Day 14: AtU Read Along Wrap Up!
Well, it is finally coming to an end. We're sad to see the AtU Read Along ending but tomorrow starts the wait for A Million Suns which is due out on January 10th of 2012. It's like 5 months away! BUT we have tons of events and such coming in those five months while we prepare for the release of A Million Suns. Promise!
Now for our wrap up. We'll start with Mindy's wrap up sentiments:
Across the Universe by Beth Revis gave us the experience of a life time. To think that someday our Earth may require this same type of evacuation of great minds and leaders to a new Earth beyond the planets and stars. It has been an ongoing story for many, many years. Beth Revis actually brings this story to life. She has given us Godspeed, the ship to take the generations through the stars to find the new Earth. She has given us the technology to preserve the body and mind’s of those needed to help make sure that the new Earth thrives. Given the nature of the ship and knowing now how the ship has functioned for hundreds of years, makes you wonder who is actually right and wrong here. How will Elder step up to the Eldest position. Will Amy influence his leadership skills and responsibility? Will the residents of Godspeed accept the “real world” aboard a ship that may never land? I have a funny feeling that we are going to get the answers we seek in the next book in the Across the Universe series “A Million Suns”. Thank you for joining our read along. We have had a great time. Discussing a book a few chapters at a time is a lot of fun for me. I get to “see” things from other minds besides my own. Thank you all so much and see you in the read along for “A Million Suns” (but STAY TUNED here for for all things Across the Universe!!
Thanks so much for coming along for the ride with us! I super appreciate it! I love Across the Universe. It was one of those books that keep you up all night because you just HAVE to know what happens. I loved meeting Elder and Amy for the first time. Elder is just so cute and sweet. I love to read his chapters. He falls for Amy because she is different and he embraces different. He thinks he knows so much when in reality, he can be pretty childlike sometimes. He begins to fall in love with Amy but has been raised to not believe in love so he tries to put his feelings into a frameworks that he understands. His mind sometimes strays into the gutter (but not nearly as much as most teenage boys' minds would). I'm totally in love with him. Amy is great because she's one of those YA heroines who doesn't whine the entire book and I dig that. Amy's a strong woman who makes the best of her situation when she finds that she can't change it. (After she whines a bit.) I also adore Harley. Harley is so ... sweet and genuine. I love that Harley likes Amy even though she's different. He trusts people (even when he shouldn't) and he loves Kayleigh even after she has been gone for a while. Harley goes all in with everything he does. Everyone should have a friend as true as Harley. The thing I love about dystopians... well, there are lots of things. I love that you get to look at a situation outside of current political structures and see it for what it is. The world in a dystopian is not like ours so you can't use the standards of our world to judge the dystopian world. I think it makes seeing right and wrong much easier, personally. You aren't concerned with left or right, conservative or liberal just right or wrong. And in a perfect world, that's how it should be. I also like that love seems to always find a way in the dystopian worlds. Trella and Riley in the Insiders. Peeta and Katniss in the Hunger Games. Cassia and Ky in Matched. Lena and Alex in Delirium. You'd think that in these unsettled worlds, love would be pushed aside to deal with the bigger issues but love always seems to find a way. I'm a hopeless romantic so I eat that up. Overall, I am thankful for the copy of Across the Universe that I was given and for Beth who created this world and this boy that I just love. Thanks again for joining us!
Please give us your overall impressions of Across The Universe and what parts you loved or hated. And fill out the form below if you have questions for Beth. We'll be letting her pick and choose what to answer. She'll also be choosing the best question to win a signed swag pack including a signed bookplate for your copy of AtU! Enter as many questions as you like before August 7th!