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.
I need to be upfront-there are parts of this book that might be too intense for some students. The story does not get lost in these parts; they are vital to the understanding and movement of the plot. I also need to make it clear that while there is romance in this book-it is a sci-fi, dystopian, mystery. Not a romance novel.
Okay-now for my review.
One of my favorite aspects to this book is the two main characters-Elder and Amy. There are so many sides to this story, it is fascinating to hear from both a boy and a girl's point of view, who alternate with narrating each chapter. As a reader, you feel suspense build because you are privy to information when reading from Amy's POV that Elder doesn't know, and vice-versa. Also, during that character's chapter, you totally agree with and feel for that character. Then the next chapter completely changes your opinion! The premise is different and the twists are mostly unexpected (I was able to predict a few things). The best thing about this book, however, is its sequel A Million Suns which seemed to amp every good thing about Across the Universe up, and lose the things that I was not fond of. I can't tell you much about it, since I think it would probably ruin some of they mystery of Across the Universe, but I was definitely glad the story continued.