Amy was cryogenically frozen along with her parents so that she could be among the first settlers on a new planet. Elder is the next leader of the ship, Godspeed, that will take her there. Everyone is happy on Godspeed, except for those who are crazy. But is this paradise everything that it seems to be?
I think the premise of this novel had the possibility of being great, but it fell short of that potential. Way short.
There are a ton of tiny plots in Across the Universe, which would be fine if they were treated properly. Half of the plots are pointless and have no resolution or are empty. The other half point towards the ending and were so obvious they might as well have been written in neon. I don’t know why so many YA books seem to talk down to their readers, like we won’t catch on to something unless it’s repeated a thousand times. YA readers aren’t idiots, and a lot of us want to be surprised. Try some subtlety please.
I also have a huge issue with Amy’s characterization. Let’s just say something pretty darn huge happens to her (a couple things actually) that would drive most people insane. Amy, apparently, has no mental scarring whatsoever. Really? Then why even have these things happen to her? What was the point?!
And this is what I found myself thinking through most of this book: what is the point of this? It’s not something you want to be thinking while reading any book. By the end of the book, I was just glad it was over, and I was sad by the wasted potential. It sucks when you see excellent ideas go bad because they simply weren’t planned all the way through.
Books with similar aspects
Glow by Amy Kathleen Ryan
Ender’s Game by Orson Scott Card
recommended to people who like space?
not recommended to people who don’t like answers shoved at them
Don’t just take my word for it!
“Ultimately, Across the Universe is not as compelling, exciting or romantic as it is painted out to be. Teen readers looking for a hint of sci-fi with their romance will enjoy Elder and Amy’s shy courtship.” Angel @ Mermaid Visions
“Across the Universe is definitely a page turner.” – Kyle @ A Reader’s Pensieve