Across the Universe
Author: Beth Revis
Pages [hardcover]: 398
Memorable Quote: I never thought about how important the sky was until I didn’t have one.
Favorite Characters: Elder & Harley
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.
This book surprised me. I though that a novel set on a spaceship, a setting that is utterly unchangeable and can be incredibly monotonous, would bore me. Instead, I ended up falling in love with the plot, characters, and the conspiracy that surrounds Godspeed.
Amy was a great character. She can break down into tears at one moment, and stoically stand up for what she knows is right the next. She’s not perfect, and knows it, but her flaws make her more interesting and realistic. Elder was good, too. He didn’t immediately turn his back on his past, nor did he ignore the new insights Amy brought along. These mixed emotions are fantastically portrayed, making it easy to connect with the confusion and indecision he feels.
The twists to the story were both its shortcomings and saviors. One such revelation I predicted right from the beginning. I’d been hoping I was wrong, but was disappointed that that part of the plot had been so easily solved. Then, a few pages later, another twist popped up that I had not expected at all, immediately making up for the other. In the end, it all balanced out.
This was a surprisingly great read that I think will having me trying out more books like this. I was nearly against the idea, but it quickly won me over. I give Across the Universe 5/5 stars. Definitely recommended!