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.
Honestly, I’m not much of a Sci-Fi fan. In fact, the closest I’ve ever come to reading Sci-Fi was The Host by Stephenie Meyer and believe it or not, I actually loved it. So when I first saw this cover and read its synopsis, I was intrigued. I’m all about broadening my horizons (well, as far as reading is concerned) so this book instantly became one of my most anticipated books of this year.
First of all, if there’s one book that should be awarded Best First Chapter Ever (you know, if there actually was such a thing), it should be Across the Universe. And if that chapter didn’t hook you or at the very least, grab your attention, I’m not really sure what will. However, unfortunately for me, after that chapter, my attention drifted and I found myself forcing my mind to focus. Thankfully, after about 100 pages, the story started picking up again and the remainder of it easily made up for the slow beginning.
The characters for the most part, were likable and convincing and pretty much what you’d expect from a bunch of people who’ve lived there entire lives in space (talk about claustrophobic!). I think it's safe to say it wasn’t always pretty. One thing that did bother me though, was that I knew who the villain was almost instantaneously. I’ve said before that I’m pretty good at guessing endings (not gloating, by the way-it’s not something I’d brag about, it gets so darn annoying), but it was just too easy this time. Though, the twist at the end made me dismiss it entirely and made me think that Revis possibly intentionally did that? Hmm... Also, a character I wasn’t a fan of (surprisingly) was Amy. You’d think that for a person who had her life taken away and was thrown (or awoken?) into not so great circumstances, I’d sympathize with her, but no. She came off as just far too whiny for my liking and I often found myself rolling my eyes at things she’d do or the way she’d act.
To me, one of the best aspects of this book was the setting. I mean, imagine: a life on a ship forever; never breathing real oxygen, never knowing what an ocean looks like or what the sun feels like on your skin or even experiencing something as simple as going for a run or walking your dog. It was the world Beth Revis created that made Across the Universe the unique read it was. From how the people lived and functioned and how the ship operated, to all the crazy-cool technology! It definitely took some brains and creativity to come up with everything, so kudos for that, Revis.
Overall, this was an interesting read and definitely not the sort of book I'm used to, but I'm glad I read it. Though, I just want to add that this gorgeous cover may be a bit misleading as there really was no actual love story and the main focus was more on the mystery of who the villain was. And if I had to guess, that might have some part in why I didn't give it the full four stars--the sick sap in me just wasn’t fully satisfied. But hey, a good book is a good book, I guess. Regardless of no kissing.