This month’s Spotlight Week features the ACROSS THE UNIVERSE TRILOGY by YA Author BETH REVIS

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Across the universe copies

ACROSS THE UNIVERSE

416 pages, Hardcover

Genre: YA, Ages 12 and up

Published on November 11, 2011 by Razorbill

ISBN-10: 1595143971

ISBN-13: 978-1595143976

 

First Line: Daddy said, “Let Mom go first.”

Synopsis:

A love out of time. A spaceship built of secrets and murder.

Seventeen-year-old Amy joins her parents as frozen cargo aboard the vast spaceship Godspeed and expects to awake 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 a 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.

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A MILLION SUNS

386 pages, Hardcover

Genre: YA, Ages 12 and up

Published on January 10, 2012 by Razorbill

ISBN-10: 159514398X

ISBN-13: 978-1595143983

First Line: “This isn’t going to be easy,” I mutter, staring at the solid metal door that leads to the Engine Room on the Shipper Level of Godspeed.

Synopsis:

Godspeed was once 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.

In book two of the Across the Universe trilogy, New York Times bestselling author Beth Revis mesmerizes us again with a brilliantly crafted mystery filled with action, suspense, romance, and deep philosophical questions. And this time it all builds to one mind-bending conclusion: They have to get off this ship.

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SHADES OF EARTH

400 pages, Hardcover

Genre: YA, Ages 12 and up

Published on January 15, 2013 by Razorbill

ISBN-10: 1595143998

ISBN-13: 978-1595143990

 

First Line: “Wait,” I say, my heart clenching.

Synopsis:

Amy and Elder have finally left the oppressive walls of the spaceship Godspeed behind. They’re ready to start life afresh–to build a home–on Centauri-Earth, the planet that Amy has traveled 25 trillion miles across the universe to experience. But this new Earth isn’t the paradise that Amy had been hoping for. Amy and Elder must race to uncover who–or what–else is out there if they are to have any hope of saving their struggling colony and building a future together.

But as each new discovery brings more danger, Amy and Elder will have to look inward to the very fabric of what makes them human on this, their most harrowing journey yet. Because if the colony collapses?

Then everything they have sacrificed–friends, family, life on Earth–will have been meaningless

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My Review:

Beth Revis’s ACROSS THE UNIVERSE TRILOGY is one of my most favorite YA trilogies of all time.

From the first lines of ACROSS THE UNIVERSE to the last paragraph of SHADES OF EARTH, author Beth Revis has kept me hooked.

I got chills when I read the first chapter of ACROSS THE UNIVERSE. The vivid description of how Amy began her journey into space was so gripping and memorable that the images lingered in my mind long after I’d finished the book.

Majority of the story is set in space, and Beth Revis does an amazing job of making the spaceship Godspeed come alive, without being so overly technical in her descriptions. She cleverly uses the setting to elevate the drama and suspense in her story.

The books are told from the point of view of the two main characters Amy and Elder. Amy was born in Soul Earth and sees Godspeed as a prison. Elder is shipborn and thus considers Godspeed his home.Witnessing the unfolding events from both the eyes of an outside, and that of an insider, gave me a complete and deep perspective of the whole story.  I loved being privy to these two characters’ constantly changing and evolving relationship. I truly enjoyed witnessing their love for each other deepen throughout the series.

But what I loved most about the books is the over arching story itself. Being trapped inside a dying spaceship with no hope of ever seeing the planet you thought you’d call home is bad enough. Add the excitement of a budding teen romance, the mystery of why the spaceship is centuries late for its landing, and the suspense of having a cunning murderer on the loose–and you have a series that you just simply can’t stop reading.

Although I adored the first two books, I have to say SHADES OF EARTH is my absolute favorite. The author’s ability to create mystery and suspense and to world-build is most obvious in this final installation. I enjoyed reading it so much that I was actually sad to see the story end. Beth Revis weaves the storylines masterfully and ties everything up neatly. I was left with a feeling of utter satisfaction at having completed such an amazing journey with the characters I had come to love.

ACROSS THE UNIVERSE, A MILLION SUNS & SHADES OF EARTH are all awesome reads. This trilogy will make your heart pound and flutter for all sorts of reasons. I recommend these books to anyone who loves space operas, thrilling romances, and suspenseful mysteries. Or just anyone who loves a great story.

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Tune in again on Wednesday for an interview with the awesome Beth Revis.

 

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12 Responses to “Spotlight Week: Across the Universe Trilogy by Beth Revis”

  1. Thanks for the review. I loved the first book. The second was okay. I haven’t read the third one yet.

  2. M.J. Fifield says:

    I haven’t read this series, but I’ve heard excellent things about it. I do own the first book, though, and to intend to read it one of these days.

  3. I’m loving the alternate covers. Thanks for the awesome review! :)

  4. tcavey says:

    Sounds like a really good series! I’ll have to put it on my reading list!

    I’m currently reading the series, “Wrath and Righteousness” by Chris Stewart.

  5. These books have some of the coolest covers EVER. I still need to read the second and third, but I loved the first!

  6. I’ll have to remember to pop back for the interview.
    Great covers!
    xx

  7. unikorna says:

    The cover is lovely and the action seems very intriguing. Congrats on your review, I did not know you were a book reviewer, you’re doing an amazing job :). Kisses.

  8. I read book one and I have book two. I want to read them all. I love the covers. I hadn’t seen the third one.

  9. Beth says:

    You are so lucky to live in Cali! Ty for stopping by today!

  10. Akoss says:

    I’ve only read Across The Universe but now that the trilogies are complete I’m going to enjoy reading them back to back.

  11. Mary Pax says:

    I’m a huge Firefly fan, too. It was fun to learn more about Beth and her books. I haven’t read them, but I have heard of them.

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