Sunday, 4 December 2011

Across the Universe

Across the Universe by Beth Revis
Published in 2010
398 pages
Genre: Young Adult Dystopia
Stars: 5/5

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.

My thoughts:

I absolutely adored this book from start to finish. Amy is frozen as a teenager, and boarded on a spaceship destined for a planet 300 years away. She's marked as non-essential cargo, only there because her parents requested it. Fifty years before the ship is planned to land, someone pulls the plug on Amy and she unfreezes. 

She awakens to a world very different to the one she left- everything is controlled, including emotions and reproduction. She becomes friendly with Elder (the future leader of Godspeed) and Harley, as they struggle to make sense of the ship's secrets. I don't want to say much about the story, because part of the fun of reading it was finding out all the little bits of information along the way. The perspective alternates between Amy and Elder, and it's handled very well. 

My only regret is reading it so soon, because now I have to wait until next year to find out what happens next.

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