Book: Across The Universe by Beth Revis
Date Published: January 11th, 2011
Date Started: June 11th, 2014
Date Finished: June 21st, 2014
Other Books Reviewed: A Million Suns, Shades of Earth
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.
Ah the winner of book roulette! This is a book that I’ve been wanting to read for a while, and I’m glad that I did finally get to it. I was so intrigued with this story, that I had to rush out and borrow the two sequels at the library.
Across the Universe is about a girl named Amy who has been cryogenically frozen along with her parents. Their frozen bodies have been put on the spaceship Godspeed to await 300 years until they reach the planet Centauri-Earth. However, she is one day woken up 50 years too early because someone was trying to kill her. With the help of Elder, the next leader of Godspeed, she must figure who who is trying to kill her and the other cryogenically frozen passengers. They might just uncover more than they can handle.
So I expected this to be more of a love story than it actually was. I think its because of the original cover of two people about to kiss that I came to this conclusion. The book that I own has the cover that is pictured above, which I think is a better representation of the book. There is a love story, but it doesn’t encompass the entire story. The mystery of who is killing people on the spaceship is the biggest plot of the book. And for that, I am very thankful. Don’t get me wrong, I love a good love story every now and then, but I love science even more. I loved the mystery of this whole story, trying to figure out what is a lie and what is the truth.
My favorite part of this book was how the history of Earth was rewritten. When Amy is frozen, she has her memories kept in tack, including everything that she learned in school. When Elder shows her the records they have, history has been rewritten to fit the purpose of the ship. For example, the entire ship’s population is mono-ethnic. Their records were changed so that the civil war fit this ideology. Their records state that Abraham Lincoln realized that two races could not live in content, so he sent the African Americans to live in Africa. Therefore, the ship must be mono-ethnic so that differences do not cause conflict. These little details were important because it show how much the leaders of the ship changed everything just so that they could run the ship in a super controlled way. My personal favorite was the reference to Hitler as a good leader.
I liked Amy as a character. Even though she struggled with the fact that she was 250 years into the future, she knew that there were some things that should never change. For example, there were some inhabitants of the ship that were acting as though they were drones. For anyone, this should have been wrong, and she knew biologically this was true. After all, her mother worked in DNA research. She was threatened time and time again because she was so different, but knew that she had to stick around because her parents needed her. Some people would have had a complete meltdown and just lose it.
I believe that if you love sci-fi or a good mystery, you’ll like this book. Sometimes people fear that they won’t understand what is happening in a sci-fi book because you can get lost in the details. I think this book did a good job with balancing the science with the human interactions and emotions. I look forward to reading the sequels, A Million Suns and Shades of Earth.