Across the Universe

Across the Universe

Across the Universe

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A love out of time. A spaceship built of secrets and murder.

Seventeen-year-old Amy joins her parents as frozen cargo aboard the vast spaceship Godspeed and expects to awake on a new planet, three hundred years in the future. Never could she have known that her frozen slumber would come to an end fifty years too soon and that she would be thrust into a brave new world of a spaceship that lives by its own rules.

Amy quickly realizes that her awakening was no mere computer malfunction. Someone—one of the few thousand inhabitants of the spaceship—tried to kill her. And if Amy doesn’t do something soon, her parents will be next.

Now, Amy must race to unlock Godspeed’s hidden secrets. But out of her list of murder suspects, there’s only one who matters: Elder, the future leader of the ship and the love she could never have seen coming.

Learn more about the creation of the book in this radio interview with the author!

What People Are Saying

“Wherever the series goes from here, this opener leaves an indelible imprint.”
–Starred review in Kirkus Reviews, December 1, 2010.

“Cunningly executed thriller…a compulsively readable crowd-pleaser.”

“…a believable romance and a series of tantalizing mysteries that will hold readers’ attention.”
–Publisher’s Weekly

“Who Should Read This: Well, sci-fi and mystery fans will love it, but so will any girl or boy who’s ever sat in a room full of quiet conformists and wanted to scream at them all, ‘Wake up!’”

“A horrifying and deliciously claustrophobic masterpiece that’s part sci-fi, part dystopian, and entirely brilliant.”
Kiersten White, New York Times bestselling author of Paranormalcy

“A stunning debut. Beth Revis explores what a society isolated deep in space is willing to sacrifice in order to survive, and the result is both thought-provoking and chilling. Entirely original, deeply compelling, and totally unputdownable–I’ve found a new favorite!”
Carrie Ryan, New York Times bestselling author of The Forest of Hands and Teeth

“An astounding ride! Beth Revis erases genre boundaries with a murder mystery, a budding romance, and a dystopian world gracefully integrated into a sci-fi novel that blow away all expectations.”
Melissa Marr, New York Times bestselling author of Wicked Lovely

Awards & Accolades

  • New Yorks Times Bestseller list! Across the Universe debuted at #7!
  • Indie Bestseller list! Across the Universe debuted at #15!
  • Selected as an Amazon Book of the Month: January 2011
  • Featured on the Indie Next List: January 2011
  • Featured as a GoodReads Mover & Shaker
  • Recipient of the Romantic Times Seal of Excellence
  • Long-listed for the prestigious Carnegie Medal (UK)
  • Nominated for Book of the Year from Romantic Times
  • Winner of the 2011 YA Paranormal/Futuristic Novel of the Year award from Romantic Times
  • Selected as a Texas Libraries (TAYSHAS) reading list
  • YALSA Reader’s Choice nomination
  • Selected by teens for the YALSA Teen’s Top Ten Award of 2012
  • Nominated for the 2014 Oklahoma Sequoyah Award
  • Top Ten Bestselling Novel at Malaprops Bookstore for YA Fiction
  • Featured in a “Best of” list of emerging YA SF at Bookish
  • Featured Review of the Entire Series at the National Space Society. As the reviewer stated of the series: “As we look forward to sending our first pioneers out to settle the solar system, these are important issues to be addressed and discussed, especially by the young adults who will be responsible for making these decisions in the future.”
  • Nominated for the 2014 Abraham Lincoln Illinois High School Book Award

  • Paperback Release

    The paperback version of Across the Universe was released in America in November 2011.

    You should definitely pick it up! It’s going to feature some awesome cool things inside–including a special thank you to every Facebook fan who liked the page before 1/11/11 at 11:11am!

    In November 2012, the paperback is getting a new new cover to match the repackaging of the whole series! This new cover features a cool new logo design and ice over the outside of a spaceship. The new cover will start shipping out by the end of 2012 and will match the other books in the series (including the final book of the trilogy, SHADES OF EARTH!).

    And all the names in the acknowledgments from the first paperback edition are still in the new edition. Be sure to pick up an extra sci-fi-y version of ACROSS THE UNIVERSE today :)



    Book Trailer


    For an audio interview with NPR at WAMC on ACROSS THE UNIVERSE, click here.


    Hardcover, 400 pages
    Published January 11th 2011 by Razorbill
    ISBN 1595143971 (ISBN13: 9781595143976)

    Audio Book also available:
    Audio CD, 8 pages
    ISBN 014242899X (ISBN13: 9780142428993)


    Order Information:

    Also available in:

    • Canada: Razorbill/Penguin
    • United Kingdom: Razorbill/Penguin UK
    • Australia & New Zealand: Penguin Australia
    • Germany: Oetinger/Dressler
    • France: Pocket Jeunesse
    • Greece: Patakis
    • Finland: Otava
    • Russia: Astrel
    • Turkey: Grup Yayincilik
    • Estonia: Tanapaev
    • Spain: Grup SM
    • Brazilian Portuguese: Novo Seculo Editora
    • Croatia: Znanje
    • Hebrew: Kinneret
    • Indonesian: PT Gramedia
    • Slovak: Ikar
    • Polish: Wydawnictwo Dolnoslaskie
    • Bulgarian: Colibri
    • Italian: Piemme
    • Czech Republic: Albatros Media
    • Complex Chinese: Sharp Point Press
    • Hungary: Konyvmolykepzo
    • Simplified Chinese: Beijin Guoke Media
    • Thailand: Nanmee Books
    • more coming soon!

    For additional rights information, please contact Merrilee Heifetz at Writers House.

    If your country’s not listed, please check back here later. We’re working on adding additional translation rights.

    To read a translation of the German trailer of Across the Universe, click here.