Series: Across the Universe #1
Published by Razorbill on January 11, 2011
Genres: Science Fiction, YA
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.
What I Thought…
- So I never read Across the Universe before because it takes place in space and I’m not really a fan of space books/movies so I just kind of stayed away. Because I was planning on going to a signing she was at I wanted to read her book and I’m so glad I did. Across the Universe blew my expectations out of the water (mostly because they were kind of low, it’s takes place in space after all).
- So Amy is being frozen to be woken 300 years in the future, but something goes wrong and she wakes up 250 years in the future, while the ship is still 50 years away from their destination. Obviously this freaks Amy out a lot. She goes through a wide range of emotions before accepting her fate. I really liked her a lot. She could have totally turned out to be really bratty, but she wasn’t. She was also one of the few people on the ship who had any sense whatsoever.
- Elder is going to be the future leader of the ship. He’s being trained by Eldest. All the leaders of the Godspeed are called Eldest and their trainee is called Elder. Elder doesn’t know who his parents are (because it’s what’s good for the ship) and his sole purpose for being born is to lead the ship. I also really liked Elder. In his chapters you could see him struggle with what he’s been taught and what he feels
- Eldest is the leader of the Godspeed of he’s a total Hitler. You can tell this from early on with all his talk about “differences” and the fact that all the people on the ship have been assimilated. At one point in Elder’s training he mentions Hitler and “how great he was” (shudder). There is also an interesting little factoid about Abraham Lincoln. He’s impossible to like, between his treatment of Elder and his treatment of the people on the ship, you pretty much want him to just be gone for real.
- All the other people on the ship are basically brainwashed (a la Hitler). They have all been assimilated (because they’ve been on the ship so long) so the basically all look the same. They are all also very docile and emotionless.
- Harley is Elder’s friend and is one of the few people who do not seem to be brainwashed. He was really great to Amy.
- Doc engages in some shady practices. I took Amy some time to figure out some of the things, mostly because everyone stood in her way (because of the brainwashing). He really creeped me out.
- Amy isn’t the only one that gets woken up. Others are being taken out of their of the chambers as well and Amy, Elder and Harley are the only ones that seem to even care why. There is so much other stuff going on, like “mating season” and planning for the future.
- Even if you’re afraid of sci-fi like me, I think you’ll like this one. Give it a try.
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