Friday, 6 December 2013

Review: 'Across the Universe' by Beth Revis

Across the Universe by Beth Revis, 2012, Razorbill, $9.99, softbound, 417 pages. Category/Genre: science fiction. Cover: pretty cool. Where we got it: bought it. Where you can get it: Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Books-A-Million. 

Told from the points of view of two different characters, this book takes place in the future, when cryogenics is a reality. Seventeen-year-old Amy gets cryogenically frozen along with her parents in order to reach a planet 300 years away. 

There are a number of people awake during the journey, including those known as 'Shippers'; they run the ship and have training in how to operate Godspeed during an emergency.  

Elder is the leader in training under Eldest on board Godspeed and wants to prove himself worthy of becoming the next leader. His leadership skills are tested when Amy wakes up early and is unable to be re-frozen. Everyone on Godspeed is the same: no religion, the same ethnicity, and the same language -- until Amy wakes up. One of the causes of discord, according to Eldest, is difference; and Amy is definitely different. 

This is a story about flawed leadership, learning to stand up for yourself, and why our differences should be celebrated rather than feared. 

If you like this one, try: A Million Suns, by Beth Revis.  

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