Thu, April 14, 2011
By Beth Revis
January 1, 2011
Razorbill, 416 pages
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.
— Amazon.com description
This book is exactly what I wanted Inside Out by Maria V. Snyder to be. It’s a lovely mix of dystopian, sci-fi and suspense. Bonus: Map inside the cover. Of a spaceship.
Across the Universe pleasantly surprised me because it took a lot of my common complaints about YA books and turned them around on me. How’d you manage that, Beth Revis?
1. First of all: The hype. What a turn-off…usually. This time, it was well-deserved.
2. I’m a romantic (oh, couldn’t you tell?), but I’m really happy that this book focused less on love and more on honesty. The themes here were just brilliant.
3. I really dislike alternating points of view, but Revis did a splendid job here. The switches never felt like they were retellings, rather chances to share some new, important information that happened while the reader was caught up with another character.
4. There’s nothing worse than a predictable book. But while I saw through some of the plot twists, I had no problem getting over them because the path to those twists was so enjoyable. And a subtle surprise did startle me at the end of the book when I least expected it. Refreshing!
5. Last but not least (SPOILER ALERT): I’m usually a girl who likes her endings tied up in a nice little bow. But this one wasn’t, and yet I loved it. It ended ambiguously, but with a great sense of hope and forgiveness, and that felt just right to me.
What the what, right!? B. Revis = miracle worker. Kudos, ’cause I am a changed woman.
You might also like: Another dystopian read, Delirium by Lauren Oliver