Title: Across the Universe
Series: Across the Universe #1
Author: Beth Revis
From the Publisher: 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.
Holy freaking cow.
I haven’t had such a visceral reaction to a book like this in ages. From the beginning, my heart jumped into my throat – and stayed there until the end. Usually I have reactions like that to certain scenes or chapters, but not this time – Beth Revis is one HELL of a writer.
I think, for me, the best part of the novel is the way it makes you think. I always strive for spoiler-free reviews, so this will be difficult to explain well, but basically Revis asks the questions “Why is this person the way he is, but this other person who has lived in very similar conditions is completely different? and “Are lies necessary for the well-being of the masses?”
It’s a delightfully wonderful moral and ethical dilemma that’s presented in this novel – but I think it’s clear on which side Revis firmly stands. Though it’s possible my opinion there will change once I read the sequel – though I have high hopes for the direction it will go.
I did find myself thinking of the movie Wall-E while reading it, but the only similarities are that the ships in both are full of people who don’t know any other way of life.
Again, I have to say – Beth Revis is one hell of a writer, and I can’t wait to pick up the next in the series.