Saturday, January 12, 2013

As They Slip Away: Review

Novella of Across The Universe.


Taking place on the spaceship Godspeed before Amy Martin wakes up and Elder takes leadership, this novella describes life at the Hospital during Eldest's reign. Focusing primarily on background characters, readers will see fan-favorite characters Harley, Orion, Victria, and more.

Selene is a singer on a spaceship that only values people who can provide important skills that enhance survival. As her friends--fellow "loons" in the Hospital--start to join apprenticeships to turn their skills into valuable labor, Selene is sent with a handful of other students to learn about the importance of art from the Recorder, Orion. The assignment pairs her with a young sculptor, Luthor, and their dangerous romance proves just how terrifying living trapped on a spaceship under the rule of a heartless dictator could be.

This tragic tale explores the background of a previously unknown character, linking the history of the ship and its residents to Amy and Elder, giving depth to the world of Godspeed.

Full version will be released on January 11, after a week-long sneak-peek blog tour.


This is a short story, so I will keep the review short

This is not the best novella I've read so far. But it's very... enlightening, you can say. in Across The Universe Godspeed gives me a really creepy feeling. And this book intensifies this creepiness. I mean, is Luthor crazy? What the hell is wrong with him?

This is a tragic story, featuring a girl who is supposed to be a talented singer but is destroyed by a crazed boy on the ship. It kind of reminds me of Luthor's weird behavior in A Million Suns (or is that Across The Universe?). Beth Revis can potray the tragedy really well, although I have to say the reason for Selene to stop taking those pills is not firm enough. Still, I appreciate her skills and the emotions is very intense.

Even though Amy and Elder is not on Godspeed after A Million Suns, this story gives some of the backgrounds of the massive spaceship. Meaningful.

Rating: 7/10 

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