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In awe .............,
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This review is from: Across the Universe (Paperback)
I have literally just finished reading this. And I still feel tingly all over!
It didn't have the greatest twist at the end but it gave you just enough to have you desperate
to find out what happens to everyone aboard Godspeed. I really loved the character Elder.
He is so different than any character I've ever read and as someone who hasn't really read science
fiction before I think this was a fantastic first experience for me. And when you consider that
this was Beth Revis' first book, I really am in awe and would love to be able to weave a story the
way she does.
We meet Amy originally just before she and her parents are cryongenically frozen to travel aboard a
ship we later learn is called Godspeed to start a new civilization on a new planet, 350 years away.
We never really learn why they are doing this. Is it because the Earth is dying, or simply because
man has a desire to colnate other planets, to see if it is even possible. They are fairly confident
this new planet will sustain human life but have no way of knowing until they arrive. Amy is classed
as non-ensential. Cargo. She only has a place as a frozen on the ship because her parents are very
important for the colonization of the new planet. But something has gone wrong, there is a murderer on the
loose, someone who woke Amy 50 years too early and left her to drown. But Elder comes along (the future leader
of the ship) and saves Amy. She now has to come to terms with the fact that hse will be an old woman
when they reach the new Earth and finally gets to see her parents again. But even worse, there's still a
killer on the loose after the other frozen people, including Amys parents and she has to try to figure
out why she was woken. nd by who. Whilst also contending eith the fact that theres something very strange
about the current leader Eldest and the other people aboard the ship.
Beth Revis writes mystery very well. She created the world and the ship beautifully so you could really picture it.
She used her own language in parts to really highlight that these people are centuries ahead of us scientifically
and with their language. I was absorbed by the descriptions and the characters and found this very difficult
to put down when that pesky thing we call life got in the way!
I don't want to ellaborate more as to spoil the story, but this is an amazing read. Full of twists and
parts that make you sad........ definately recommended by me!