Title: Across the Universe
Author: Beth Revis
Publisher: Penguin (2011)
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.
This is now my third time reading this awesome, original YA novel. I thought it would be best to revisit it in preparation for the sequels A Million Suns and Shades of Earth, which I am currently busy and will be reviewing soon.
Across the Universe is brilliantly written. The writing flows and I can picture what life on Godspeed must be like. I love the world Beth Revis has created and she did a good job, leaving no questions unanswered (aside from intentional ones!).
The romance is actually understated in the novel. The focus is more on the mysteries behind Godspeed's existence and the lies and deception. It is told from both the points view of Amy and Elder. I find this lends well to building the intrigue. As they put together pieces of the puzzle.
One of the nice touches is the diagram of the shop at the back of the book. I am a stickler for maps. Love, love, love them!
If you are looking for a clever yet easy read, this is well-worth picking up. I just hope the sequels live up to this one!