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June 4, 2014 • Cee • Reviews

As They Slip Away (Across the Universe #0.5) by Beth Revis
January 11, 2013
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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.


First sentence: “I stare at the basket of hypodermic needles.”

I’ve never read the Across the Universe series, but have always wanted to just because of ~space. I have to say, I was definitely weirded out reading this novella. My face got perpetually turtle face-esque like so:

Is that a good thing? I don’t know. I haven’t decided.

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