Across the Universe (novel)

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Across the Universe
Author Beth Revis
Country United States
Language English
Series Across the Universe trilogy
Genre Science fiction/
Young adult/
Murder Mystery /
Publisher Razorbill (Penguin)
Publication date
January 11, 2011
Media type Print (Hardcover, Paperback), Audiobook
Pages 416
Followed by 'A Million Suns'

Across the Universe is a young adult novel written by Beth Revis. First published January 2011, it was the first book in a trilogy. The book made the New York Times Bestseller List for Children's Chapter Books, and received a starred Kirkus review.

Plot summary[edit]

Hundreds of years in the future, the spaceship Godspeed travels toward a distant planet with 100 cryogenically frozen settlers on board. One of them is seventeen year old Amy, who wakes early and finds herself in the middle of a strange, regimented society made up of those born on the ship over generations. With the help of Elder, the ship's only teenager and future leader, she has to solve a murder mystery and save the ship. They must hurry before they both run out of time.


The second novel, A Million Suns, was released on 12 January 2012; the third, Shades of Earth, on 15 January 2013.

Revis has also written short fiction that takes place in this universe, including "As They Slip Away," a novella available as a free download from Penguin Teen,[1] as well as short stories in the anthologies "Defy the Dark", edited by Saundra Mitchell, After, edited by Ellen Datlow and Terri Windling,[2] and Shards and Ashes, edited by Melissa Marr and Kelley Armstrong.[3]


Across the Universe debuted on the New York Times Bestseller List for Children's Chapter Books at #7 in January 2011,[4] and received a Kirkus starred review.[5] It was long-listed for the Carnegie Medal,[6] and chosen as a YALSA Teens Top Ten book for 2012.[7]

The sequel, A Million Suns, debuted on the bestseller list at #10.[8] It was named a Best Teen Book of the Year by Kirkus Reviews.[9]

When the final book in the series, Shades of Earth, received more pre-orders than the previous two books combined, Revis' publisher launched a copy of Across the Universe into space.[10]


  1. ^ "As They Slip Away". Retrieved March 1, 2013. 
  2. ^ "Lois Tilton reviews Short Fiction, mid-October". Locus Online. Retrieved March 1, 2013. 
  3. ^ "Shards and Ashes". Harper Collins Childrens. Retrieved March 1, 2013. 
  4. ^ Schuessler, Jennifer. "Best Sellers - The New York Times - January 30, 2011". Retrieved March 1, 2013. 
  5. ^ "Across the Universe by Beth Revis (Starred Review)". Kirkus Reviews. Retrieved March 1, 2013. 
  6. ^ "The CILIP Carnegie Medal Nominations for 2012". Retrieved March 1, 2013. 
  7. ^ "YALSA's Teens Top Ten 2012". Retrieved March 1, 2013. 
  8. ^ Cowles, Gregory. "Best Sellers - The New York Times - January 29, 2012". Retrieved March 1, 2013. 
  9. ^ "Best Teen Books of 2012". Kirkus Reviews. Retrieved March 1, 2013. 
  10. ^ "See Beth Revis' 'Shades of Earth' launched into space". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved March 1, 2013. 

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