Review: Beth Revis’ Across the Universe

Title: Across the Universe
Series: Across the Universe
Author: Beth Revis
Young Adult Fiction, Sci-fi, Dystopian
Publication Date: January 11, 2011

Stuff is happening on Earth that is maybe not the greatest. But we have found another planet that looks like it can support life. The thing is, it’ll take a crew three-hundred years to get there via spaceship. Amy’s parents are essential military and science personal and have been selected for the mission. They will be frozen and then reanimated when they have reached the planet—with a crew powering the ship. Although given the option to stay on Earth, Amy gives it all up to follow her parents.

Problem is, somebody un-freezes her too soon—in an attempt to murder her. Now she must figure out the secrets of the ship—and the unfamiliar people who populate it—without her parents. The only person that may be able to help her is Elder, the ship’s future leader.

It has been a while since I completed this book, but I still wanted to write a review to tell you all my thoughts and so I can write reviews for the rest of the series. So bear with me if some things are kind-of vague.

The whole story is told in duel point-of-view, with a short chapter from Amy and then one from Elder. I feel like both are protagonists, instead of just having one main protagonists and then a side character with a pov. Their significance in the story is very balanced.

I would definitely call it kind of a blend between sci-fi and dystopian, with us obviously being in space and on a spaceship then kind of this dystopian failing Earth and then a different kind of dystopian political set-up on the ship. I really liked it, and I thought the way the ship society was set-up was really unique.

Essentially, there is an Eldest who rules the whole ship and then an Elder who is learning from him to be future leader. Birthing and pregnancy is controlled and only allowed during “The Season”—which is educed by hormones and is very animalistic. It creates strict generations and age groups. But it works out that the Eldest/Elder is birthed specifically between generations. There are some pretty sketchy things that are going on in terms of medical and controlling people.

My one big problem was the pacing of the novel. It took too long to get things moving. Amy was frozen for way longer in the book than I expected. I thought we would start and she would be unfrozen right away, but it takes a good chunk of the beginning. It dragged for me. But I managed to power through thankfully, because once it started things kept happening being revealed.

The book is just one revelation after another.

I like Amy. She ended up being the most relatable in the context of the story. She is being thrust into the strange world of the ship unaware and by herself. Additionally, she sticks out like a sore thumb. After hundreds of years stuck on the ship, all its inhabitants look the same—tanned skin, dark hair, dark eyes. And they don’t accept difference well. Amy is pale and red-headed.

I enjoyed the struggle she has of if she should wake her parents or not, knowing she might never see them or when she does that she will be older than them.

Elder a little less relatable. He has kind of been brainwashed his whole life on the ship, but with Amy’s awakening he is starting to ask questions. Be aware, Amy is the only girl that he has ever met that is his same age, so he is interested in her right away. Like Amy has the struggle when it comes to his parents, Elder has the struggle of what he should believe from Eldest and his responsibility of what is best for the ship versus what is right.

Neither one of these characters is going to become my favorite, and I like them not love them. But they were developed enough to keep me interested in the story.

A space-thriller, with new information and treachery happening at every turn, Across the Universe is available on Amazon and the author at


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