Type: YA/Sci Fi
My Copy: Library
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 was a book that I simply did not want to put down once I started it. Which is a feat, let me tell you, because it’s YA and I don’t usually play nicely with YA. It takes a special kind of YA to hold my attention, and Ms Revis has definitely done that.
The book starts out in a basically modern-day setting with 17 yr old Amy and her parents about to be cryogenicly frozen and placed upon a spaceship for 300 years in route to a new planet. Amy is unimportant but her parents both have special skills that would be put into use once they are on this new planet. Something happens when Amy is frozen however and like some coma or surgery patients, she is semi awake and aware of her surroundings.
16 yr old Elder is the spaceships next leader. Taking over soon for Eldest who has had to lead for twice as long as normal because of a death in the ranks. Elder has blindly followed his leader until he stumbles upon an original blueprint from when the ship first started its voyage some 250 years ago. These blueprints show levels of the ship he never knew existed and so off he goes to investigate. He never expected to find people frozen on the secret level.
When Amy accidentally gets unthawed the pieces of the ships mystery start dropping into place. Lies are all that hold it together and with Amy and Elder uncovering the truth, everything is suddenly at stake.
I truly loved this book. From its dystopian nature to its romance flavor it hooked me from page one. The book had a creepy feel to it that made you think of mind control from the get-go. The way the people acted completely indifferent to anything other than their jobs. The really weird mating habits. The Hitler-esque feel of their leader, Eldest and his hatred for anything even remotely different then their monoethnic looks. Eldest was a character that I hated from his first appearance.
There is also the mystery of why Elder has never been told the truth about the ships origins, what happened to the leader that was supposed to take over before him, who has been unthawing the cryogenicly frozen people and what exactly happens on the fourth floor of the hospital where all the elderly residents disappear.
Of course the budding romance between Elder and his sunset-haired beauty Amy. A girl who is unlike any female he has ever known and one he has only seen in his dreams. She is everything that is right with her old world and he is everything that is right with his. He is strong-willed and willing to stand up to the only man he has ever had around for a father figure. Stand up for the rights of the people that he will one day serve. Amy is intelligent, gentle and her loyalty to her family is genuine.
It’s a world in a spaceship. A world with only a few thousand people who have never felt a breeze, never hiked through a forest, never been given the opportunity to be whatever they wanted to be. The sun isn’t what warms their day, but only a large light bulb in the ceiling. They are prisoners, trapped within metal walls. They turn blind eyes to what their hearts know to be the truth. Blindly following a leader that has no intention of ever telling them the truth.
The only thing I didn’t like was that after Amy get’s attacked during the ships “mating season” that Elder didn’t get more upset about the whole thing. Being that he wasn’t in his “season” and so he was thinking clearly. He got slightly ticked off that there was bruising on Amy but seriously? I wanted him to be PISSED…go kick the guys ass for trying to hurt her. But he seemed kind of indifferent about it. Which could go back to the nature of the ship…but still…
This is the first book from Ms Revis and I am very impressed! I can’t wait for the next book in this trilogy to come out..though I don’t think there is a release date set. Probably sometime next year. I will be eagerly awaiting it’s release that’s for sure!
Across The Universe is truly a unique take on the popular dystopian genre and is thought provoking as well. I would highly recommend this book!
I give Across the Universe by Beth Revis 4 stars!