Across The Universe by Beth Revis
Author: Beth Revis
Publication Date: January 11, 2011
ARC paperback, 398 pages
Summary: 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 have to tell you that I'm a sucker for a pretty cover and I absolutely adore this one. I wanted to read this book because the concept sounded really good to me. A mystery in space with a splash of romance. I had no idea how much I was going to like this book. The first chapter immediately grabbed my attention. The further I read in the story the more compelling it became. The story focuses around two people, Amy and Elder. Amy is a seventeen year old girl who is frozen on board a ship headed to a new planet they call Centauri Earth. She is woken from her Popsicle-like state under mysterious circumstances and ahead of schedule. Amy is a great character. She is strong but also fragile. Amy is basically on her own aboard a ship full of people who consider her a freak. She misses the warmth and protection of her parents, who are so close but also far away. This is the first time she's been on her own and I could sympathize with her character. Elder is the future leader of Godspeed, the ship that is carrying the future residents of Centauri Earth to their destination. Elder is young but eager to learn his role. His path in life was predetermined before he even knew how to walk. Elder was a very interesting character. Elder feels boxed in by Godspeed and so did I. I liked seeing the evolution of his character as he decides what kind of leader he wants to become. He finds himself torn between his duty as Elder and his own conscience. The story line in this book is "wow". Beth Revis weaves many interesting themes throughout this book. I was totally blown away by it and I want more! This is a frexing good book and I highly recommend it.
Beth Revis is a debut author and what a debut it is! Want to find out more about Beth Revis? Visit her blog by clicking here.
*I received an ARC of Across The Universe for review. This in no way influenced my opinion.
*Summary and picture taken from GoodReads