Monday, February 7, 2011

Across The Universe

Book:  Across The Universe
Author:  Beth Revis
Publisher:  Razorbill
Rating:  4 Stars
Summary from Goodreads:  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.

My Review:
I don't normally like sci-fi but after reading reviews and seeing how much people loved this one I thought I would give it a chance.  I bought it and went to open it and discovered that the dust jacket is reversible with a blueprint of the ship Godspeed.  I thought that was a pretty cool touch.  The entire book is told from two different view points, Amy's and Elder's which works out nicely.

It starts off with Amy and her parents getting frozen in the cyro tanks.  Amy's parents are chosen to be part of a group of people from earth to be frozen for 300 years and then land on a new planet and help set it up.  Amy is nonessential and gets to go because of a special request from her parents.  She leaves behind her boyfriend and friends in hopes of being part of the new planet.

Amy is unfrozen early though and is on the Godspeed ship in space heading to the new planet.  She meets Edler who is the future leader of the ship and his best friend Harley.  Having to adjust to life here is hard for Amy who does not fit in at all. Everyone on the ship basically looks the same and the way of life is so different.  The leader Eldest is manipulating and puts stuff in the water to make the people perform the way he wants.  He controls how the people act and what they believe.  He also controls when the women get pregnant with The Season.  Wow that was something I have never seen in a book before.  Then some of the frozens start becoming unfrozen and killed.  You then realize that it is becoming a murder mystery.

There are bits of romance that I think and hope will come to be more between Amy and Elder in the next book.  The whole concept and the words that the author used were brilliant.  I loved how she described the ship so it was better understood what it was really like to live on a space ship that was made to look like a city.  I really enjoyed reading this and recommend it even if you don't like sci-fi or dystopian books.  You will like this, I can't wait for the second one to come out to see what happens next.

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