Saturday, January 7, 2012

Review: Across the Universe

Author: Beth Revis
Publish date: 2011
Source: Library
"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.

I think this is one of the first real science fiction books I've read, honestly. I've watched sci-fi TV shows, but this is probably the first book I've delved into since I normally lean toward fantasy. I really liked it and am glad I decided to give it a shot.

Across the Universe is definitely a page turner. It seemed like each chapter held new information about the ship or its inhabitants, plus it was a dual narrated book, so the reader learns new things from both Amy and Elder. Ms. Revis created a pretty interesting world, especially with how the ship ran itself: the Feeders, scientists, frozen people, etc. You know right from the beginning that there is something crazy going on and it was quite a journey to uncover all the secrets. 

The blurb from Goodreads above and on the back over the cover is a little misleading, however. It appears that they try to sell the book as a science fiction/murder mystery/romance combination, but I was pleasantly surprised with the lack of romance. It did not overshadow the larger story at all, which I was afraid of. I'm sure there will be more romance in the next two books, but I thought Ms. Revis balanced everything really well in this one.

All in all, I thoroughly enjoyed this book (with the exception of Amy referring to her father as "Daddy." Ugh.). I found the world fascinating and character potential intriguing, so I am really looking forward to reading A Million Suns when it comes out next week. I may even buy it for myself instead of waiting for the library, which would be a big step for me since I am usually pretty frugal, but hey, books are pretty necessary, right?

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