Genre: Young AdultRating: 5 stars
(The last time I gave a book a 5-star rating was back in December, so this is pretty exciting haha)
What can I say; this book truly has a great premise. It's very original and is something I haven't read before. I especially love the fact that it has everything for everyone - sci-fi, dystopian, romance, mystery, thriller, a bit of humor, a bit of darkness... you get the point. Started out slow in the very first few chapters - and I mean Chapters 1 to 4 - but that might have been just because I was being a little bit too impatient.
I enjoyed the protagonists, Elder and Amy, a lot. As narrators, they are awesome. I was hooked, and found myself really liking the two. Their connection is very realistic. I LOVED the fact that the romance part was a slow process. It wasn't cliche, pretentious, and forced in any way whatsoever. I hate it when two characters think they are in love with each other after one conversation or something; it just doesn't happen that way, in my opinion. Across The Universe does a great job making the romance part believable.
Beth Revis is definitely going to be a favorite 2011 debut author for me. I thought the writing was awesome; perfect amount of details, not cliche, not corny, unpretentious - definitely a natural story teller. As for its pace, I have to say it's just average. It's not fast, but it's definitely not slow either. This could be an issue for others, but it wasn't for me because I never once was bored with it.
To be honest, I was reluctant to read this book because it has received so much hype, but I am so glad it lived up to it. (At least, for me) It was just an entertaining read with an awesome plot line, great narrators, solid writing, okay pace, a great ending. And if it counts, it has a gorgeous cover too. I do recommend this to anyone who likes the YA genre. 5 stars for sure.