Book Review: Across the Universe by Beth Revis (Reviewed by Lyndsey)

Across the Universe is the debut novel from Beth Revis. It was published by Penguin on 3rd March and the book is 416 pages long. Thanks to the publisher for providing an ARC for review.

On the spaceship ‘Godspeed’ seventeen year old Amy has been cryogenically frozen, along with her parents. The trip is supposed to take 300 years with the destination being a new planet but things don’t quite work out that way. 250 years into the journey, Amy is accidentally woken up from her frozen state and she finds herself forced to live on a strange ship with even stranger people and rules.

What was originally thought to be an accident turns out that someone on the ship tried to kill her, along with others who were frozen. Her parents are still safely frozen but for how long? Will they end up like some of the other frozen passengers who didn’t survive being woken up or will Amy be able to figure out what is really going on? In order to do that, she needs the help of Elder, who is training to be the new leader of the ship. He seems like he is just as much in the dark as she is but together, they could do so much more than figure out a mystery!

What I thought
Across the Universe is told in dual narrative form by main characters, Amy and Elder. I really enjoyed being able to see the story from two different perspectives as the characters had completely different lives.

Elder is different from the other people on the ship. Even though he is training to be leader, he has many questions about the way in which things are run. In order to become a good leader, Elder knows that he must learn everything he can about the running of the ship but also why things are done in certain ways and Eldest doesn’t like this. The fact that Elder was so inquisitive was one of the reasons that made me like him so much. He could see that there was more going on than what he was being told and was determined to find out what those things were.

I felt so sorry for Amy, more than I have done for a character in a book for a long time. After being cryogenically frozen and then woken up by accident, Amy finds herself all alone on the ship. Not only is she all alone, but she is in a completely different world compared to being on Earth before being frozen. I cant imagine how hard that must have been for her, especially feeling like there is no one she can talk to or trust. Amy is also a red head like me so I had to like her for that! Considering everything that she had been through, I thought she dealt with it all extremely well. There is no way I would have been as strong and brave as she was.

While Across the Universe is beautifully written, it was so slow to start for me. So slow as in 17 chapters. As I had heard so many amazing things about this book, I was determined to carry on, no matter how insane I was going with it. I’m not really sure why I disliked it so much to begin with though, maybe I just wasn’t feeling it that day or maybe it was the whole being set in space thing. Thankfully, after chapter 17, things got a whole lot better. The plot really began to show promise at this point and I realised just how much mystery there was and what a strange world Beth Revis had created. The world building is intricate and well detailed but it is also explained extremely well so you can really get a feel of what it is like being on that ship.

Across the Universe has one hell of an ending and that really redeemed this book after the slow start for me. The whole book has a lot of built up tension and it all comes down to one massive cliff-hanger. I was literally gasping at some of the things that were being revealed and couldn’t quite believe what I was reading. Because of this, I will definitely be wanting to read the next book in the series. I am so glad that I carried on with this book and gave it a real chance. I would have missed out on something fantastic otherwise.

Find out what Vicki thought about Across The Universe later today!


  1. I have read quite a few reviews that say it's slow going at the beginning. I'm so glad all came right for you at the end though. I am looking forward to reading it when it releases over here next week.

  2. I agree that it started a little slow but I think it was necessary. The ending was superb, completely agree about it making you gasp! Thanks for the review and I'm glad you enjoyed it!

  3. Oh no, damn 17 chapters, that is an awful lot. I have high expectations for this so I guess I'm going to try to keep an open mind. I hope it's not slow for me.

  4. I really want to read this. It's good to know it's a slow start though so when I do get to it, I know to stick with it lol. Thanks for a great review.

  5. It's interesting to see how your views compare over this book :)

    Great review, shame about the books slow start though :D


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