Across The Universe
- In Across The Universe, Amy is a frozen passenger abroad the spaceship Godspeed. She leaves everything behind and follows her parents as a member of Project Ark Ship. They believe they will be awaken three hundred years in the future, they will still be the same age though. However, fifty years before the ship can even land, Amy is mysteriously unplugged from her chamber. Apparently, someone tried to murder her. Elder is one of the leaders of the ship, he's the heir and he is being train by Eldest so he can lead later. Amy doesn't know who to trust or where to go.. So, she teams up with Elder to solve the mystery of the ship and find out who tried to kill her.
- Across The Universe has one of the most incredible covers ever, I love how they're opposite each other. The stars, the universe looks STUNNING! *Fangirls* Catchy name, beautiful cover, and amazing premise. It does sound like the perfect package. Now for the shocking part, the cover suggests YA romance, this is mainly a science fiction novel though. It doesn't have much romance, the cover is rather misleading. Of course, to attract people, you use catchy covers - who would really want to read a book with the cover of a spaceship right? I really liked this novel though, it has a brilliant concept and premise - the science fiction aspect is amazing. It did take some time for me to get into this novel though, Across The Universe is told from two different perspectives. It is a captivating novel that I thoroughly enjoyed.
- I liked Amy's character because she was vulnerable compared to most heroines. She has no immediate family on the spaceship, they're all strangers to her. Her parents are still safely in their chambers, she's the only one unplugged. She struggles to adapt to her new residence, and for the most part she fails terribly.
“I never thought about how important the sky was until I didn't have one.”
- At times, her character did get a bit whiny because she kept on saying "Daddy!" She never mentions her mother though, I wonder why.. She was closer to her father, but not once does she think about her mother. Although, it's understandable in her situation. At times, I wanted to shake her - other times, I quite pitied her. You can feel her desperation and isolation - Imagine that you were forcibly taken away from your family, and you would never see them for fifty years? Elder is whiny as well, he has a strange fascination with Amy - can I scream INSTA LOVE? I don't like insta love though. I did like that he still feels the teenager pressure under him. Most people with the kind of power and control he has would misuse it. He was a refreshing character though.
- There is barely any romance in this novel, it's mainly one sided from Elder. He has a strange fascination with Amy, apparently his teenage feelings are more stronger than hers. Unfortunately, Amy does not feel the same way .. yet. She's more focused on the mastermind on who unplugged her, and when she can unite with her family again. She doesn't seem to show much interest in Elder, whatever was left of the romance it was lacking. It's not a bad romance, but it hasn't been fully developed yet. I did like Harley though, he was a secondary character. He was real and genuine character - I would have liked him better with Amy, but this isn't a love triangle.
- Across The Universe is a refreshing young adult novel, it's very strong YA with it's language, descriptions, and attempt of rape. I like that it's an original concept, the world-building plot and action was great. I didn't expect that twist and ending though, it blew my mind away! I do look forward to reading more of the series. It's one of the most original and unique YA books I have read. The romance will probably develop further onto the series so let's see, however it's a promising series of pure science fiction, and that's something difficult to create in young adult.
Recommended for fans of A Thousand Pieces of You, and A Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy.