Patty (woodycakes) wrote,

Page Turner: Across the Universe by Beth Revis

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I can't help it. I can't stay away from YA fiction. As I try to broaden my reading list to more than YA, I find myself still going back to my favorite genre (or rather, the genre that got me started reading in the first place) and this 2012, I start it with a catch-up and a new release. It's not of the 'blow-me-away' genre, but I like it a lot, anyway.

I first heard of the series last year when poetrytoprose reviewed it on her blog and I thought it was interesting but because I was trying to repress my YA-urges, I stayed away. This year though, I thought I'd mix it up. Though I aimed low with my goal, I'll try my best to double it anyway and I'll need a whole lot of YA to make it there. I can't say bye to YA completely.

Across the Universe

Seventeen-year-old Amy joins her parents as frozen cargo aboard the vast spaceship Godspeed and expects to awaken on a new planet, three hundred years in the future. Never could she have known that her frozen slumber would come to an end fifty years too soon and that she would be thrust into the brave new world of a spaceship that lives by its own rules.

Amy quickly realizes that her awakening was no mere computer malfunction. Someone - one of the few thousand inhabitants of the spaceship - tried to kill her. And if Amy doesn't do something soon, her parents will be next.

Now, Amy must race to unlock Godspeed's hidden secrets. But out of her list of murder suspects, there's only one who matters: Elder, the future leader of the ship and the love she could never have seen coming. [Amazon]
Let's start off with how I keep seeing Amy Pond whenever they describe the lead girl, Amy. From the red hair and the pale skin and the fiery attitude, if we got a teenage!Amy Pond, she'd fit the image in my head. And to be given that choice (stay home on earth or get frozen with your parents, 300 years in the future) and have to make up your mind, makes all my high school decisions seem really trivial. I feel for her in having to leave Jason but to just leave everything she knew.

I felt her frustration every time she'd visit the cryochamber and see that red button mocking her. Who cares if your parents are important to the cause right? They're more essential to you and I really give it to Amy for not being a selfish teenager (when she has every right to be) and defrost unfreeze her parents. I would have done this right away.

Luckily, there's a cute guy on board Godspeed and he just so happens to be her age! It's lovely. Sure, he's Elder and he's genetically created to be the next leader of the ship, but we can forget about all of that. I don't blame Elder for his fascination with Amy. With the monoethnic life he's led and the very restrictive life, this new girl was sure to turn his life around and she sure made things interesting.

Not that his life wasn't interesting enough. I loved reading about the Phydus and how they repressed the Feeders or kept the 'crazy' creatives like Elder's friend, Harley in the hospital. I like reading about Harley (and his sob story about Kayleigh) and his friendship with Amy and Elder. I don't know if he was ever attracted to Amy that way. I think it was more of Elder being overly jealous and possessive but isn't it always like that in a teenage love affair? It's too bad he had to go and off himself.

And the death count doesn't stop there. I guess Revis wanted to make sure that readers knew 'no one was safe.' Sure, Eldest was getting crazy with his rules and secrets and really, how did he expect to give Elder reign one day if he didn't know any of this. Sure, Eldest had his reasons but it wouldn't hurt if he just clued in Elder from the start.

Finally, because I'm terrible with mysteries, the fact that Orion was the old Elder didn't really hit me until they finally spelled it all out. Of course, he was the obvious one with him being all mysterious but helpful and then bam! I'm the bad guy. It's very convenient that he's just frozen now.

And though there wasn't as much romance as I'd hoped for, it was pretty good, considering how fast paced this was all set. In fact, it was a little refreshing to see the characters not fall all over each other at first sight, considering how much was stacked against them. I'm glad they resolved the whole 'I-froze-you' issue quickly though. I was sure it would come up again but at least they didn't leave us hanging -- not that I had to wait for long.

A Million Suns

Godspeed was fueled by lies. Now it is ruled by chaos.

It's been three months since Amy was unplugged. The life she always knew is over. And everywhere she looks, she sees the walls of the spaceship Godspeed. But there may just be hope: Elder has assumed leadership of the ship. He's finally free to enact his vision - no more Phydus, no more lies.

But when Elder discovers shocking news about the ship, he and Amy race to discover the truth behind life on Godspeed. They must work together to unlock a puzzle that was set in motion hundreds of years earlier, unable to fight the romance that's growing between them and the chaos that threatens to tear them apart. [Amazon]
And then a few days after I finish the first book, I am rewarded with the second. So you know how I complained about lacking love in the first book? There was a bit more this time around and there was some literal rolling in the grass. Am I happy? Of course, but it still felt real even if a bit disjointed. One minute, they're confused and the next they're all over each other (and it's not even the Season!). And i guess that's how young love is, you never know what's up. So let's give them that.

What I won't give them is any sympathy for Luthor. I kept waiting for them to give me his sob story. I mean, Luthor can't be all bad, right? He raped Victria, almost attacked Amy and is just an all-around asshole, but he can't be pure evil, right? Well apparently, he is. Which really makes things easier for me. At least I don't have to be so conflicted over him.

Especially since I'm quite conflicted about Doc. I like him. More than Orion and it felt like a cop-out to have another 'he's-good-but-no' storyline again. It feels convenient he finally trained Kit, at least someone can take over but I wish it had been someone else killing the Feeders and Shippers and whatnot. I did like the Victria-being-in-love-with-Orion bit, but wish we'd seen more interaction between them.

Of course, there was the eventual rebellion. Taking everyone off Phydus does have its downsides and Bartie raising arms and leading the pack of now free thinkers was a nice side-story that I wish we'd gotten to know more. The Amy/Elder switching of POVs gives us a good look at things but I sometimes wished we'd gotten someone else's POV. I don't know if we'll see any of Bartie's POV's in the last book considering he's staying on Godspeed.

But really, they're at CENTAURI-EARTH!!! And they've been there for years. I'm guessing we'll be expecting aliens and violent lifeforms. But I'm really excited to see how the frozens will react when they get defrosted. Will they really make the Feeders fight the Centauri-Earth inhabitants? Will they be nice? I guess we'll have a year to wait and see.

Needless to say, it's a pretty interesting post-apocalyptic universe Revis has set up. It scares me how she's weaved a pretty realistic view of the future from the Phydus and the cryo chambers. It's pretty dark and pretty creepy but it got me excited and wanting to turn pages on the Kindle. It'll be a long wait till 2013 when the last book comes out but I'm sure, Shades of Earth will be an interesting read, seeing how they survive on Centauri-Earth.

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