Across the Universe by Beth Revis (Review)

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Synopsis: AMY
has left the life she loves
for a world 300 years away.

Trapped in space and frozen in time, Amy is bound for a new planet. But fifty years before she’s due to arrive, she is violently woken, the victim of an attempted murder. Now Amy’s lost on board and nothing makes sense – she’s never felt so alone.

Yet someone is waiting for her.
He wants to protect her –
and more if she’ll let him

But who can she trust amidst the secrets and lies?
A killer is out there – and Amy has nowhere to hide…

Genres: Young Adult, Science Fiction, Romance, Fantasy 

Cover: I cannot stop staring at this cover. I have always enjoyed looking at pictures of stars and having the galaxy on this cover is incredibly pretty. Although I would have done without the silhouettes of the main characters considering the romance isn’t very high in this story, I still love this cover.  

My thoughts: Amy’s parents, important to the mission of creating a new civilization on a new planet, have chosen to go through with a procedure that will freeze their bodies for 300 years. Their preserved bodies will be aboard Godspeed, spaceship that has a course set to a new Earth, Amy chooses to follow along with her parents and preserves her body in Godspeed, expecting to wake up 300 years later on a new planet. She never expected to be woken up 50 years earlier aboard Godspeed where someone is trying to kill the preserved inhabitants hidden in the bowels of the spaceship. Confused and utterly alone, Amy is forced to live life aboard Godspeed while her parents remain frozen in their pods. Also on the ship is Elder, the only other 16 year old who is the future leader of the spaceship. He learns everything he needs to know to become a leader from Eldest, the mysterious ruler who has more secrets than advice he can give to Elder. 

Elder has never seen someone from Earth since he has lived in Godspeed all his life. He is immediately entranced by Amy’s sunset colored hair and pale skin different from the mono-ethnic race of the spaceship’s society. Everyone has tanned skin, dark eyes, and even darker hair, so when Amy is forced to live among the citizens, she is not easily accepted. She is only able to completely trust Elder and his best friend Harley who sees through the lies the Eldest feeds to the people trapped in the walls of the spaceship.

As the book progresses, Amy notices that those who live in this spacecraft live a completely different life from the one she lived on Earth. They all comply to anything their told, barely have emotion, and have a set mating season as if they were animals rather than people with rights and feelings. She presses this issue to Elder who has blindly followed anything Eldest has ever told him, making him realize that the way their society functions is, in fact, corrupt. Over time he begins to slowly rebel against Eldest’s wishes, trying to correct the issues of Godspeed once he notices that not everyone is being treated fairly. With the murderer still on board of the ship, threatening the lives of the preserved bodies, Amy and Elder try and figure out who is sabotaging the impending landing on the new Earth by killing those who are needed to create a new society on the planet.  

This book reminded me of Animal Farm in space with the way the citizens blindly followed the obviously corrupt Eldest without question. You need to have a very open mind while reading this Sci-Fi considering some pretty weird things happen such as people being frozen in a gooey liquid for hundreds of years and people “mating” in public. I instantly fell in love with this entire plot despite some of the weird scenes. Life in a spaceship was incredibly interesting and I loved the dual POVs between Elder and Amy to show both sides of the conflicts in the story. One thing I did not entirely enjoy was the fact that Amy was sexually attacked during the Season where everyone mates like animals and Elder hardly reacted at the fact that she was put in danger. He became so distracted by other bigger issues surrounding them that he didn’t fully stop to check on Amy who nearly falls apart after being attacked. That one part of the book really annoyed me even though Amy persevered through her problems and came out stronger and more independent than she was in her life before on Earth. This book is addicting. Between the mystery of who is the murderer taking people out of their frozen pods, Elder rebelling against Eldest and his maniacal ways, and Amy trying to help the citizens learn that the way they are living isn’t really living, this book is amazing. I was intrigued at all moments and the ship full of lies and deceit was what kept me reading the entire day. I loved the fact that the romance in this book wasn’t the full focus, instead the story focused on the mystery, lies, revelations. I highly recommend this book to Sci-Fi lovers in need of a fast-paced read that never has a dull moment and made me glad I had the sequel ready to be devoured beside me when I finished this incredible start to a series.     

Rating: ★★★★★ 

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