Monday, December 29, 2014

Review: "Across the Universe" by Beth Revis

7:11 AM

A love out of time. A spaceship built of secrets and murder. 

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.

                              (Taken from goodreads)


As soon as I started reading the first page of this book I was like woah. Right off the bat we are introduced to this family who is about to be cryogenically frozen. These people are set to be frozen for 300 years to then wake up on a new planet. Our main character Amy was given a choice by her parents: to either stay on Earth and continue living life as she knows it, but never see her parents again, or leave her life on Earth and be cryogenically frozen along with her parents.

The first to be frozen is her mother, then her dad. Leaving Amy  last. While frozen Amy had dreams, but she couldn't really tell if they were and-ugh. Let me tell you those parts of the book were a little bit excruciating for me. I felt as if I was her. Frozen. Like an ice cube. I felt a bit claustrophobic. Nonetheless, it was so cool! I've never read anything like that before.

Anyway, after meeting Amy, we are introduced to Elder (mind you, this book is written in dual points of view) whom lives in a spaceship named Godspeed. This is the ship were all the frozen bodies are being held in. Elder is the "heir" I guess you could say, of Eldest, who is the leader of the ship. Eldest is training Elder so he (elder) can become the new Eldest. (The plot is a bit confusing-but also AWESOME- if you couldn't already tell) He must learn all the ships rules and ways of living so he can someday take Eldest position and continue leading the ship. When Elder happens to go to the level in which the bodies are held, he happens to see Amy. He is immediately infatuated with her.

One day Amy is awoken from her deep slumber, but it turns out that it was 50 years early. She is furious and devastated at the fact that she can't be re-frozen, therefore won't be able to see her parents any time soon. She is also curious, just like everyone else on the ship, to know if her waking up was actually a malfunction or if someone tried to murder her. Things start to get weirder and more serious still when a few more of the bodies get unfrozen. Throughout the story, Amy and Elder start looking into things, searching for every possible clue that could lead them to the person who is behind all these crimes.  

I found this book to be really intriguing. Since page one. It was super fast paced and I also liked how the author incorporated all the sci-fi elements as well as the romance between the two main characters. I haven't actually read that many science fiction books, and that's maybe why I found this book so unique, but OMG it was amazing! There were so many plot twists! I honestly love this book. 

I just started reading the second book in the series and it already seems equally amazing!

I wanted to point out that this review doesn't make much sense and it kind of sucks. I apologize for that. It's just that I found it really hard to explain the book.  My review certainly didn't do it justice. It's a real gem of a book and I truly encourage everyone to read it.


5/ 5

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