Monday, December 19, 2011
Across the Universe by Beth Revis
Recently I was lucky enough to get to attend one of the stops on the Smart Chicks Kick It 2.0 tour, getting to meet Beth Revis. I had been waiting to get my hands on her book for quite some time, so getting to meet her and get it signed was awesome. She was amazing, and her book was too. I have never really read anything Sci-Fi before, so this was an adventure out of my comfort zone. This book works dystopian and Sci-Fi together to make a combination that jives and works extremely well together. The writing was amazing, building the plot with details and personality. There was a style to the writing that was almost poetic, the text had shape at times, it was staggered to exaggerate the feelings of the narrator. The book had two narrators, alternating between that of Elder and Amy. I enjoyed both points of view equally, both were very different due to their opposite backgrounds. Amy was a strong heroine, trying to fit in, but not letting herself get pushed around. Elder was initially very obedient to orders, but as the story progressed he began to see that he had a mind of his own and he could use it to the fullest potential. The story itself progressed at a breakneck pace, there was always something happening to or around the characters, providing a net to catch the reader's attention with. The book ended on a note of suspense, leaving the reader questioning many of the things they had concluded from the story. I finished this book in two days, I found it to be hugely addictive and a great read all around, I give it a 5/5.