Across the Universe by Beth Revis
(**Reviewing an ARC)
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.
I freaked when I found that I had received this book for review from Penguin back in September. It was part of my welcome package for the Penguin Insiders (a group of teens chosen to give insight on their YA books). I had heard of this book before, but I had no idea what it was about or how amazing the story would be.
Oh. My. Goodness. This book had me holding my breath the whole time.
Amy is a regular teenage girl; except for the fact that she has been cryogenically frozen. But her character is courageous, insightful and strong. And I mean STRONG. You need guts to be able to deal with a new world on your own where a select few actually enjoy your presence. This girl is also able to say what she wants without thinking of holding back. I applaud her for that! Amy is a wonderful protagonist that I can assure you will love.
Elder is also equally fantastic. He is able to stand up for what is right, even if that means defying authority. He’s intelligent, curious, and a born leader. Harley, Elder’s best friend is another strong character. Unlike everyone else on the ship, he befriends Amy and helps her out a few needed times. If I were to pick favorites, Harley would be my choice.
There are so many things I love about this novel! One of those things is detail. Revis writes in a way that makes you feel what the characters are experiencing. More than once I felt the self-pity Amy felt, or the longing Harley went through. The rollercoaster of emotions engulf you, pulling you further into the book than you can imagine. The plot of Across the Universe is very unique; no wonder everyone has been raving about it!
The world that Revis has built lures you in with tantalizing protagonists, delicate secrets and a kiss of romance that leaves you breathless! A remarkable read!
Rating: 5 / 5