Thursday, December 8, 2011

Across the Universe by Beth Revis

Across the Universe (Across the Universe, #1)Across the Universe by Beth Revis

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Amy, a teen from the 21st century is frozen, along with her parents, and spends 250 years, flying in the bottom of a space ship toward a new planet. Her parents are to be part of the group who helps terraform the new planet to make it habitable for more Earth colonizers. However, she is woken fifty years before the ship, Godspeed, is scheduled to land because someone unplugs her and leaves her to die.

Luckily, Elder, a young man who is being trained to become the leader of the people who inhabit the ship, finds her and helps her get medical treatment.

As Amy tries to figure out the ship and why she was unplugged along with several other people, who end up dying, Elder tries to figure out why certain information is being kept from him by Eldest, the leader of the ship.

This book reminded me of Lois Lowry's The Giver, Jonah and Elder are very similar in that they both grew up in their dystopian societies. Amy reminds me of Wanderer from Stephenie Meyer's The Host. She is like a fish out of water and is often in danger from the strange, genetically altered humans who have grown up on the ship. Like Wanderer, Amy has a strong sense of the value of human life. So does Elder, but he has been so misinformed by his society, that Amy has to inform him of the realiities of human history as much as she can remember.

Wonderfully developed characters and setting. The ship, itself, is almost a character, too. I did figure out one of the characters before Amy and Elder figure it out; however, I still wasn't sure if he/she (not revealing that) was a good person or an evil one.

A real page turner.

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