Beth Revis – Across the Universe

across the universe

publisher: Razorbill
published: 2011
pages: 448


Amy is a cryogenically frozen passenger aboard the spaceship Godspeed. She has left her boyfriend, friends–and planet–behind to join her parents as a member of Project Ark Ship. Amy and her parents believe they will wake on a new planet, Centauri-Earth, three hundred years in the future. But fifty years before Godspeed’s scheduled landing, cryo chamber 42 is mysteriously unplugged, and Amy is violently woken from her frozen slumber.
Someone tried to murder her.
Now, Amy is caught inside an enclosed world where nothing makes sense. Godspeed’s 2,312 passengers have forfeited all control to Eldest, a tyrannical and frightening leader. And Elder, Eldest’s rebellious teenage heir, is both fascinated with Amy and eager to discover whether he has what it takes to lead. Amy desperately wants to trust Elder. But should she put her faith in a boy who has never seen life outside the ship’s cold metal walls? All Amy knows is that she and Elder must race to unlock Godspeed’s hidden secrets before whoever woke her tries to kill again. (Amazon)

In (Very) Short:

+ Sci-Fi YA novel
+ interesting premise and good story world
+ relatable female main protagonist
– narrative felt a little drawn-out at times

My Opinion:

Amy is frozen and transported on a spaceship to a new earth. Her mother and father are valuable assets to that mission and it was agreed that their daughter was allowed to accompany them. Unable to let her parents go, she agrees to get frozen. However, she suddenly awakes when someone unfreezes her and leaves her to die. And all that 50 years before the ship was said to arrive in the new world and thus 50 years before her parents would wake up. Now she is not only confronted with a new situation and a new way of life, but she also tries find out who wanted her dead and whether that person will continue to unfreeze and kill people.

The premise sounded promising and it really was an interesting story, world creation, and interesting ending. The story is told from alternating perspectives (Amy’s as well as Elder’s). Elder is the future leader of Godspeed (the ship). I like to read from both perspectives: the one that has spent their entire life on this ship (Elder) and the one that is frozen but her mind is awake and that has to adapt to the life and situation on a ship.

Though I had difficulties to get into the story in the beginning, the author was able to relate Amy’s fears, confusion, and frustration to me. I understood where she was coming from and what and how the ship and this new life bothered her. It was interesting to see the story develop and I was somewhat surprised by the end. I am not sure how the story will continue because it could have been a stand alone. Yes, there were some questions unanswered, and I am curious what the next books will be like.

The characters were fascinating though,except for the main characters, they felt a little flat. The twisting of earth’s history was interesting to say the least and the pace of the story was good, though not fast. Sometimes the story was a little drawn-out in between but picked up towards the big reveal.

Bottom Line:

All in all, this was a solid and good read with an interesting premise and relatable fears of the main protagonist.


rating 3


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