Friday, December 31, 2010

Review: 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

I don't even know where to start. This debut novel is fantastic. I don't normally read novels set in space, but I'm very glad I gave this one a shot. It's told in alternating chapters from Amy and Elder's perspectives. Normally when I'm reading a book like this I get more attached to a particular narrator, but I pretty much liked both characters equally. 
The book did drag a little for me in the middle, but it quickly picked up the pace again. Once I got past that, I was hooked. The mystery is great, and the character relationships are very interesting. 
This is the start of a trilogy, but it does a GREAT job of giving you just enough of a conclusion so you don't feel ripped off, while still giving you plenty to look forward to. 



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