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.