Here is another young adult science fiction read! Across the Universe by Beth Revis has a lot of similarities with the movie Passengers but aimed at a young adult audience. Overall I give it 3.5 stars. While this book is the first in a series, I have no plans to continue. If you are a fan of Passengers than this could be the book for you, if not I don’t recommend picking this one up.
Amy is frozen cargo aboard a spaceship. She isn’t supposed to wake up until the ship reaches a new planet, but she wakes up 50 years too early and other cargo passengers are dying. She fears her parents could be next. Even worse, the ship is full of secrets and run by a cruel dictator she hates. Basically the plot is very similar to Passengers with one big difference: there are other people awake on the ship. Generations of people run the ship and the danger lies within other people instead of a malfunctioning ship. The love story runs in a similar vein with the same reason for Amy waking up early.
While I found the plot appealing, the story made a choice that rubbed me the wrong way. It pulled the whole “girl almost gets raped and needs saved” card that I am personally so tired of seeing. There are so many other dangers lurking in this story and it made me frustrated that the author turned to attempted rape. The romance also fell flat for me due to the reason Amy was woken up. Between this version and the movie Passengers, I prefer the movie.
For those really into the idea of waking up early on a spaceship, this could still be a good read if you are willing to be a bit forgiving of the lackluster romance. For me I didn’t enjoy the characters enough to want to spend more time with them. I wasn’t rooting for Elder and Amy to fall in love, so I had no desire to keep reading about their relationship. However for those who are interested in the spaceship culture and the changes taking place over generations, you may find that aspect appealing enough to keep reading. If you enjoyed the romance of Passengers, then you will enjoy the romance in Across the Universe.
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.
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