Friday, February 24, 2012

Across the Universe by Beth Revis

Across the Universe by Beth Revis
Across the Universe (Across the Universe, #1) 

Pages: 398
Publisher: Razorbill
Release Date: Janurary 11, 2011
Rating: 5/5 stars

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.


So. Frexing. Amazing.

A new Earth has been discovered, and Amy goes along with her parents to be cryogenically frozen until the ship Godspeed lands.

It will take 300 years to get there.

But, Amy is unfrozen fifty years too early. She awakes to a world where everything is run by a tyrant, Eldest, and all the people on the ship are emotionless, except a few. Two being the ship's heir, Elder, and his best friend, Harley.

Together, they try to find out the mysteries of the ship, and who is trying to kill off the frozen passengers...

Across the Universe by Beth Revis is a frightening story, only because it is something that could happen. Maybe not in our lifetime, but not too far in the future.

Yes, this is obviously a Sci-Fi, but it is also so much more--distopian, mystery, a bit of romance. Not to mention GOOD, BELIEVABLE romance.

That is probably my favorite aspect of the book--the romance is not shoved down your throat. It's not fast. It started out as a simple fascination. Elder is the youngest person on the ship, and he has never seen someone with red hair, or anyone so pale (as everyone on the ship is olive-toned and has dark hair).

The antagonist, Eldest, is probably one of the most menacing characters ever. He rules with an iron fist, doing whatever he feels fit to keep the ship moving, even if it means taking people's free-will, forcing women to get pregnant (it's okay, they don't care~ :/), and killing whoever gets in his way.

Amy described him as being like Hitler. Yeah, this guy could be his twin.

This brings us to Amy, the odd-ball of the ship. The second she was unfrozen, she knew something was wrong with the ship. Amy is a smart heroine, and she actually does things to show it. She WANTS to help the ship, she WANTS to stop whoever is killing the frozens, so she TRIES. What's better is that she doesn't let her crush on Elder get in the way.

Elder was born on the ship, and lives with Eldest as his successor. He also feels there is something wrong with the way things are done, but he has been so corrupted by Eldest, he doesn't know what to do.

It doesn't seem right, but he knows no other way, so it MUST be right.

The story is far from predictable, and has so many twists and turns, it will leave you interested for more. The writing is also really well put together. This book has everything needed to be a five-star book

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