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Amy and her parents are cryogenically frozen and placed onto a vast spaceship. They will be woken in 300 years, and begin to live on a new planet. Earth is doomed, and they are a part of a government mission to begin living in space, and eventually a new planet. For 300 years, a crew of two thousand, five hundred people will live and die on the spaceship. A new generation will be born, and work towards progressing the ship. Unfortunately, Amy is woken fifty years sooner than expected. Her parents are still frozen but she is determined to keep them safe and find out who is thawing out the people. Amy is shocked to find out she will be much older than her parents when they are awaken. Her life has completely been turned around and lost its purpose. The people on the ship have lost their freedom; they are monoethnic and submit to the eldest on the ship. Eldest decides everyone’s fate, and the role will soon be taken over my Elder. Elder is completely enamored by Amy. He loves that she’s different, and he recognizes that not everything he’s been told has been the truth. Eldest has hidden a lot from him. Elder wants to help Amy in any way possible, at the same time, he must figure out if Eldest is fulfilling his job has head of the ship.
I really enjoyed Across the Universe. I was able to suspend my belief and accept the story for what I was given. I thought the concept was interesting, and I loved the characters. The world building really worked, and I’m hoping it continues in the series. The pace of the novel worked out really well. It felt like a fast read, and I can’t wait to read A Million Suns. The third book; Shades of Earth has just been released.
I had a lot of trouble reading young adult books in 2012. Everything felt repetitive and wouldn't hold my interesting. I stayed away from dystopian, and sci-fi, paranormal young adult reads. This book really helped to get me out of my rut. Amy was a really interesting character, and her situation was unique. Revis writes with amazing details that evoked strong emotions from readers. The scene where Amy and her parents are initially frozen had me shocked and scared.
I recommend this one. I've heard great things about it, and it really lived up to the hype. I’ll be reading the second book in the series soon. I can’t wait to dive back into that world.