Amazon Blurb: 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.
REVIEW: THUMBS UP to Revis’s Across the Universe. The dual narrative of this book is amazing. Revis creates such distinct voices for Elder and Amy. And while the blurb would indicate that the story is mostly about Amy, I feel that it is an equal balance between Amy and Elder’ stories and that’s what makes this book so enthralling. Readers will identify with Amy because she is from Soul Earth and has had many of the same experiences that readers have had. But Elder’s narrative is just as important and the layering of their character arcs creates a thorough narrative. In addition, I listened to this audiobook and the separate narrators really lend personality to the already distinct voices of the characters.
I was a little disappointed in the resolution of this book’s conflict. I suspected the culprit behind the “unfreezings” very early on in the story. There was nothing to divert my attention from my suspect either so it just sat there in the back of my mind for most of the book. There were a couple of surprising moments and more sadness than I would have expected from a novel of this type. Revis has managed to effortlessly create a world that demands your curiosity. As an added layer to the story, there is a map of Godspeed on Revis’s website.
Overall, a moving read that causes questions to arise about of the future of humanity, how society chooses its leaders, and the impact of mistakes in judgement over the course of years rather than just the immediate fallout. And while the main conflict is resolved in this book, readers are left with many more questions about Elder, Amy and Godspeed’s future. I’m looking forward to the second book in the series, A Million Suns, which just released Jan. 10, 2012.
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