Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Across the Universe by Beth Revis

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 awake 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 a 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.

I have to admit that the first thing that I noticed about this book was the cover. It is mesmerizing. What is even more amazing is opening it up to see the blueprint schematics of the ship, Godspeed. On the actual hardcover, you can see the name of the ship and its emblem. The premise is another thing that really caught my eye. I have been dipping more into science fiction books, and this one had to zip to the top of my list.

The synopsis features Amy as the main character, but it is also told from the point of view of Elder. It gives the story a much more fleshed out appearance. Amy gives us a sense of the old Earth on the ship and how it could haunt someone that they might never see land again. From Elder, he sees the ship as someone who has known nothing different and the challenges of someone that will become the future leader.

The story is a mystery. There is the mystery of the inter-workings of the ships, of who is trying to kill the cryogenically frozen people (which is how Amy is woken up early), and what will happen to the future of the people living on the ship. The intrigue of these developments keep the plot moving forward from the different perspectives of Elder and Amy.

One of the bright shining lights of the story is one of the secondary characters, Harley. His paintings of koi, fascination with the stars, and the charming nickname he gives Amy lighten up the mood of the story. Amy has a lot to deal with, including her past life on Earth, the worry of her still frozen parents while Elder shoulders the responsibility that will eventually be his.

The one thing that I found odd about the story was the ending. It was written in a different way than I expected and seemed to have a different flow than the rest of the story. Still, I did enjoy it and am really looking forward to the next installment in the series that the author says will include the Amy and Elder.

Rating: 4 1/2 stars


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