What intrigued me about Across The Universe wasn’t the promise of yet another YA love story or even a murder mystery set aboard a generation ship. No, what intrigued me was a premise that, in my own geeky way, I’d often wondered about.
As a long time sci-fi geek, I’ve read plenty of stories in which the author assumes we will have this capability in the future and then uses it as a device to allow characters to travel hundreds of years across the universe to reach other planets. Beth Revis, however, is the first author (I’ve read) who actually ventures into a character’s mind while in this frozen state of animation. I won’t give away what happens–
But make a note: I get all claustrophobic just thinking about it!
Another intriguing premise Beth Revis tackles is…
What if you’d lived your entire life within the confines of a spaceship, your only hope the promise that your generation would one day see landfall–only to have that hope taken away?
In Across the Universe, Beth Revis brings these two premises together and examines them through the eyes of two teens who, along the way, solve a mystery and, of course, fall in love.
Across the Universe is a fun and fascinating young adult read. While the ending felt a bit rushed, and the mystery, for me, wasn’t all that much of a mystery, the problem Beth sets up for the next installment in the series (A Million Suns), is intriguing enough to keep me hooked.