Series: Across the Universe #2
Published by Razorbill on January 10th, 2012
Genres: Dystopian, Science Fiction, Young Adult
Godspeed was once fueled by lies. Now it is ruled by chaos.
It’s been three months since Amy was unplugged. The life she always knew is over. Everywhere she looks, she sees the walls of the spaceship Godspeed.
But there may be hope: Elder has assumed leadership of the ship. He’s finally free to act on his vision—no more Phydus, no more lies.
But when Elder learns shocking news about the ship, he and Amy race to discover the truth behind life on Godspeed. They must work together to unlock a mystery that was set in motion hundreds of years earlier. Their success—or failure—will determine the fate of the 2,298 passengers aboard Godspeed. But with each step, the journey becomes more perilous, the ship more chaotic, and the love between them more impossible to fight.
Beth Revis catapulted readers into the far reaches of space with her New York Times bestselling debut, Across the Universe. In A Million Suns, Beth deepens the mystery with action, suspense, romance, and deep philosophical questions. And this time it all builds to one mind-bending conclusion: They have to get off this ship.
The one orange rating may be a little harsh since I didn’t finish it, but I just can’t deal with it, and I really tried. I don’t understand why people are in love with this series. I wasn’t convinced after Across the Universe and while reading this my apathy only grew.
Not only do I not feel any sort of connection or liking towards either Elder or Amy, I find their relationship so asdfjkl; annoying. I just found myself rolling my eyes the entire time. It may be that I’ve reached my YA capacity again and need to mix it up with more adult books – that does tend to happen to me. There comes a time when my ability to accept bullshit fails. Like I’d mentioned in my review of Across the Universe I just don’t understand why Amy is still attracted to/not repulsed by Elder, or refuses to show any sign of a backbone. Like, one moment she says she blames him (rightfully so) for waking her up, but then she still loves him. There’s so little development to their relationship that I can’t buy it. I just can’t.
But the characters (or should I say lack of personalities) are to me inexcusable. The personalities are so static and so undeveloped, I can’t handle it. To me, if I finish a book (or in this case get halfway through the sequel) and still can’t think of one good adjective (besides, in this case, stupid, annoying, or ignorant) to describe the personalities of the main characters, that book is nothing for me.
But yeah, I got almost half way, didn’t enjoy a second of it and just gave up. I was only growing more annoyed reading it. And while what bothered me the most was the characters, the story couldn’t hold my attention either. After officially giving up, I read some other reviews and saw similar criticisms – also indicating it didn’t get any better. And I spoiled the story for myself by looking at plot summaries and the “twists” sounded like plot elements I’d *headdesk* at. So yeah.
TL;DR: this series just isn’t for me. This is not how I like my sci-fi, or basically any series at all.