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bookaddict24-7:

On my way to work and enjoy this one. By the way, I bought this #tfios #bookmark at #indigo—so, either check out a store or order online!

peetaslongbun:

Oh hey look, a 12 year-old just grasped the main concepts of The Hunger Games more accurately than most media networks.

Hope you’re all having a great day!

I’ve been really busying today working on some things for the blog, so I’ll be answering the asks I received today sometime tomorrow :-) Sorry for the wait!

classicpenguin:

A few years old now, but still too much fun: Amy Fleischer's lovely, inventive redesigns of our Penguin for the 75th anniversary. Classics, indeed.

becoming-thereader:

hoping to get to all these for the treesofreveriereadathon, but I’ll probably only finish American Gods and start The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland. I have a tonne of scary and time consuming stuff to do for uni so I don’t know if i’ll have the time to read. I do really need to reread The Book Thief asap though!

Across The Universe Trilogy - Beth Revis

‘A budding romance and a dystopian world gracefully integrated into a sci-fi novel that blows away all expectation.’ – Melissa Marr (Blurb of Shades of Earth)

This trilogy was highly addictive, thought provoking and unique. It’s a sci-fi dystopian series, with a little bit of romance thrown in, but I liked that the love aspects didn’t dominate the book. It’s full of mysteries and discoveries, and features issues with society and morals. These are really great books.

The story is about a journey to a new planet called ‘Centauri-Earth’ and because it takes centuries to reach the planet, scientists and military personnel are frozen and are to be awoken up when the ship, Godspeed, arrives at the new planet.

The two protagonists in Across the Universe are Amy, born on Earth and chose to go with her parents to the new Earth, and Elder, a descendant of those who live on the ship and future leader. The book chapters alternate between narrations from Amy and Elder.  Amy and the rest of the people from Sol-Earth are cryogenically frozen and left to their thoughts for three centuries, however Amy is woken up 50 years early.

The sequel is called ‘A Million Suns’ and furthers our questions about society and the difficulties in leading a ship full of manipulated people. This second book, for me, was a lot more about Elder and his responsibilities and finding things out about this ship he’s spent his whole life on and yet doesn’t know much about it. It is also really fun because there are clues now for Amy and Elder to follow, and Elder makes a HUGE discovery.

The final book in the trilogy is called ‘Shades of Earth’ and it’s the beginning of something completely new and different and terrifying.It differs from the first two books in a refreshing and exciting way, furthering Godspeed’s journey to the new Earth and creating even more problems for Amy and Elder. I laughed and I cried. My goodness, it’s such a great book.

I cannot express how much this story through the three books twists and turns, once you think you’ve figured it out, there’s a whole new piece of information that changes everything. 

Also, Beth Revis coins some new words such as ‘frex’ as swear words, and I think it’s just overall fascinating to see a new society that has developed that is so different from how things generally are on Earth. I was also hugely impressed by her writing particularly when Amy is frozen, and when the characters are under the effect of a drug. And the character developments are incredibly well done.

The only annoying thing about these books is that the covers are not consistent. For me, the covers were more important than the format so I bought all three books with the same style cover despite the last book, Shades of Earth, being in paperback.

I gave them all 5 stars!

Here’s my review for Across The Universe novella – As They Slip Away!

Lauren, acrossmyfictionaluniverse, 2014.