Thursday, October 31, 2013

Review: Across the Universe by Beth Revis

Across the Universe (Across the Universe, #1) by Beth Revis
Publisher: Razorbill
Publication date: March 3rd, 2011
Number of pages: 398 pgs
Format: Paperback
Purchase: Amazon | The Book Depository

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.

Across the Universe is one of those unique books that hook you from the beginning. When I first read this book, I had not read any YA sci fi at all, I never figured it was my thing, or at least, it never appealed to me before now.
I found this story compelling, fascinating because it's the sport of thing you'd have as an adult story, to having these characters as teenagers was interesting to me.

This is a dual pov book. On one hand you have our female protagonist, Amy who was frozen alongside her parents heading to a new earth and suddenly wakes up realizing they have not arrived yet and someone has woken her up early -- without her parents.
Then we also our male counterpart, Ender. He is a young leader-in-training who will one day take over leadership of the ship he has been born and raised on. The one place he only knows. Things don't always go according to plan and Elder takes an interest in the new girl, since he has found her interesting to have someone different, his own age to talk to. Someone with different experiences than he does. Someone who lived on another earth.

After being adjusted to her new surroundings, Amy and Elder soon discover the frozens -- the others who were frozen upon arriving on the ship are suddenly being unplugged and thus dying. You would think being unplugged would then wake them up, but no, I guess there is only a proper way of doing it otherwise they die, and this is what has been happening. Someone aboard the ship does not want these people to wake up, ever and is preventing them from doing so, ever again.
Amy and Elder will have to discover the culprit and put a stop to it once and for all before someone she cares about gets hurt.

If you like sci fi with a touch of romance and mystery, then I'd recommend you check this trilogy out. It's not one to be missed.

Rating: 5/5

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