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"Across the Universe" by Beth Revis

[MINOR SPOILER ALERT (in the paragraph about the characters)]

Across the Universe was an amazing sci-fi book. Now, I've never read any sci-fi books besides Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams and Foundation by Isaac Asimov in a Sci-Fi Lit class two years ago. But AtU was very good. I loved it. It was sci-fi, romance, and mystery, but, there was absolutely no way that anyone could predict who-dun-it.

I admit, it took some time to get into it. It wasn't that it was bad, but for some reason it didn't pull me in enough. It might've been because at the time I was unfocused, but I'm not sure. Though after about half of the 400 pages, it was addicting and I couldn't put it down!

My favourite character was definitely Harley. I don't know why. So so so so sad. He was a very sweet character.
My least favourite character turned out to be Orion. I seem to hate the guy-with-good-intentions-but-fails-with-evil worse than the guy-who-was-always-evil-through-and-through, though I don't know why. I guess, the evil guys are expected to have evil ways of getting their evil things done. But the other guys have good goals, but then they think up stupid, evil ideas to make the goals work. So they're, like, good-posers.
But all the characters were very well-written and real.

The ending was ridiculously unpredictable. Not the conclusion of the who-dun-it, but when Elder shared his dark secret kept throughout the book. I found it really really shocking that a secret like what he had could be hidden from the reader when half the time he's the narrator.

I was very impressed with the POV changing through the book. For some reason, when I've seen this done in other stories (mostly read online), I think it seems a bit tacky when the author jumps from character to character. But the characters in AtU were so different and weren't together, so not only was it interesting to hear things from each characters' "voice", but it made a lot of sense. And, the fact that it was so consistent added a lot more elegance to the book.

All-in-all, it was a wonderful book. I'm going to try to read more YA sci-fi. And now let's hope all those books live up to the high expectation that has been set by Across the Universe by Beth Revis!

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