Across the Universe by Beth Revis
Published January 11, 2011 by Razorbill
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A love out of time. A spaceship built of secrets and murder.
Seventeen-year-old Amy joins her parents as frozen cargo aboard the vast spaceship Godspeed and expects to awaken on a new planet, three hundred years in the future. Never could she have known that her frozen slumber would come to an end fifty years too soon and that she would be thrust into the brave new world of a spaceship that lives by its own rules.
Amy quickly realizes that her awakening was no mere computer malfunction. Someone-one of the few thousand inhabitants of the spaceship-tried to kill her. And if Amy doesn’t do something soon, her parents will be next.
Now Amy must race to unlock Godspeed’s hidden secrets. But out of her list of murder suspects, there’s only one who matters: Elder, the future leader of the ship and the love she could never have seen coming.
This story took me some time to get into. The first 100 pages or so are a little slow. But once the action picked up, it really hooked me. The story in general was very original and the “world”, in this case the inside of a ginormous spaceship, was beautifully described. It was rich in detail, such as the stale air or the genetically engineered cow-pig, without being overwhelming. I have to state, though, that while this book is YA, it deals with a lot of very adult themes, and is probably not suitable for all readers.
The story was told from the point of view of the two main characters, Amy and Elder. I didn’t really connect with Amy, but I really loved Elder. Not in a romantic lead kind of way, but as a main character. The whole story could have been told just from his point of view, though adding the Amy pieces did help move the story along. Although at the beginning, when Amy was frozen, I didn’t understand the point of chapter upon chapter from her point of view. What can she say? She’s frozen. It was just her telling us about her frozen dreams. Like I said, the book started a little slow.
My favorite character, though, was a secondary character, Harley. He had so much personality, more so than either Elder or Amy. I think we could have had a whole story from his point of view. In fact, I wouldn’t mind a prequel telling his story before the whole Amy unfreezing.
Overall, I really liked this book. Once it got into a flow it was pretty interesting and kept my attention. My only real gripe was that the ending was a little predictable. Even though there were several “twists”, I could see each of them coming, and their resolutions, well before the end. Either way, it was a great read and I’ll be picking up the next book.
To be published on July 24, 2012 by Random House Children’s Books
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