Sunday, 5 December 2010

Across the Universe Trailer!

Sorry for bombarding you guys with news again...but hey, this is really exciting! To me, anyway. ;)
I assume you've heard about this book, and seen at least one of it's two covers?

Old Cover                                            New Cover

 If not,here are some details:

Title: Across the Universe
Author: Beth Revis [blog]
acrosstheuniversebook.comAcross the Universe @ Penguin Aus

AMY has left the life she loves for a world 300 years away
Trapped in space and frozen in time, Amy is bound for a new planet. But fifty years before she's due to arrive, she is violently woken, the victim of an attempted murder. Now Amy's lost on board and nothing makes sense - she's never felt so alone.
Yet someone is waiting for her. He wants to protect her; and more if she'll let him.
But who can she trust amidst the secrets and lies? A killer is out there – and Amy has nowhere to hide . . .


Amy is a cryogenically frozen passenger aboard the vast spaceship Godspeed. She expects to wake up on a new planet, 300 years in the future. But fifty years before Godspeed's scheduled landing, Amy's cryo chamber is unplugged, and she is nearly killed.

Now, Amy is caught inside an enclosed world where nothing makes sense. Godspeed's passengers have forfeited all control to Eldest, a tyrannical and frightening leader, and Elder, his rebellious and brilliant teenage heir.

Amy desperately wants to trust Elder. But should she? All she knows is that she must race to unlock Godspeed's hidden secrets before whoever woke her tries to kill again.

Across the Universe is Titanic meets Brave New World.

A futuristic dystopian romance with elements of space and time travel? Count me in! The lovely folks at Penguin Australia gave me a copy for review. I love the white cover of the ARC, but I do hope that the new cover will be released in Australia. I noticed on the website, the cover hasn't been changed to the new one...
If it's already been printed though, then we'll probably just have the white cover, because reprinting will cost a lot, wouldn't it? If the book sells well (which I hope it does), then maybe there'll be a second "special" edition with the new cover.

Do you notice the (subtle) differencesbetween the two covers? The new one has a filled-in background of course, but the guy has been photshopped to appear slimmer. Notice the chin, lips, forehead and cheeks? Then, of course, author blurbs have been added.
I think it's more visually pleasing, but the photoshopping irks me somewhat. It's just less natural, you know? When did the lines between the publishing and beauty industry begin to blur?'s not always about looks.

Anyway, look what YouTube just told me about? (I subscribe to Penguin Aus on Youtube)

It's the new trailer for Across the Universe by Beth Revis:

There's no acting involved, which is a shame, but hey, the graphics are very pretty. And the voiceover (done by Lauren Ambrose from Six Feet Under), is great! She sounds too serious and a little old for Amy though, less personal.

What do you think?