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.
This was such an amazing book. I read it for a read-a-long for one of my Goodreads groups and we were scheduled to read it over the course of a week, but I could not resist. I burned through the book in three days (technically two because I started it at around 10 pm on the first day and only read two chapters).
Across the Universe was amazing. This was Beth Revis's debut novel and I am extremely excited to read some of her other works. Her character building is flawless and I absolutely loved the world she created. But the part of the book I think is the most applaudable is Beth's ability to blend so many genres into her book. On the surface, it is a science fiction novel, but it also includes a murder mystery and a touch of romance. Completely brilly, if you ask me (see what I did there...).
I think the part of the book that made it impossible for me to put down was that each and every chapter ended with a cliffhanger. The narrative switches between Elder's and Amy's perspective, so as soon as something amazing happens to one of them, the narrative switches. It just kept me reading!
All in all, this was I think one of the best books I've read in a while (though, I have been blessed with some wonderful reads lately).