Across the Universe by Beth Revis

Across the Universe (Across the Universe, #1)

398 pages
January 11th 2011
by Razorbill
primary language

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.

I am a huge fan of  sci-fi shows and books.  This book definitely makes the ranks within my top ten.  The book is told in dual narrative which I find that sometimes can be a little bit tiresome, because you may not like one character as  much as another and you could really careless about what that character has to say.  This is not the case in this book!  I found myself totally engrossed in both characters and their different points of view. 

 Elder has been raised on the ship and has no  concept of anything different and then Amy is awaken early from her frozen state with all these different values and ideas of how a society should be.  Elder is very intrigued by this new girl she is so different from anyone on the ship even her hair color and skin is different and he finds himself drawn to her like no other person ever.   This gets Elder asking questions that could palace Amy and him in great danger.  There are those on the ship that don’t like Elder asking question and think that Amy is a distraction that should be taken care of.   To top it off there is a murderer on the ship trying to kill the frozen and they have to figure it out before someone else get killed again.

There are so many mysteries, secrets and lies on the ship that you are never quite sure if you are getting to the truth of the matter or are you just getting the sugar-coated version.  Questions like why are the people acting like animals, whats happens on the fourth floor and who is trying to kill the frozen.  This book keeps you wondering what could possible happen next!

I found the secondary characters to be very well written and complex.  For instants you have Doc who seems to ware many different hats and has a lot more access to the goings on of the ship then he lets on.  Then there is  Eldest, who to me has to be the most complex character of them all.  He has been given the seat of power and has tried to do what he feels is best for the ship.  Although, I think he has become set in his ways and can not see any other way for things to work. 

This author has done such a good job with her descriptions of the ship so much so, that while your reading  you almost feel as if you are really there.  This is a book that I will reread again and again.  I can’t wait to read more of Elder , Amy and the different people a board Godspeed.  I can’t wait to find out if they will ever  make it to their destination.


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