Across the Universe by Beth Revis

Posted on September 14, 2010

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Hearkening back to the intended purpose of this blog, I have read the first chapter of a book and am going to offer my opinion and speculation.

The book I chose, as the title of this post suggests, is Across the Universe by Beth Revis.  I received the first chapter of this book by email due to my long time readership of Publishers Weekly online.

At just over 12 pages, this introductory chapter is one of the most engrossing I’ve read.  It is the story of a young woman, Amy, witnessing the cryogenic freezing of her mother and father.  The first chapter exposes the entire process of cryogenic freezing, and the human response to that process.  First, Amy sees her mother frozen, weeping softly, trying to be strong so her daughter isn’t scared.  Then comes her father, who tells her, just before becoming completely paralyzed, that she doesn’t have to go through with this.  Amy must choose then what she will do.  Should she leave her friends, remaining family and the beauty of nature just to stay with her family to be unfrozen 300 years in the future?  Or does she walk away from the chilly reality of cryogenisis, to lead a normal, human life on earth?

She decides it is best to be frozen, and wake up again with her mother and father on a new planet many years in the future.  But just before the freezing process completely takes over her body, the engineers let slip a secret, the frozen folks won’t depart for another year.  Amy struggles to hear what they are talking about, but too quickly the water over takes her completely and she falls into a 301 year slumber; or does she.

That is where the first chapter leaves off, a cliff hanging lead-in to what is shaping up to be an astounding novel.  I can’t wait to pick this book up when it releases in January to discover what happens to Amy.I highly recommend this book based on my impression of the first chapter and I hope those of you who pick up this book enjoy it as much as I am planning to.

Here is a link to the book’s website and the option to read the first chapter just like me.

Until next time,

Andy

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