Cress is definitely my favourite of the series so far. I love Cress, I love Thorne, I love Cinder, Iko, Kai, Wolf and Scarlet (Though I wish the lastCress is definitely my favourite of the series so far. I love Cress, I love Thorne, I love Cinder, Iko, Kai, Wolf and Scarlet (Though I wish the last two had had a little more screentime in this one). I love the dialogue (definitely Marissa Meyer's strong point) and it often made me laugh out loud. The plot was fast paced, super fun, and had me completely glued to the pages for hours on end. It wasn't as predictable as Cinder was, and the mythology with the Lunars and whatnot wasn't as convoluted. I still don't care for Levana or Sybil or any of the other villains characters', but that's a minor complaint. I feel like this would be perfect to adapt into a Firefly-esque television show, preferably with Joss Whedon at the helm. *cough* ridiculous wishful thinking *cough*. Either way, this is a fabulous book, and I will counting down the days till Winter comes out....more
Better than the last! So completely unputdownable that once I finished I was so angry I wanted to throw my book across the room since there was no wayBetter than the last! So completely unputdownable that once I finished I was so angry I wanted to throw my book across the room since there was no way I could wait for another year for the next book.
Characters: Yes! I still loved Elder and Amy (and even better, Elder&Amy) and could totally relate to what was going on (ok mostly, since they were on a spaceship). I felt their pain along with their happiness and I simply couldn't wait for them to finally get together! The supporting cast were awesome but I didn't care for any of them other than Amy, Elder and Harley (I miss him so much!). You never knew who to trust, and I completely guessed the wrong killer this time even though it should have been obvious.
Plot: So good, just so good. Unbeatable. Unstoppable. Fast-paced and simply so intense you could do nothing but read and read and read.
Action/Adventure: One word, intense.
Romance: Amy+Elder<3 I love them together. They're simply perfect for each other and their relationship came naturally. Amy is smart to question her feelings instead of jumping into the 'oh I love you but don't even know why since we're horrible together' like so many stupid teen novels. She's smart to think, 'well do I love him since we're the only kids on board and we have be together, or would I love him above all the other boys if he was on earth with me?' but after a while I was just like get together already!!! Thankfully they do:)
Writing style: The writing suits the book perfectly, never pausing in intensity, its the kind of writing that makes you desperate for more.
POV: Same as last book, the POVs weren't written differently, but the characters are still different. Elder and Amy think differently, process info differently, and have different opinions on things. This is what makes reading the dual voices so interesting.
Plot twists: The first surprised me sometimes, yet I still managed to predict most of it. This one however, I predicted one major plot development, then feeling proud of myself attempted to figure out the rest before the characters did. I failed miserably. It should have been so obvious as to whodunit but somehow it managed to elude me. My suspect however, was involved just not the mastermind which should have been completely easy to figure out but nope, it wasn't. It didn't come out of no where though, and I along with the characters are far from stupid. Well done, Beth Revis. All the clues Orion gave to Amy were just genius! And I admire her even more for managing to solve them. Man, that girl is smart!
Page-turning ability: This is what all books aspiring to be page-turners should look up to. I couldn't finish fast enough, yet I never wanted it to end. Ugh!
Names: I loved how the names reflected the setting. Names are gonna change throughout the centuries, of course they will. The names of the characters on the ship mix names from present days and give them a believable futuristic spin. Ex: Mary or Mara to Marae. Plus, Elder is such a good name. Not sure why, but it just suits him. Amy suits her too, since it's good to have one normal common name thrown in.
Similarity to other works/uniqueness: This book manages to be very unique in a time of cliches and rip-offs and offers a fresh view of sci-fi. The next book seems like it will be sorta like Avatar and that makes me so excited.
Ending: OMG I nearly died! I equally hated and loved this cliffhanger since I'm so happy that what happened at the end happened but I simply cannot wait for an entire year before learning what happens next!!!
Title: BEST TITLE EVER! Seriously, it's just beautiful and perfectly fits the book.
Cover: Gorgeous, but what else can you expect from an Across the Universe book? I want whoever published it to publish my book (when I finish it) so I can get a gorgeous cover like that.