Thursday, February 10, 2011

Book Review: Across the Universe by Beth Revis

When Amy is cryogenically frozen, she expects to wake up 300 years later, along with her parents and the other scientists, on a new planet. Instead, she wakes up 50 years too early - alone.

When Elder sees the girl with hair the color of sunset frozen in the blue cryo liquid, he is captivated. Who is she? How did she get there? Why is she frozen? And why does she look so different from everyone he knows? Even though Elder is the next leader of Godspeed, the current leader, Eldest, has kept much of his knowledge of the ship and its mission from his successor. After another infuriating round of non-education with Eldest, Elder sets out to teach himself and explore the ship - and discovers a new, secret level that's not on the ship's blueprints. A level full of frozen people.

49 years from her new planet, someone wakes Amy up and leaves her parents frozen. But were they trying to wake her or kill her? Why Amy? And who could have done it? Only Eldest, Doc (the ship's head doctor) and now Elder know about the frozens. Even if someone discovered the secret level, why would someone want to murder people who are already frozen?

Desperate for answers, Amy wants to learn everything she can about the world she woke up and is now trapped in. But nothing on Godspeed is as it seems, and all she discovers is more secrets and lies. Can she trust Elder, the only boy her age on the ship? Or is he part of the conspiracy too? When more frozens are pulled out and left to die, Amy and Elder must join forces to discover who is murdering the colonists.

A dystopian murder mystery in space, Across the Universe is thrilling, eerie, and fast-paced. Beth Revis does an amazing job imagining the world of Godspeed - when Amy watches her parents being frozen before being frozen herself, you'll definately want to grab a blanket or three. If you're a fan of dystopian and post-apocalyptic fiction, sci-fi, adventure and mystery, you won't want to miss this one!

(now reading Please Ignore Vera Dietz, one of the 2011 Printz Award honor books - check out Katie's review of this awesome read!)