Saturday, May 18, 2013

re·view : Across the Universe by Beth Revis

 Across the Universe (Across the Universe #1) by Beth Revis 
5 Stars.


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.


So, First reaction was:

ooh.. so. many. feelings.
I'll write a review when I get my brain back.
but you sould just read it.

Now that I got my brain back, I figured I would try this again. Remember that my coherence is relative though.. :P

So, imagine that your parents are going on a space mission to populate another planet and they are taking you with them. You are going to be chriogenicaly frozen for 300 years and wake up when you are there. Something goes wrong though, and you wake up in the spaceship 50 years before your due date. 
That is the gist of the story.

The world building is amazing, and there is not that much information dumping, since their whole world is the space ship.
What is interesting though, is how we get most of the information. As a teenager, when Amy agreed to this trip she was too depressed thinking about her frieds and boyfried to actually think about the logistics of their travel.
Turns out that the ship works as a small town, they have farms, a little downtown, where artisans are, a hospital, a library and then the actual command center of the ship. 
If you don't work for them, you just work and take care of your life for generations, since families are suppose to populate the ship for 300 years.
I dont need to say that the plot is fantastic, so rich and interesting.

The pacing is just right, because of the thriller aspect, (someone is defrosting people, for crying out loud!) the reader is kept on the edge of the sit the whole time!

The point of view which the story is told, is divided between Amy and Elder. Elder is the boy who found Amy and he is also the mayer/commander in training of the ship.

I love that POV aspect, you get to know both of them and their struggles so well. Amy is the new girl, who doesn't integrate and has to find out what is going on. Elder is the boy who want to help Amy out very badly, but still struggles with his position on the hierarchy.

The side characters are SO entertaining! I love everyone from the hospital, especially Harley.

Just go read it, it is awesome. ;*

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