Across the Universe by Beth Revis
Amy is a cryogenically frozen passenger aboard the spaceship Godspeed. She has left her boyfriend, friends - and planet - behind to join her parents as a member of Project Ark Ship. Amy and her parents believe they will wake on a new planet, Centauri-Earth, three hundred years in the future. But fifty years before Godspeed’s scheduled landing, cryo chamber 42 is mysteriously unplugged, and Amy is violently woken from her frozen slumber.
Someone tried to murder her.
Now, Amy is caught inside a tiny world where nothing makes sense. Godspeed’s 2,312 passengers have forfeited all control to Eldest, a tyrannical and frightening leader. And Elder, Eldest’s rebellious teenage heir, is both fascinated with Amy and eager to discover whether he has what it takes to lead.
Amy desperately wants to trust Elder. But should she put her faith in a boy who has never seen a life outside the ship’s cold metal walls? All Amy knows is that she and Elder must race to unlockGodspeed’s hidden secrets before whoever woke her tries to kill again.
This book fascinates me. Beth Revis has managed to create an entire new world, complex and tangible. She’s done an amazing job.
One of the best things about this book is the pacing; nothing is revealed too quickly. Revis kept me in suspense, wondering what would happen, but she also didn’t take so long to reveal Godspeed’s secrets that it was frustrating. Plus there were some major plot twists I wasn’t expecting that kept things interesting.
The other great thing about this book is the love story between Elder and Amy. Which is to say, it’s not the main part of the book. Across the Universe is a science fiction book that actually has to do with science, thank god. The love story is like a little bonus, not overdone and developing realistically. The main focus of the book is the secretive, tyrannical nature of the ship and the mystery of the dead frozens.
Revis kept me captivated throughout the entire book. Every chapter either uncovered a secret or revealed something about a character, or, in a more uneventful chapter, just made me think about the raw emotion in the book. Amy is trapped on the spaceship, fifty years from planet-landing and seeing her parents again.
SPOILERS: There's one thing I should caution you about. A good chunk of the middle of the book is taken up with the “Season” - the ship’s passengers’ mating season. This includes a rape scene, and even though Amy escapes, it could be potentially triggering.
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