Across the Universe (Across the Universe Series #1)by Beth Revis
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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.
The opening scene is really intense, followed by what I thought was high intellectual boredom through the first 20 chapters, but that is when it took off... in a big way. It is not an "easy read" flow, but intellectual, rhythmic and poetic. The pace is anything but even, having varied and sometimes irritating slow sections. Those are followed by "hold on to your hat" chapters that have your mind reeling. The second half of the book I could not put down and I am really looking forward to the next in the series (A Million Suns, release date: January 10, 2012).
I found the writing two be a tale of two authors.. a traditional sic-fi intellectual and an everyday emotionalist. The two faults I found with the book were that Beth needs to combine the two styles instead of flip flopping and needs to take a battle ax to the slow sections. I could have done without the first half of the book.
With all that said, I found the book intriguing and eventually riveting. By the end I was on the edge of my seat. There were some "ah ha" moments along with tremendous shocks. It is written in two points of view, Amy and Elder, which makes for a more interesting read. Beth does a tremendous job creating emotional jolts as some of the scenes inflicted really intense emotions for me.
If you love space, science fiction and murder mysteries.. you will love this book! I think it is definitely worth reading, though not one of my "favorites". Maybe book two will find its way onto my favorites list.