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Saturday, August 6, 2011 | By: Traci

Review: Across the Universe by Beth Revis

Across the Universe
Rating: 4 out of 5

Across the UniverseSummary: Amy's parents are at a cyrogenics lab to be frozen. They are going to be placed onto a spaceship, to be awoke 350 years in the future on a new planet, a planet that will hopefully, solve all of Earth's problems if they can in fact inhabit the planet. Amy's father has military experience and her mother works with genetics and DNA. They are considered important people on the mission. Amy has a choice, she can either be frozen to go with them or she can go home with her aunt and uncle and live out the rest of her life normally on earth. She decides however to be frozen, to follow her parents to this new planet. Something goes wrong though, Amy is woken up early, too early. So early in fact, she almost drowns in the liquid that was keeping her frozen. Now, she's on a ship with strange people, with strange technology, and a lot of strange ways of doing things. Oh yeah, and let's not forget the person killing frozen people below the ship's deck. Amy has to protect her parents and live life as a strange person on a ship 'planet'.

My thoughts: I wasn't sure if this book would be something I'd enjoy reading because generally, sci-fi isn't something that I'm too interested in. It took awhile for me to really get into the story. However, I started to like it. Yes, the world is something completely different, not too many stories revolve around a completely functioning planet/society on a spaceship traveling through space on it's way to inhabit a new planet. Also the technology the people on the ship have managed to create is pretty interesting, as is how they've coped with their existence on a ship that functions as a full fledged society. They have long lost races and have become just one race, which creates a problem when Amy is awoken. However it seems this is long forgotten as the plot of the story completely plays out.

This was a pretty good read. The conspiracies and the lies really stack up at the end which makes the ending a rather interesting one. I for one am interested in how things have played out once the Elder stopped lying to the people on board. I think a sequel of some sort could be interesting but maybe one a few generations in the future. All in all, I say give this one a chance!

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