Author: Beth Revis
Series: Across the Universe #1
Date: September 2010
Genres: Science Fiction
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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 was so excited to start this book. I’d had it for a while and just knew that it would be something that I would really enjoy.
The concept of the story and the setting was so different and so interesting to read about. I loved it. The idea of one day being able to send a spaceship full of frozen people to travel across the universe to a distant planet to start a new world is so different and unique and so the story possibilities for this were endless.
It was also really interesting to read about how the ship and the lives of the people on it had changed over the hundreds of years that it had been travelling to its destination, almost as though the people on it had evolved into something different and a different way of living. They were so different that when Amy (who was one of the original frozen occupants) was woken up, the people who lived and maintained the ship didn’t understand what was wrong with her, why she looked and spoke different to them. I found it fascinating.
Amy’s character was interesting to follow. Frozen on Earth and told she would wake up on the new planet, she had to endure hundreds of years of dreams not knowing how much time had actually passed until one day she is woken up early and not able to be put back to sleep again so as to wake up with her parents on the new planet in 50 years. Elder, who is training to become the new Eldest and leader of the ship is fascinated by Amy with her white skin and red hair but is warned to keep away from her by the controlling Eldest who doesn’t approve of differences.
However, when someone starts unplugging the other frozens to try to kill them Elder finds himself teaming up with Amy to protect her parents and the remaining frozens and tries to discover who the culprit is. Along the way he also comes to realise that Eldest has been keeping secrets (BIG secrets) from him all his life and he starts to discover the reality of what has really been happening to the ship and the people maintaining it over the centuries, the truth of which is devastating.
Much of this book felt kind of like a murder mystery set in space. I was kept guessing all the way through. The only complaint I have is that I would have liked a little bit more romance. There was a small amount between Elder and Amy but not a lot although I think maybe there will be more in the next one.
Overall though I thoroughly enjoyed Across the Universe and would recommend to all dystopian lovers. This is definitely not one to miss!