Across the Universe by Beth Revis (Across the Universe #1)
Published Razorbill 2011
Genre: Young Adult Science Fiction
Format: Kindle ebook
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.
This book was so much fun. First of all, it totally wins for the best opening scene ever. It was so scary and intense with the freezing process. It really kicked the book off for a lot of fun from the first page and this theme continued throughout the entire book. I was really impressed with the dual point of views, between Amy and Elder, especially when one of them would be passed out. It kept the balance moving throughout and it was actually very nice to have them both narrating the story.
Amy and Elder were both such fun characters. They were total opposites, which really added to the story. Both characters are lovable but also a little frustrating at parts. Their decisions are sometimes ridiculous and don’t make any sense. I really liked the way they thought about the ship though because they go through so many revelations in such a short amount of time. I also liked the minor characters and I thought they really added to the story, but I’m interested to see where the second book takes their story lines.
This book wasn’t necessarily action packed but it kept being exciting with this web of secrets and lies. The ship is filled with a lot of scandal and coverups, so as they unravel, it keeps pushing everything along. Just as something seems okay, it flips around to something else. Looking back on the book, there were some things that are obvious earlier in the book but just didn’t seem to fit into the puzzle until later. Maybe really active readers will figure it out, but small details will throw the plot in an entirely new direction. I also really liked the description of the ship and everything that went on in space.
Overall, I really enjoyed this book! It was a fun, entertaining read. I hope in the next one we get more character building after this book of constant world building to make the series better.