Sunday, February 20, 2011
Across the Universe by Beth Revis
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 not at all what I was expecting. I was expecting an epic sci-fi romance with a little bit of adventure thrown in. What I got was a ton of action and mystery with a little bit of romance.
I found the lack of romance a bit disappointing. I feel like the description of this novel made it seem like Amy and Elder we're a sci-fi Bella and Edward however I felt that they were more friends than anything. Yes, Revis made Elders interest in Amy very clear but I don't think it really went beyond that. I'm hoping that a romance will develop in the next book in the trilogy.
I did however love the action of this novel. I thought that the plot was amazing, and the mystery very intriguing. It's definitely got a Dystopian quality to it. I also liked how we had a knowledgable view of the ship from Elders perspective and a newer possilby more realistic view from Amys. How much do I love dual-perspectives?
Great action packed book if not lacking a bit in romance. Awesome characters you can get lost in and a beautiful cover. A 2011 debut worth picking up.