My rating: 2 of 5 stars
If I had been ten years younger and hadn’t read so many sci-fi and dystopian books already, I would have liked Across the Universe a lot more. It’s not to say this book is bad. Not at all. But throughout the whole time reading this book, I kept seeing recycled ideas, themes, and a pervasive feeling of reading it all before.
Everything is a little cliched in the book and the characters all felt a little sterile, even the main ones. The mystery of who’s screwing things up on the ship was tantalizing enough to keep me reading, but I already had a hint of how the story as going to end up. The themes in the book were just very heavy handed.
Across the Universe would be more enjoyable to someone who’s not an avid reader of dystopian fiction.
Lesson learned from this book: things ALWAYS go wrong in space.