Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Across the Universe (Across the Universe, #1) by Beth Revis

Across the Universe (Across the Universe, #1) by Beth Revis 
Rating 2/5

It wasn't entirely terrible, but it just wasn't plausible. The way the ship is set up with some kinds of technology but not others is one of many things that didn't make sense to me. You have food dispensers in the walls but are weaving fabric and making clothes by hand? Why would you use air tube elevators instead of regular ones? Why are you still farming with tractors? Never mind that, why and how are you farming for centuries in the same soil on a spaceship? And then there's the issue of how someone could be dreaming or even conscious while in cryostasis. Or how a ship flying through the vacuum of space "slows down". Science fiction is meant to be scientifically reasonable given what we currently know about science. You have to at least attempt to explain something that happens in the story that flies in the face of that.

This book was about a handful of people running back and forth between a few key locations to have repetitive conversations. The only two characters I actually liked met with bad ends. Finally, the bouncing back and forth between Elder and Amy's perspective was annoying and sometimes confusing because their voices weren't distinctly different - I couldn't always remember whose chapter I was reading. I didn't much care for either of them.

The basic idea of this book is interesting: trapped on a spaceship during a centuries-long trip to colonize a new planet. It had a lot of potential. Unfortunately the execution was poor. Neither the characters, their actions, nor the "world" they lived in was believable enough for me. I won't be reading the rest of the series.

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