Thursday, December 9, 2010

Oh that swag

Ring those holiday bells! Contest alert! Beth Revis has a sack full of goodies to give to 100, yes, that's one hundred winners. That's a lot of envelope stuffing and stamps, people.

There's still a month until the release of her debut YA dystopian, ACROSS THE UNIVERSE, which has one of the most riveting opening chapters ever. I don't want to give it away if you didn't sneak a peak of it online, but one of the dual protagonists gets put in a position that would scare the bejeebers out of anybody. Made my heart race, for sure.

I was one of the lucky people who won an early ARC. All I'll say (so as not to give spoilers) is Beth continues to weave suspense and intrigue throughout the story in which generations of people aboard a spaceship develop an insular culture and a distorted history of the past. It's both fascinating and chilling as the two protagonists, Amy and Elder, begin to unravel the dangerous secrets of the ship.

Kirkus gave a starred review, and high praises came from YA authors Carrie Ryan, Melissa Marr and Kiersten White. To read the reviews or the first chapter go here.

And now we're all invited to enter to win bookmarks, bookplates, buttons, signed ARCs and, for the grand prize winner, a signed hardback with the amazing reversible cover. That's the reverse cover with the blueprint of the spaceship, Godspeed.

So, what are you waiting for? Speed through cyberspace and enter.
Here, I'll nudge you with a couple of teaser lines from the book:
Sometimes it feels like a thousand years have passed; sometimes it feels as if I've only been sleeping a few moments. I feel most like I'm in that weird state of half-asleep, half-awake I get when I've tried to sleep past noon, when I know I should get up, but my mind starts wandering and I'm sure I can never get back to sleep. Even if I do slip back into a dream for a few moments, I'm mostly just awake with my eyes shut.
Yeah. Cryo sleep is like that.
Another suggestion: preorder a copy to gift someone. They'll be over the moon.


storyqueen said...

You are so lucky you already got to read it! It is on my list of books I am most excited about. I read her first chapter and was so bummed I couldn't read more!


Sherrie Petersen said...

I give that book high marks too. I'm blown away by the world she created. Awesome story!

MG Higgins said...

Really looking forward to reading this. Love the dual cover!

Tere Kirkland said...

Posted about this sweet contest today, too! Beth's first chapter was amazing. Totally jealous that you got to read the rest! ;)

I can't believe what a huge giveaway she's got going on. It's awesome.

Donna said...

Eeeee. Even the teaser is eerie.

Shannon O'Donnell said...

Can you believe this contest? It's just amazing!! :-)

Paul Greci said...

I already entered the contest. And, I read the first chapter a while back and totally loved it.

Can't wait until the book comes out.

Jemi Fraser said...

I'm really looking forward to this book!

The Words Crafter said...

It is an amazing opportunity!!!

Unknown said...

I've been so outta the loop. Thanks for telling me about the contest. Looking forward to reading this one. :)