Across the Universe by Beth Revis
Released: January 11, 2011
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.
All I can say is wow. I couldn’t put this book down. Except for Orson Scott Card’s Ender series, and one or two other books, I tend to stay away from Science Fiction. I heard somewhere though that this is a science fiction for people who don’t like science fiction, and that is completely true, in my opinion.
I loved Amy. The idea of being frozen but still concious in some way, dreaming for seemingly an eternity, only to be woken up early really hit me. I felt for her, felt her pain at her loss. For her age she handled it extremely well. Seventeen years old and dealing with leaving your life behind for the unknown, and then having that taken from you.
While I did have a nagging feeling about who was committing the murders of the frozens, and the attempted murder of Amy, there were plenty other mysteries and secrets revealed to keep me shocked and entertained, and somewhat disturbed. And the ending shocker. Boy was I not expecting that, but after thinking about it, it made sense.
About the romance aspect of the book, between Elder and Amy, it didn’t really develop how I thought it would. I can’t quite accept how this aspect of the book ends up, but I can understand why it came about the way it did.
Overall, awesome book. A must read for anyone who loves young adult books.