted to know what was going to happen but then I set the book down for a period of time and I had a hard time getting back into the story. The problem was that I unknowingly set it down at the start of the Season which turned out to be the worst part of the story. At one point, I actually had to set the book down and check out other reviews online to see if anyone else felt the same way I did because I was so appalled.
I was so grateful for Google Book Blog Custom Search (which I finally added to my sidebar because I use it all the time) and I just got lucky that the first blog on the list was Melissa at One Librarian's Book Reviews because she said exactly what I was thinking (Click HERE to read her review). I just felt that the Season was unnecessary, or at least part of it was. I think Revis could have made her point without going so far over the top. The story did pick up again after the Season and we were able to get back to everything else. Aside from the Season and the fact that some of the major plot points were fairly obvious early on, the story was intriguing.
Revis really captured how it might feel to be stuck on a ship that is not going to land for a really long time. To be on a spaceship, unable to see the sun or breathe fresh air or even run outside, is heartbreaking in itself. Then, to have to experience all of this surrounded by people who don't understand what they are missing because they were raised inside the metal walls and you woke up 50 years early is beyond devastating. The terror and claustrophobia and sadness are all portrayed perfectly as the mystery behind why Amy woke up early unfolds.
**Source: ARC from publisher.