Thursday, July 5, 2012

Across the Universe

It took me a bit longer to get through this book, not because it was slow, but because I was facing a busy time at work and was exhausted by the time I got home.

Across the Universe by Beth Revis is a YA sci-fi novel which follows Amy and Elder. The former was cryogenically frozen so that she would awake on a new planet with her parents in 300 years. Elder is the next leader of the spaceship Godspeed, which is carrying the cryogenically frozen. However, things start to go wrong when someone unplugs Amy 50 years early and she nearly dies waking up. Soon after her, more frozens are unplugged, and not all of them survive. Now Amy and Elder are scrambling to discover who the killer is, as well as secrets Godspeed's leader Eldest is keeping. These secrets have fueled the ship for centuries, and are just now being uncovered.

The writing style of this book was great. I am a fan of alternating view points, and the switches between Amy and Elder are well handled. That being said, I thought the book could have been a bit shorter. It took a very long time for Amy to make a connection between the unfrozen that seemed blatantly obvious. The setting was explained well, so I could actually visualize where Amy and Elder were on the ship. But perhaps by favorite part of the book came when Amy was comparing the fake fields/rain/food/animals to the ones on earth. She talks about how the rain doesn't feel like rain, and the solar lamp that is keeping everything alive doesn't blind her the same way the sun did on Earth.

I would recommend this book. Just be prepared for a bit of a lag in the middle. 

Goodreads Rating: 4 stars
Next up: A Song for Summer by Eva Ibbotson.

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