Across the Universe

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Goodreads Summary:

A love out of time. A spaceship built of secrets and murder…. 

Seventeen-year-old Amy joins her parents as frozen cargo aboard the vast spaceship Godspeed and expects to awaken on a new planet, 300 years in the future. Never could she have known that her frozen slumber would come to an end 50 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.

This book caught me way off guard. I had seen it floating around for a while but was never too interested, and then I saw Revis’ Body Electric  and through I would go ahead and pick this up to get a taste of her style. Well, I’m glad I did!

It’s not as swoony as I thought, which I liked. I mean, Elder definitely has a case of insta-love, and Amy is definitely interested, but it’s a bit more realistic I think. Once things start picking up they don’t focus on their blooming attraction, but on working together to discover all the secrets of the ship, and their relationship just naturally progresses.

The layers and layers of secrets was interesting, and it was really cool to see how history had been reinterpreted to fit the ideology of Eldest and his supporters. Eldest was a really cool villain too, because there were so many sides to him, and under it all it was clear he really was just trying to make the ship the best it could be – in his mind.

Overall, it wasn’t a really complex read. I guessed all of the twists and secrets before they were revealed, but it was fun none the less.

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