Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Across the Universe (Across the Universe, #1) by Beth Revis

Across the Universe (Across the Universe, #1) by Beth Revis
Hardcover, 398 pages
Published January 11th 2011 by Razorbill
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.  – Goodreads
My opinion: This was definitely something that was different, although it sort of reminded me of Inside Out by Maria V. Snyder and those of you who have read it, can see the similarities that I won’t mention. The book has two narrators, Amy and Elder. They are both teenagers, only difference is that one is from space (a spaceship) while the other was cryogenicaly  frozen on Earth. Elder is trying to figure out how to be a better future leader than Eldest, while Amy is trying to figure out who wants the other “frozens” dead and who is trying to murder them.

The plot of this book was pretty interesting, we are out in space in a ship that is about the size of a Japanese island (I believe it was said in the book), lets just say that the ship is HUGE. The mystery back-up to the story makes the whole experience of Amy being a place/location that is so completely different from what she is used to. I really liked that Beth Revis made it so that in the beginning when Amy was still frozen, we know what she is feeling and thinking. I thought that was a great point to make in the novel. I also really liked that Elder admits to his mistakes and that he regrets it and feels sorry for it. I also really liked how the characters change as the story continues. Elder learns what a real leader is supposed to be like and Amy learns the truth and she wants to improve the condition of the ship and its people. I also really liked that Amy was an individual on the ship, because she was so completely different from the people on it (from the inside to outside looks). It makes the whole experience that she goes through more real for us, the readers.

And the cover… can you say gorgeous?

Overall: 4.5 out of 5

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