Title: Across the Universe
Author: Beth Revis
Page Count: 448
My rating: 4 TURTLES: A great read, I definitely recommend.
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.
Across the Universe is an exciting, fast-paced, Young Adult science fiction novel with a dash of romance thrown in. My sister pointed out that even though it is 398 pages, it feels a lot quicker. And I definitely agree. It is a testament to the pace of the book that keeps the pages turning. I also really liked Beth Revis's use of the dual perspectives. Switching between the two main characters every other chapter really gave me insight into the lives of the two and added a lot to the story.
One major downfall for me with this book though was I felt for most of the book that I was one step ahead of the characters instead of right along with them, and not in a way that the author intended. This was a bit frustrating for me since I like to discover things with my characters, not wait for them to figure out what I already have.
Despite this, the cliffhanger ending definitely left me wanting more, and I look forward to reading the rest of the trilogy. Beth Revis has created a well-developed, engaging science fiction tale with interesting characters and an exciting plot. I recommend that you check it out!
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