Title: Across the Universe
Author: Beth Revis (debut author)
Page Count: 398
Series: 1st in trilogy
Release Date: January 11, 2011
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've been a bit of reading slump, so a book has to REALLY captivate me to get me thru to the end these days. I'll also start off by disclaiming that I'm not a huge fan of science fiction/outer space, so I started this book with much trepidation. But from the first few pages, Beth Revis had me squirming and cringing (so frexing awesome!) as Amy and her parents are preparing to be frozen for their 300 year journey across space. Needless to say, she had me hooked.
Across the Universe alternates between Amy's point of view and Elder's, a teenage boy who has been born and raised on the ship--and its future leader. Normally, I am not a huge fan of alternating POVs but Revis made a smart choice. As a reader, you were able to find out more about each character's situation, but she was also able to hide things from Amy & Elder this way. Very important for maintaining mystery and suspense! There is a lot of foreshadowing (perhaps a bit too much?) and subtle hints to help you along. But trust me--you will be SLAMMED at the end with the truth. It's worth it.
Aside from her strong characters, Revis also successfully creates the world within the space ship. At times you forget where and when they are...but Amy's chapters remind you just how small their world really is. Each person's place is carefully defined. I kind of really adored this book, which turned out to be part mystery/part romance/part sci fi--and totally claustrophobic. I felt myself longing for the stars just as much as anyone on Godspeed.
Revis successfully captivated me right until the very end. It feels like a complete story, but it left openings for the next installment. And of course, I want the next book--you know, right this second. Look for book two, A Million Suns, which is due out January 10, 2012.
This was a particularly fast read for me--even with its staggering page count. But don't be intimidated, it is worth the read (or try it on audio). Murder mystery in space--say, yes please! You will find yourself suspecting everyone...
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Reviewed by ch3rrybl0ss0m