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.
For those of you who know me or just have read a few of my science fiction reviews, you know that Ender’s Game is my favorite science fiction novel. The Forever War and Alastair Reynold’s House of Suns isn’t far behind. I’m not saying that Across the Universe made it into my top five, but it probably made it into my top ten, the reason for that being that a) it was interesting and b) the science was believable to me.
Building on point b, I give Beth Revis credit for the way she crafted the “science” in science fiction for this book. Sometimes as a writer, people can go a little overboard. It’s completely understandable, I mean, in a world where anything is possible–where the limits are simply your own imagination, what keeps you from going overboard? Simple. Yourself. The teeny, tiny, speck of you that is sane and (almost) balances out the insane, crazy, amazing part in everyone. Beth Revis put enough reality and realism into this story that it felt believable and realistic.
Another thing, sorry. I’m not all for Elder. I guess it makes sense, how his character works out, but I found him to be a little bit irritating. For one thing, he was always saying, “…Well, Eldest says….” Blah, blah, blah. Don’t you have a brain, Elder? Yes? Then USE IT. STOP BEING A KID. YOU ARE A YOUNG ADULT. A T-E-E-N-A-G-E-R. THINK FOR YOURSELF. Sorry. I just felt he didn’t feel his age. Maybe it was because he felt he had something to prove. But if he had something to prove, he would be angry at Eldest instead of trying to always copy Eldest.
On the other hand, I think that Harley, the sad, broken, wonderful, kind artist, was a much better match to Amy. But, of course, that’s not how the story goes. I felt disappointed that Beth Revis didn’t use Harley the way I think he could have been used, but Beth Revis, thank you so much for not doing yet another love triangle.
All in all, I liked some parts and I didn’t like others. Just the way it is. A pretty good book, but I felt it could have been better. The sequel was interesting, but a little disappointing. It had a good ending though, which made it fine. 4 stars.
pg count for the hardback: 398
Series: Across The Universe