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BLOG TOUR: Across the Universe by Beth Revis + UK giveaway

Today I am pleased to host a stop on the UK blog book tour for Across the Universe by Beth Revis

I have loads of goodies to share with you

Firstly - I have the official book trailer for you to view to give you a taste of what the book is about

Secondly -  I have my review of the book

Across the Universe by Beth Revis
Published by Razorbill
Challenge: DAC
Source: Review copy (thank you Razorbill)

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.


I have been waiting for this book for ages and unlike a lot of the "hyped up" books I have read recently I was not left disappointed!

I enjoyed several things about this book. I firstly loved how original it was, I'm not aware of (and certainly haven't read) anything quite like it. I loved the Sci Fi spin but also how it wasn't really geeky Sci Fi and quite accessible to someone who wouldn't usually read that genre.

The first chapters of this book was excellent. The scenes describing the process Amy and her family went through to be frozen for their voyage were quite harrowing and much more real than any film I have ever seen the process being portrayed in.

The first half of the book is quite slow but engaging throughout. I enjoyed meeting the main characters and finding out about the ship and its mission to a new earth. I loved how it flicked between Amy and Elders differing narratives and loved finding out more about the ship and life on board it from their very different perspectives. I spent a lot of it feeling totally heart broken for Amy and the situation she finds herself in. During the scenes when she sits and sobs I wanted to sit and sob with her.

For me the book turned a corner with the scene when Amy was attacked during the Season in the field. I thought it was really well written and it marked a turning point in the story. From there on the pace of the story sped up and so many twists, turns and revelations were thrown at me that I didn't want to put the book down. There are some fascinating story lines which are unpicked - ideas about the season, the great plague and those about how leaders should ethically rule. Without saying too much about the final outcome I will say it was awesome and left me surprised and desperate for more.

All in all an awesome debut novel set in a fantastically original world with brilliant characters. I can't wait for the rest of the series to be released!
Finally - Razorbill have generously said I can giveaway a copy of this fantastic book on my blog by filling out the form below - please read the following before you enter!

You must have a UK mailing address
You don't have to follow my blog but I would love it if you did
One entry per household, please fill in all details or your entry won't count. Your details will be stored securely and only used to contact if you win (Razorbill will send the prize out themselves)

contest closed!!! winner picked and contacted


Anonymous said…
Wow, fabulous giveaway!

I have heard before that this book is a little slow to start. It sounds like I'm going to need a box of tissues next to me when I read it, WHEN I win it! (How's that for positive thinking LOL)
Rebecca-Books said…
AH I have waited a long time for this book. It looks great.

And I love the giveaway. It's nice to have it just for the UK. Normally it's just either US or International. But yeah...great giveaway! :)
Yay entered for the library :D
Skimmed your review as I started reading it last night.
You have given me a trailer idea too :D Thanks