I rated it: 5 out of 5 stars! (Woot!)
The Goodreads summary is: 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.
My Overall Thoughts: Across The Universe = LOVE. As in, I LOVE this book. This is a dystopian sci-fi murder mystery romance. How freaking cool is that? The only thing it was missing is superpowers lol. This book has something for every reader. Mystery. Intrigue. Creativity. Drama. Thought-provoking conflict. Romance(That isn't overly abundant and cheesetastick like some writers do. *cough* ME *cough*).
I loved the main characters and felt the POV's switching really made the book. But I also loved all the secondary characters too. Great villain. He wasn't entirely black and white and I pitied him and could even understand why he did the things he did. Love it when that happens!
I was sucked in from page one and never once got frustrated with the plot or pacing. I was never bored or felt the need to skim anything and also never felt like I didn't get enough from the writing. I was never frustrated by all the secrets and lies, just fascinated. And I was literally kept guessing until the very end. I did NOT see that coming. (Not the who--I had that figured out, but the surprise after the who... vague I know, but I don't want to give anything away. Once you've read it you'll understand.) I was thinking it was something else and I was wrong. AWESOME!
The only thing that could almost be a complaint, and it's not really a complaint, but I was left a little wanting in the romance. Just a tiny bit. (Which means most people won't have this problem as I like a LOT of romance) But then, more romance could have changed the tone of the story and I wouldn't want to do that at all.
And finally, last but not least.... because you know I have to say it.... Drum roll please.... This is a stand alone novel! YAY!!!!!! (please excuse my horrid use of caps and excessive exclamation marks, but I was just so excited.) There could easily be follow up novels written. It'd be very easy to create more story on this ship with these characters, (and I wouldn't be surprised if there are some planned) but as it is, those books do not have to be written. The story that this book told is complete. It was such a breath of relief.
Anyway, I would recommend this book to most people. And I'd go so far as to say that even if you don't think you like sci-fi, you should give this book a chance. I'd bet you'd still like it.
Congrats to Beth Revis! Brilliant debut!
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