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Across the Universe

Across the Universe, January 2011
Across the Universe #1
by Beth Revis

Razorbill
400 pages
ISBN: 1595143971
EAN: 9781595143976
Hardcover
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"A complex world, a compelling plot and a claustrophobic setting."

Fresh Fiction Review

Across the Universe
Beth Revis

Reviewed by Amber Royer
Posted December 14, 2010

Young Adult Science Fiction

Amy had a choice. After her mother was cryogenically frozen, her father told her that she could choose not to go with her parents on their three hundred year journey to a new planet. She could have stayed with her aunt and uncle, kept seeing her boyfriend, finished school, lived her life. But she decided to give it all up to stay with her parents. That's what makes it doubly horrible when she gets woken up early, while the ship is still in transit. The reader shares her sense of claustrophobia, her longing for a real sky.

Part love story, part dystopian nightmare, part murder mystery, ACROSS THE UNIVERSE takes place in the closed environment of the ship Godspeed, where history has been twisted or forgotten, and a new leader, Elder, is being groomed to take on the tyrannical ways of Eldest, a manipulative leader who has turned most of the people into mindless workers. Amy awakens in the middle of this, as the only one aboard who remembers Earth, the only one who remembers what it really means to be human. Can she convince Elder that Eldest's misuse of power is degrading and wrong? Can she uncover the mystery of who woke her, and who is killing other members of the cryogenically frozen planetary landing party? She's going to have to, if she hopes to survive.

The point of view switches deftly between Amy and Elder, filling in information gaps and adding depth to an already complex story. A whole tier of secondary characters are also well-developed. While the ending does tie up the salient plot points, at first I thought it was a little abrupt -- until I found out that this is the first book in a trilogy. I already can't wait for the next one. Write faster, Beth Revis!

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SUMMARY

A Story of Love, Murder, and Madness Aboard an Enormous Spaceship Bound for the Future

Amy is a cryogenically frozen passenger aboard the vast spaceship Godspeed. She expects to wake up on a new planet, 300 years in the future. But fifty years before Godspeed's scheduled landing, Amy's cryo chamber is unplugged, and she is nearly killed.

Now, Amy is caught inside an enclosed world where nothing makes sense. Godspeed's passengers have forfeited all control to Eldest, a tyrannical and frightening leader, and Elder, his rebellious and brilliant teenage heir.

Amy desperately wants to trust Elder. But should she? All she knows is that she must race to unlock Godspeed's hidden secrets before whoever woke her tries to kill again.

Across the Universe is Titanic meets Brave New World.


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