Across the Universe by Beth Revis

Across The Universe
Author: Beth Revis
Genre: Young Adult
Format: ebook
Publisher: Razorbill
Release Date: 1-11-11
Amy is 17 and she’s chosen to be cryogenically frozen for 300 years and placed aboard a spaceship called the Godspeed as it travels to a new planet. Along with her parents, who are essential to the colonization of the new planet, she imagines that she will wake up to a new life. Her new life begins a little early when she is mysteriously unfrozen and finds herself still on the ship, 50 years before landing. With the future leader, Elder, she tries to find out who has been unfreezing the cargo and why the ship and its society operate under such secrecy.

This was a wonderful blend of sci-fi and murder mystery. The world that Beth Revis creates is amazing and so plausible. Her description of the process of being frozen was so detailed (and a little horrifying) that I actually did some research about the limitations we currently face with existing technology. (The answer is here.)  The idea that generations have lived and died on this ship as it travels to a new home is fascinating.  It is made more real by the author’s attention to the details of a populace trapped in long duration spaceflight. What would happen to society on a ship? How would things like food, reproduction, and medical care be handled? What if things aren’t as they seem? The themes of freedom, both physical and psychological, weigh heavily on the young protagonists as we see Elder’s eyes opened by Amy’s defiance and desire to know the truth.

This is one of those books that pulls you in, entertains you and leaves you thinking.  The next installment, A Million Suns, is due in January 2012.  I gave tbhis book 4 stars.

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