The "Launch" of the Good Ship Godspeed

Today marks the release of Across the Universe by Beth Revis!! I have previously reviewed Across the Universe and you can read my thoughts about it here. This book is pretty awesome and will draw you in immediately. If you don’t know anything about the book here’s a short summary:
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.
Since today, 1/11/11 is the release of Across the Universe, it’s publisher Penguin Teen is launching an awesome site for the book. When you visit the book’s site (http://www.acrosstheuniversebook.com) you will be able to explore the ship Godspeed, the ship where the action of Across the Universe takes place. I suggest you explore the ship and search around, who knows what secrets you might find on the Godspeed. 

In the video below, author Beth Revis talks about Across the Universe  and explains more about the good ship Godspeed.

Along with the awesome website for Across the Universe, i09 will be hosting an exclusive 111 page excerpt from Across the Universe. But hurry up and read this excerpt because it will only be available for a short amount of time. This 111 page excerpt will be available for 12 hours only, from 11:11am EST until 11:11pm EST on January 11, 2011. Make sure you check it out!

Across the Universe hits shelves today 1/11/11! Buy the book online or visit a book store today and pick up your own copy. Oh and did I mention it has two fabulous covers? Do not forget to go “like” the Across the Universe facebook page where all sorts of cool things occur.

To learn more about the fabulous author, Beth Revis, you can visit her at:

Across the Universe is published by the wonderful people of Penguin Teen. Find them online at:
Check out the beautiful book trailer below!! 

Congratulations to debut author Beth Revis with today’s release of Across the Universe! Don’t forget to pick up your copy and check out my lovely review of Across the Universe today!

Review: Across the Universe

Across the Universe
Beth Revis
Publisher: Razorbill
Release Date: January 11, 2011
Pages: 400
Source: Borrowed from Gail
Ratings: 4 Stars
Summary (from Goodreads):
A love out of time. A spaceship built of secrets and murder.
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.
Across the Universe was a refreshing read, combining sci-fi, romantic, mystery and suspense. Beth Revis has written a stunning debut novel.
I want to start out this review discussing the first chapter of this book. I have never been more in love with a first chapter as much as am with this book’s first chapter. Beth Revis has writing a fascinating beginning to a great story that captivates you literally from page one. The first chapter starts out from Amy’s point view, showing the cryogenic freezing of her parents and herself for their mission on the ship the Godspeed. I was creeped out yet fascinated by the description of the process and the emotion’s Amy was feeling and what she was thinking while the freezing was occurring. This first chapter definitely captured my attention and had me very intrigued to see where the rest of the book would go.
Beth Revis did not disappoint after the first chapter. This book is told in dual point of view between Amy and Elder. While I usually really dislike two or more points of views, I felt that it worked create in the case of Across the Universe. I really have no clue how the story would unfold without the two different perspectives. Amy is a foreigner on the Godspeed, completely isolated from the inhabitants of the ship after her early awakening. Elder is the future leader of the ship, board and bred on the ship. Their differing points of views provide different insight on life on the ship, and the secrets that are kept on the ship.
While I found the plot sometimes slow, overall, I extremely enjoyed the story. I loved the whole idea of having no where to escape, no where to go,  a lot of the feelings that Amy felt. The story was well-written and the emotions felt completely real. However, I found the some of the plot twists a bit predictable, but enjoyed the unveiling of them even if I figured them out in advance.
After reading this book, I wanted to learn more about Elder and Amy. I wanted to know what happens on the Godspeed next. Beth Revis has written a great debut. I truly loved how she was able to capture the feeling of isolation and loneliness. Across the Universeis a very good book that was something a bit different from a lot of other YA books out there, and for that I was glad. I cannot wait to read more from Beth Revis in the future since I highly enjoyed her first book.

Waiting on Wednesday (17) – Across the Universe

Across the Universe
Beth Revis
Publisher: Razorbill
To be released: January 11, 2011
Summary (from Goodreads):
A love out of time. A spaceship built of secrets and murder.
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.
This book sounds really interesting, and something that is completely new. I cannot wait to read it and see other people’s reviews about this book!
Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly event highlighting exciting upcoming releases. It is hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine.