Tuesday, May 1, 2012

Review: Across the Universe (Across the Universe, #1) by Beth Revis

Goodreads summary:
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.

Oh My God! I can't believe this book. I can't even begin to tell you how much I love it. It's brilliant! I really don't know how to start this review. I'm still stunned from reading the ending.
Okay, so the books is about a seventeen year old girl and a sixteen year old boy. Their names a Amy and Elder. Well the story is not about them exactly but they are the main characters in it and they are in the middle of the action most of the time.
Amy is a girl from Earth who is stuck on a spaceship for God knows how long, frozen along with her parents and some other very important people. She, herself is a none essential cargo, not important at all but her parents are and she decided to go with them on the trip the new planet. Sounds fun and all, to be in space, to go to a new planet to explore, well it's not! First she had to leave everyone she ever knew and loved, besides her parents, behind and second.. she will be frozen for 300 years!
Elder is born on the ship. He is the future leader and he is training to be one, or he is supposed to but his mentor, Eldest(the current leader), isn't doing a very good job of it, he's keeping everything a secret and Elder has no idea what happens around him.
As the book progresses the POVs change from Amy to Elder and we get to witness her dreamlike state and Elders actions around the ship. Then some thing happen and Amy is unplugged! No one knows why oh who did it but the problem is, one of the frozen is awake and she's bound to cause trouble for the monoethnic community.
I liked Amy. She's strong and open minded and what she witness on the ship is just wrong! She know is but no one else seams to notice how hollow the people on the ship are. They have no emotions. And she is the exact opposite of them. Her life from now on will be on the ship and as she learns to deal with it she's facing some pretty hard stuff. She proved to be a very strong character. I loved reading the chapters from her POV because she brought excitement to the story. She's your normal teenager, a little sarcastic but frightened most of the time.
Elder is so much different from what you'd expect from a sixteen year old boy. There's no playing around for him. He has a job and he is trying his best to do it. But the strong character cracked the surface of the obedient follower and he started fighting with Eldest for knowledge and control. It's a struggle for him to fight everything he ever knew and believed.
The book showed us what would happen when you close people in a huge metal box for hundreds of years. Even as the generation changed everything was outlined and the lives of the people there was like a broken record, repeating itself over and over again. That is until Amy shows up of course and decides to change the song...
You wanna know what really happens in the book? .... I won't tell you! You go and read the book as soon as possible because it's amazing.
I can't wait to get my hand on book 2!

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This book is also part of a three months challenge I participate in Goodreads. It's my number 6.
Here's a link to it if you want to join too, you still can: Quarterly Challenge #5 (March 2012 - May 2012).

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Until the next,

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