Beth Revis is back!! I can’t say how excited I was for this book, especially after loving loving her Across the Universe series. More science fiction!
Now, I’m really not a science fiction person. I think reading Beth’s first series was my first real introduction to it and since then I’ve watched Doctor Who and all, but I can’t say that I’ve fully immersed myself in the genre. I remember in university, I had to take a math class in my first year, so I took one that people called ‘Math for Music People’ … is there such thing as ‘Science Fiction for Non-Science Fiction People’?
I thought this book was a LOT of fun. Super creepy and suspenseful, though slightly predictable, but still a really good read. It was the perfect book for my first read of the year! And can I just say how awesome that cover is? So beautiful.
I loved the whole mystery about this book. I’ll admit it, I did see some things coming, but I had no idea what the outcome would be. I think I was mostly intrigued about reading the book after hearing people talk about exploding androids — I mean, what? Beth delivered on that part and there were some really cool scenese that I’m sure only Beth Revis could pull off!
I really enjoyed the characters, even if I wished they had had slightly more depth. The main character, Ella, was slightly flighty at times, but I could understand her panic, especially since the world she knew seemed to be crumbling around her. What was real? What wasn’t real? Who could she believe? The mind is such a powerful thing and man is so eager to replicate himself that it was so hard to figure out what was really going on! It kind of rang true with what’s going on in the world these days — everyone wants to clone everything and I’m sure somewhere someone is trying to make a computer that thinks.
Now that’s scary.
This book was everything that I was expecting and more. I loved the whole futuristic aspect of it and really felt that the world building was pretty amazing. There was one little shout out to Beth’s first series which had me fangirling as I read … and while it might not have been as good as Beth’s first series, it was still a pretty good standalone book.
Did you read that? This is a standalone book! That’s almost unthinkable in the YA world right now. I will admit that I was a little disappointed to see that this wasn’t part of a series, but it was quite refreshing to have a YA book end on an ending and not a cliffhanger.
The only things I wasn’t too fond of in the book was the romance — it’s not that I didn’t enjoy the romance, but it was slightly weird. Also, Ella’s love interest was just a bit one-dimensional, but I found that it didn’t deter from the enjoyment of the book at all.
I’m so excited to see what Beth comes up with next and reading this book has made me interested in rereading Across the Universe again because when it comes to accessible science fiction, Beth really knows what she’s doing. She knows how to write it and keep readers who might not be into the genre interested. She keeps me very interested!
Are you a Beth Revis fan? Have you read this one?