"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."- Goodreads.
Hardcover, 400 pages
Expected publication: January 11th 2011 by Razorbill
This book has been an awesome surprise since day one when it showed up at my door unexpectedly (thank you Penguin/Razorbill). And as much as I wanted to stop reading whatever I was reading at the time I could not, because I really wanted to use this towards my DAC 2011 list. So I waited a month and a half, and finally January 1st at 12:01 I started reading it.
Wow. Such an awesome book and such a beautiful cover! Not only are Beth Revis' characters great, but they are believable. They have been on this ship for a really long time so it was interesting to read about the things that developed and changed from how we are used to them.
And I think that was my favorite part of reading this. There were many times when Amy said certain things that were going on on the ship were not normal, but it's an entirely new society hundreds of years in the future. What is normal to her, is not normal to them. So what exactly is normal anymore for her?
Elder is in training to lead the ship when Amy wakes up, and Eldest, the current leader, is not happy about how much time Elder is spending with her. But Eldest is kind of tyrannical, so I was wanting to just throw him off the ship. I would have not listened to him either.
The world that Revis has built for these people on this ship is incredible. When I was first reading the descriptions I kept thinking "Wow, that's all soo cool. I would like to go on spaceship like that," but then through her mad writing skills Revis makes you feel just as trapped as Amy does. Amy was born and grew up on Earth, with open skies, mountains, oceans, etc. So for her it's like being trapped in a pretty big metal cage. And you will start to feel trapped with her. Seriously, there should be a warning on this book that you will end up having feelings of claustrophobia during reading.
The romance also does not get in the way of the mystery Amy, Elder, and Harley are trying to figure out. There is attraction there, but not to where you want to yell at Amy and Elder to stop making out because they have a killer to catch. It's subtle and sweet. Elder wants to protect Amy but he understands she needs to adjust to life on this ship.
Ah, I could go on and on. Basically just get the book and set aside some time to read it, and then set aside a little bit more time to just stare at the cover.
Strong 5/5 for Across the Universe!