03 August 2011

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 life outside the ship's cold metal walls?  All Amy knows is that she and Elder must race to unlock Godspeed's hidden secrets before whoever woke her tries to kill again.

I have pretty mixed feelings for this book.  I loved most of it, was completely creeped out by some of it, and didn't like bits of it.

I liked the alternating points of view between Amy and Elder.  As for the characters themselves, I liked Amy because she was fierce and normal and sometimes funny.  I felt like Elder's character could have been expanded though.  Both Amy and Elder, really.  I like when I can carry characters around with me after I'm done reading, but I couldn't get a sense of their characters after I'd put down the book.
While some of the plot was inevitable and expected, I LOVED how the mystery played out towards the end. It had taken me a while to get into it—I loved the beginning, then got in a lull for a day or two—but then I raced through it.  By the time I got to the end I knew the identity of the killer, but I enjoyed the twist involving the ship, Eldest/Elder, and the drug.

The one thing I really loved about this was how it wasn't some kiddy space travel book.  It was intense!  (I was completely crept out by the Season, especially.  I share Amy's disgust for that.) 

I liked the writing, even though I couldn't get a full sense of the characters, because the writing really brought out the emotion.  Some of it was written too hastily when I expected a lot of care, but I had a real taste of the setting and atmosphere.
The ending though…gah.  I just didn't like it.  The quick recovery, the lack of crew response, easy acceptance…It just didn't work for me.  But I am looking forward to the next book.  (The second cover is GORGEOUS!)

Book Info:
  • pages – hardcover, 398
  • published – January 2011
  • publisher – Razorbill
  • genre – dystopian/sci-fi
  • received via – library :)
  • rating – 4/5
  • series – Across the Universe
    • Across the Universe
    • A Million Suns