Pub. Date: January 11th 2011
Pages: 400 pages
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.
Why did I want to read this book? Well look at that cover! It's so beautiful and even more so in person! The summary just adds to the interest.
First, I didn't like that on the back of the ARC it compared this book to Titanic. I think that comparing something to something that was really amazing is very risky, mainly because someone will expect a lot from it. That's how I felt with this. I saw that and my expectations went waaay up. It's such a small thing, but for me it definitely changed how I felt about the book.
Next, I thought the plot idea was very unique. I have never read a book about being in space. The whole idea of it was extremely interesting. Not only did it entertain me, but it made me think too. One of the major things that I wondered while reading this was this: Would I go crazy being locked in a spaceship for my whole life? I definitely think that Across the Universe had an amazing plot and it really left the reader with some things to think about and learn.
The characters in this book were really great. I felt like Elder was characterized so wonderfully and he kept me guessing. Even when I thought I knew him, he surprised me. His whole history and the way he was raised made it fascinating to see what decisions he would make next. Amy wasn't as great as Elder, but I liked to read about her too. She showed the reader what it would be like to be uprooted and put into a place she didn't want to be or know much about. Amy was so incredibly relate able because she truly represented me in that situation.
Overall this was a breathtaking debut novel for Beth Revis and I am excited to see what she has in store for the sequel.
Rating: 4 stars / 5 stars