Published: January 11, 2011"Sci-fi? Yeah. No, thanks," said the Jen of yore. Last Tuesday Jen, however, decided that preconceived notion of sci-fi was balderdash. And you know what? I'm all the better for it. In fact, I cannot stop thinking about Across the Universe.
Razorbill, 386 pages, hardcover
GoodReads Summary: A love out of time. A spaceship built of secrets and murder.
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.
So let me get this straight. You're gonna get on a spaceship. Frozen, mind you. You're gonna travel for hundreds of hundreds of years in a basement of said spaceship while a bunch of freaky ass clones (because they ALL have olive skin and brown hair. Difference = BAD on Godspeed) mull about trying to create some semblance of their own temporary Earth as a means to survive the 300 year journey to Centauri-Earth (as opposed to Sol-Earth, as our planet is known) while being led by Eldest and Elder. Except all sorts of crazy shiz starts going on, you know, with the discovery of the frozen bodies in the basement and Elder finding Amy and kinda falling in love at first sight with her prettyness and red hair.
BUT that's the beauty of it. It's got the insta-love, but it doesn't. Elder and Amy are so wary of one another, because Amy is so jaded and Elder is so inexperienced. There's a kind of beauty and innocence about their romance that I haven't found in other books as of late. There's this desperation to them that makes me all kinds of heart-palpitaty. They're so cautious and sweet with one another, it ALMOST makes tears spring to my eyes.
When I say the action in Across the Universe is heart-pounding, I mean that. And not because I was on my second or third cup of coffee while reading. There are a couple factors that exacerbate this feeling:
1. Claustrophobia. They're on a ship. In space. Sure, maybe Godspeed's inhabitants don't find these to be dire situations, but as a former Earth inhabitant who was unfrozen against her will? It's not difficult at all to put yourself in Amy's shoes, being constrained to a little bubble in space. It makes me stir crazy, just thinking about it.
2. Sure, there are 2,300 other people on the ship, but they all kind of hate Amy. She looks funny to them, and this is unacceptable. But even though the majority of the ship's inhabitants are oddly Stepford wife-esque, there are a couple people--the "crazy" people--who have taken a sick interest in her.
3. The Season. You'll see.
4. Someone is trying to unfreeze all the Frozens, therefore killing them. MURDER MYSTERY IN SPACE. I can't take the excitement.
Beth Revis, where have you been all my life? This book did something magical to me. YA series that captivate me this much, to make me want to forego all other books until I blast through each book in the series, are few and far between. I cannot wait to read more about Amy and Elder, and the insanity that goes on aboard Godspeed.