Across the Universe #1
Published by Razorbill
Summary: 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 of 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.
To be completely honest, I was not all that excited to read this book. I wasn't all that drawn in to the plot and it didn't seem like the genre of book I enjoy reading most of the time.
I particularly liked Amy because she was a brave, bold and fearless character. She was more of the heroine then the damsel in distress ; saving the male rather then being saved. Amy was "unplugged" 49 years before landing, and is forced to live with a society of people with no feelings, emotions and animal-like behavior. While she is slowly trying to adjust to her new life she tries to unravel the mystery of why she was unplugged. I was just as frustrated and angry as Amy was, reading into her thoughts and what she was seeing; abnormal behavior being done from mindless drones that lives on every word Eldest says. Elder was one of those rare male characters that I enjoyed. Although he was the soon to be leader, after Eldest, and was supposed to lead how Eldest led, he was bold like Amy and lived for justice instead of power, even if it meant defying the person that raised him since a child.
I thought it was a great idea to write the story in both Amy and Elder's point of views instead of only Amy's or Elder's or even third person narrative. It made the story that much better getting to know the characters better and their feelings. At some parts, like introducing the ship and the past slightly made me lose interest. I would put the book down, and when I felt like reading I would pick up this book with doubt. Although, I'm glad I got to finish it. Near the end it seemed like the puzzle was even more incomplete because of all the twists in the plot. It was definitely my favorite part because it made me excited and curious to figure out the puzzle.
Overall, I'm glad that I tried a new genre that I didn't expect to read... like ever. This was a more then satisfactory novel that left me pleasantly surprised.
First Sentence: Daddy said, " Let mom go first."