Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Book Review: Across the Universe

Across the Universe by Beth Revis
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.

Review: Told in alternating points of view; Across the Universe follows Elder, the future leader of Godspeed, and Amy, a frozen passenger classified as "non-essential", through a series of chilling events that will challenge both of their world views and change each of their lives forever. Amy is thrust into the strange world of Godspeed when her cryogenic chamber is purposely turned off and she is woken up 50 years ahead of schedule. She finds herself in a strange world, where "normal" human behavior is labeled as crazy and what the ship's leader deems as normal, is totally bizarre to her.

In a stunning debut, author Beth Revis creates an intense and unique world where it's easy to sympathize with both the oppressed and the oppressor. Amy's race to save her parents, solving the mystery of who is turning off the cyrogenic chambers, overlaps brilliantly with her struggle to fit into her new world and come to terms with the end of the life she left behind and the undelivered promise of a future on a new planet with her parents.

The result is an intense dystopian thriller (that just happens to be set in space). It's science fiction for people who don't really like science fiction. Both a deeply personal story and a fun, faced paced murder mystery, Across the Universe is sure to please any reader.

Review by: Megan
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