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Author: Beth Revis Publisher: Razorbill ISBN: 978-0-141-33366-3 Pages: 398 Series: Across the Universe #1 Type: Young Adult Science Fiction Source: Purchased Goodreads
Amy has left Earth and her life behind, cryogenically frozen and bound for a new
home 300 years in the future. But Amy is violently awakened 50 years before
schedule and she finds herself trapped aboard the Godspeed. The ship is
controlled by the Eldest and his successor Elder. When it becomes clear that
Amy's awakening was an attempted murder, she must turn to Elder to discover the
many secrets hidden in their world.
This is the first in a new trilogy
and, despite all the great things I'd heard, a book I approached with
trepidation. I'm not really a big fan of science fiction so I was concerned I
wouldn't like the spaceship setting but I was happily surprised to be wrong and
finished the book in a day. The plot is cleverly written and with lots of twists
and turns (although I figured a big one out pretty early on) and kept me glued
to the page. The narration is split between Amy and Elder which means we get the
benefit of both perspectives.
There is a heavy dystopian angle to the
storyline which I loved. Everyone on Godspeed is monoethnic, everyone has a
purpose, everyone is satisfied by their life - but by having Amy act almost as
our "normal" person on the Godspeed the reader gets to see just how strange the
society there has become. Elder's impressions also help show this, especially
when he starts talking about historical events which are very different to how
we know them to have been.
Amy is a great lead character managing to be
strong and independent while still remaining vulnerable, especially about her
past and her parents. Elder compliments her really well, picking up her
questioning nature but also helping her to explore the strange new world she has
found herself in. Eldest is a creepy leader and I pretty much disliked him from
the start, especially as it is clear he is hiding a lot of secrets. My favourite
character though has to be Harley who lives in the Ward with the other
psychologically different individuals. His passion for art and relatively normal
perspective on Godspeed adds another dimension to the story.
I was a
little surprised that there wasn't a huge amount of romance between Amy and
Elder. The appropriate sparks flew, but the characters got so caught up in the
events around them that it wasn't developed. This works in the books favour
though as it means more focus is given to the creepy fascinating secrets being
The ending is brilliant, managing to be surprising (despite me
having figured out a major twist) and action packed. It also ties up the
storyline in such a way that you are ready for the characters to continue but
feel that most of the issues have been resolved.
All in all this was an
awesome read and I can't wait to read A Million Suns.
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