Wednesday, March 16, 2011
CBR III Review #41: Across the Universe by Beth Revis
A few people on this blog have already reviewed this novel so I'll keep it short. The cover of the novel really suggest it's just another YA romance but it's a lot more than that. It's a science fiction fantasy novel and it's a murder mystery novel with dashes of YA romance.
Across the Universe starts with Amy and her family being cryogenically frozen before they are placed on the spaceship Godspeed. Amy is the main narrator of half of the novel. Amy's family will be cryogenically frozen for 300 years. After 300 years the spaceship Godspeed should reach a new livable planet. Earth has been running out of a lot of resources and hopefully Amy's family and the other people selected will be able to make this new planet, that is 300 years away, a home. The reason Amy's family has been selected is because Amy's mother is a geneticist and her father is a military expert, even though Amy is nonessential the Government allowed her parents to bring her along. Unfortunately, Amy's machine is unplugged and she is thawed out and awakened 50 years too early. To make things worse for Amy she can not be refrozen and by the time the ship lands she will be older than her parents.
Elder, the future leader of the ship, voices the other half of the chapters. Even though he is the future leader of the ship he is currently a teenager. Elder is downstairs when he realizes that Amy is waking up and Elder saves her from drowning in her cryogenics container. Once Amy awakens she officially meets Elder and they form a close relationship. Elder helps Amy try and figure out why someone would want to either unfreeze her or kill her. As the novel progresses other cryogenics containers are unplugged and those who are meant to help the future new planet are not dying. Amy and Elder start to investigate and discover many deep dark secrets of the ship. Amy and Elder must decide if some secrets are better kept hidden.