August 25, 2014
When 17-year-old Amy Martin looked up at the stars from her porch in Colorado, she never imagined that 250 years later, she would wake up flying alongside them.
In Beth Revis’s Across the Universe, a new planet has been located, far from Earth, but able to sustain life. In order for the mission staff to survive the 300-year journey, each person must be cryogenically frozen. Amy chooses to leave Earth with her mother and father, an esteemed biologist and a military commander, respectively. But nothing prepares her for the freezing process and the cold semi-consciousness that follows.
After 250 years of fitful sleep, Amy is suddenly awoken, mysteriously. She is saved from a watery death by the ship’s doctor and Elder, the future leader of the ship. But on a ship of monoethnic people, her red hair and extensive knowledge of Earth make her a freak. How could the people living between steel walls even imagine a never-ending dark blue expanse dotted with stars? She finds a companion in Elder, and his best friend, Harley. Amy, to whom the customs and systems of the ship are brand new, notices irregularities on the ship that no one else sees.These abnormalities both disgust and intrigue Amy, who begins to question the ship and its leader, Eldest (Elder’s superior).
Then, someone starts to unfreeze the people from Earth; killing them silently and efficiently. Amy, Harley, and Elder must investigate who the killer could be and why they are murdering people vital to Godspeed’s mission. And through the whirlwind of mystery and danger, Elder and Amy start to fall for each other; the spark between them as bright as the stars surrounding them.
When I first picked up this book, I was unsure. Sci-fi has never really been my type of book. But when I finally immersed myself in the book, I was awestruck. Even though Beth Revis’s writing was just as good as any other YA novel (not extraordinary), it was clear and thoughtful. It was able to portray just the right amount of emotion. Splitting the narration between Elder and Amy made for a very intriguing plot line. When someone started to unplug the frozen people, there was a sense of mystery that holds you to the book. And of course, the romance; something that makes a good book into a YA novel! Beth Revis drew Amy and Elder’s relationship perfectly. She also kept a very steady balance of the romance and the other components of the book. All in all, I would definitely recommend this book. Even if you think sci-fi isn’t your type, like I did, give this book a try. You’ll surely enjoy the journey across the universe.