Across the Universe by Beth Revis is a fantastic and thrilling science fiction novel that will engage readers until the end. Amy is frozen along with one hundred other humans to travel to the new planet. The frozens are supposed to be woken up three hundred years later, however, someone wakes up Amy early in an attempt to kill her. When this happens to three other frozens, Amy and Elder, the next in line to lead the ship, must discover who the killer is before more frozens are dead.
The beginning of Across the Universe is extremely gripping. Revis uses intense description to make the unrealistic scene of Amy becoming frozen all-too real. The plot only intensifies and develops from there. With the story being told from Elder and Amy’s points of view, the reader can really get used to both character’s extremely different personalities. The reader can also be slowly introduced to the world that Revis has developed aboard a spaceship two hundred years into the future.
The mystery aspect of the book is brilliant. The clues are so intricate and detailed, yet revealed further apart to keep the reader guessing until the very end. The environment plays into the story a lot, and you can really feel Amy’s emotions especially throughout the novel. The sub-conflicts throughout the book are very detailed. The ending leaves the reader at such a cliff-hanger that the reader will be dying to know what happens in A Million Suns, the sequel, immediately.
Overall, this book has all the right elements and combinations of different characters, a gripping plot, superb writing, and originality. Across the Universe is a novel that will leave readers speechless.