Tuesday, January 11, 2011

It's 11:11, Make a Wish! I Wish for ATU.



Across the Universe is Beth Revis' debut novel. I'm sure most of you are already aware of it, but if you're not, you should definitely look into it. I managed to my curious little fingers on the first chapter a few months ago, and I have to say that it is one of the most powerful opening scenes that I have ever read. As writers we all know how difficult it can be to get that first chapter just right, and Beth has perfected hers like none other.

Needless to say I have been anticipating this novel ever since. Today is the official release date, and although the winter storm here in Atlanta has prevented me from picking up my copy just yet, I intend to get a hold of it very soon.

If you're interested, I would highly recommend reading the first chapter, here, but if you're here at the right time (that being 1/11/2011, after 11:11 AM) then io9 is offering up an amazing 111 page excerpt of the novel. You can find that here if you're on time.

When it comes to books, and blogging, and friendships, Beth and I are not as close as some of the other friends I've made, but we are buds, and she is super nice, very friendly, and incredibly helpful. Probably my favorite thing about Beth is that even though she is an ultra-famous novelist, every time I email her to ask her to lend a hand in one of my query critique workshops, she always makes the time. So I just want to say to Beth, if you find time to make it by: you rule!

Here is she is with an exclusive launch video, talking about how she came to write Across the Universe:



Now, I know this post may look like pandering to some, but I'm not getting anything out of it, I just want to promote this amazing story, which just so happens to be told by someone I think is pretty awesome (yes I'm talking about Beth here, but really this could apply to the narrator, Amy, as well). Besides, you should know me well enough to know that I do not bow to the establishment, no matter how often they threaten to have me placed into cryo-stasis.

In order to share all of this exclusive content with you, I did have to agree to share a few other pieces of information. You're not obligated in any way to visit all of these, but most of them are certainly worth a look, and if you don't know Beth or follow her blog, I would suggest you remedy that, STAT.

Beth's blog: Writing it Out.
Beth's official website: bethrevis.com.
Follow Beth on twitter: @bethrevis.

There is supposed to be an amazing feature coming soon on the ATU website, in which you can explore the ship that is featured heavily in the novel, the Godspeed. I badly wanted to look into this and write about it for you guys, but my Elder/Eldest access does not appear to be granted yet. When it does go up, you can find in on the Across the Universe website.

www.acrosstheuniversebook.com

EDIT:

As I wrote this post this morning this feature was not available. But it is now! This is freaking amazing so it needs another exclamation point or two!! Seriously though, this is just about the dopest thing I have seen related to a book, in, like EVER. The interactive graphical interface on the website lets you navigate practically the entire ship, saving only a few secrets to be revealed within the book.

I have to say that the Greenhouse and the Farms sound like the coolest areas to me. I mean of course it's pretty obvious that food production of some kind would be necessary on a trip of this length, but the way Beth has set it all up is pretty sick (that means awesome if you're too old to know).

The amount of work that went into setting this thing up must have been incredible. It's mind blowing. I pray that some day a publishing professional thinks a book I've written is cool enough to do something like this with. If you do nothing else about this post go take a look at that. The link above will get you there.

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Become a fan of Across the Universe on Facebook:

Like Across the Universe.

I know a publishing house can seem like nothing more than big business, and we're all just lowly writers, but I do think we owe it to Penguin Teen to take a look at what else they have coming up.

Penguin Teen website: Penguin.com/teen.
On Twitter: @PenguinTeen.
Facebook Fan page: Like Penguin Teen.

If you decide you must have ATU, which really, trust me, you MUST; you can find it at your local brick and mortar bookstore. I really think we should all try to support our local independent bookstores. Mine is Humpus Bumpus Books. But if you live in eastern Montana, or on an interstellar space ship, and you just can't make it to the Barnes and Noble you can find Across the Universe online.

At the Barnes&Noble website.

This is an exciting launch for an incredible story, and Beth really deserves our support. Otherwise have a great day, and thanks for stopping by!

Graphic credit Jeremy at novelthoughtsblog.com

27 comments:

Lisa_Gibson said...

I can't wait to go pick-up my copy. Yay!
Lisa ~ YA Literature Lover

Kelly said...

Go, Beth!
And she has a very cool release date to go with her awesome book! I'm looking forward to reading it.

Bryan Russell (Ink) said...

I keep hearing internet whispers about how good this book is...

LTM said...

added it to my wish list on Amazon. And oddly the HB version is cheaper than the Kindle. (?)

Anyway, I hope you continue managing to avoid that whole cryo-stasis thing... :D

Steve said...

Never heard of this person, but I wish her good luck on her book.

Jeffrey Beesler said...

Thanks for pointing me in the direction of this author, Matthew. You've woven another piece of tapestry to the blanket of support you throw out there for the authoring community.

K. M. Walton said...

Preordered it on my NOOKcolor and I'm on pg 48 already!!!!! Very good so far...

Vicki Rocho said...

Why Beth is everywhere today...I'm waiting for the mailman to bring me my copy.

Elana Johnson said...

I've read AtU, and it is fantastic! Great blog post today--I'm at work and can't see the videos! I'm super-ticked about that, but I'll come back later tonight. I <3 Beth!

Hannah Kincade said...

Now I won't be doing anymore blogging on my lunch today, I'm going to read right now!!

Christina Lee said...

It downloaded to my Kindle at Midnight--huzahhhh!!!!!

Sarah Ahiers (Falen) said...

oh man, I just read the first 4 pages of it and i am hooked! I so hope i get it for my birthday

Katrina L. Lantz said...

This is absolutely awesome! I just got my copy last night in the mail and was prevented from getting started on it by dumb family. Just kidding, I love my family, but tonight, ATU! You and me.

Thanks, Matt! That interview was truly something special. I have an award for you on my blog today, too.

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

It's all over the web right now!

Melissa Gill said...

I can't wait to get home and look at all of this great stuff. Thanks Matt.

DEZMOND said...

she has a very lovely book cover!

Old Kitty said...

I saw the trailer over at Shannon O Donnel's blog and really enjoyed it!! All the best to lovely Beth Revis with this sumptuous book!! Take care
x

Natalie Aguirre said...

I can't wait to read this. That's so cool that you are helping promote her debut day. It's a great post.

And I hope you got home tonight. Sounds like no one is going to be able to drive for the rest of the week in Atlanta from the news. I thought of you.

storyqueen said...

Matthew, mine just came in the mail!! I am opening it now.....so cool!!

Beth Revis is the bomb!

Shelley

Holly Ruggiero said...

It sounds great. I played with the ship graphic. It is awesome.

Becca Puglisi said...

VERY excited to read this book. I hope you're weathering that storm, Matthew. We lived in Fayetteville for 7 years. I miss Georgia, but not on days like today...

Becca @ The Bookshelf Muse

Abby Minard said...

Reading it right now and LOVING It!

Joanna St. James said...

you've got the ATU fever too? I cant wait to get my hands on a copy sounds really good.
I feel you on that whole "what do you get out of promoting other people's books", cant we just do something nice for being nice?

Laura Pauling said...

Go Beth! I've never seen a book get so much support from a publisher. It truly is amazing. But I think her book would've done just as good over time. I'm pretty sure we'll see it on the bestseller list.

Matthew Rush said...

I wouldn't be the least but surprised if that happens. I haven't read the whole thing, but I've read enough to know that this book is GOOD.

aspiring_x said...

the cover is gorgeous! i'll have to add it to the tbr list! :)

Eric said...

Awesome post, Matthew. You did this launch more justice than my pitiful entry LOL.