Across the Universe (Paperback)

Author: Revis, Beth

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on 6/2/2012

A love out of time. A spaceship built of secrets and murder.Set against the anti-war protests, rock & roll revolution, and mind-expanding psychedelia of the 1960s, Julie Taymor's hallucinogenic musical follows the arduous journey of star-crossed lovers Jude (Jim Sturgess) and Lucy (Evan Rachel Wood) as they and a small group of musicians are swept up in the raging waters of the volatile counterculture movement. Guided through their journey by a pair known only as Dr. Robert (Bono) and Mr. Kite (Eddie Izzard), Jude and Lucy are eventually forced to find their way back to one another after being split apart by powerful forces beyond their control. The music in the film consists exclusively of songs made popular by the Beatles during the time period depicted in the movie.

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Seventeen-year-old Amy joins her parents as frozen cargo aboard the vast spaceship "Godspeed" and expects to awaken on a new planet in 300 years. Never could she have known that she would be thrust into the world of a spaceship that lives by its own rules.


Publisher Penguin Group USA
Mfg Part# 9781595144676
SKU 220564041
Format Paperback
ISBN10 1595144676
Release Date 11/29/2011
Dimensions (in Inches) 8.75H x 5.75L x 1T
"Revis' debut starts with a bang and quickly shoots to the stars from there." (top pick)
"Beth Revis' debut novel... has some interesting ideas, combining a hodgepodge of classic science-fiction tropes into one plot, and throwing everything into a giant spaceship on a mission to a distant planet. By splitting the narrative between two first-person perspectives, Revis dodges a lot of the self-absorption that tends to come with adolescent narratives...."
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Annotation Dystopian science fiction combines with romance to create a deeply disturbing, compelling young adult novel here. Cryogenically frozen with her parents for a 300-year journey to a new planet, 17-year-old Amy is awoken 50 years prematurely because someone is trying to murder her. She soon discovers that the spaceship Godspeed has been transformed into a dictatorship run by Eldest. With a mental ward filled with seemingly normal people, personality-less drones working the ship, a "mating" season, and more, everything is wrong. Amy finds help in the form of Elder, a boy who is destined to rule the ship. Together, they unlock the mystery of the system and troubling implications. This is the first title in a trilogy.
Editors Note Amy is a cryogenically frozen passenger aboard the vast spaceship Godspeed. She expects to awaken on a new planet, 300 years in the future. But fifty years before Godspeed's scheduled landing, Amy's cryo chamber is unplugged, and she is nearly killed.Now, Amy is caught inside an enclosed world where nothing makes sense. Godspeed's passengers have forfeited all control to Eldest, a tyrannical and frightening leader, and Elder, his rebellious and brilliant teenage heir.Amy desperately wants to trust Elder. But should she? All she knows is that she must race to unlock Godspeed's hidden secrets before whoever woke her tries to kill again."An unforgettable opening scene." - Kirkus Reviews, starred review"Gripping first novel." - Publishers Weekly"A compulsively readable crowd-pleaser." - Booklist
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