22 August 2011

Across the Universe by Beth Revis

January 2011, Penguin/Razorbill
408 pages, Paperback
Library copy

YA science fiction
Some graphic pain, murder, sex (not MC)

Summary from Penguin:

Amy has left the life she loves for a world 300 years away

Trapped in space and frozen in time, Amy is bound for a new planet. But fifty years before she's due to arrive, she is violently woken, the victim of an attempted murder. Now Amy's lost on board and nothing makes sense - she's never felt so alone.

Yet someone is waiting for her. He wants to protect her; and more if she'll let him.

But who can she trust amidst the secrets and lies? A killer is out there – and Amy has nowhere to hide . . .

Amy's thoughts:
Oh, my gosh! I LOVED this book! I read it in a single sitting, past my bedtime, and adored every minute of it. This book is full of twists and turns and surprising reveals, and although I guess one or two I didn't actually guess how they would work, and made exclamations of delight often enough that my husband kept giving me strange looks.

The characters are interesting and well-rounded and, most importantly, smart and active. Although they're in a very difficult situation (stuck on a gen-ship several centuries away from Earth) with mysterious murders of an odd variety happening all around them, they Get Stuff Done.

The worldbuilding is just gorgeous - rich and layered and entirely logical - sometimes scarily so. But most importantly, this book does EXACTLY what science fiction is, in my opinion, supposed to do: it asks important ethical and moral questions. What is the truth? Does everyone actually deserve - or need - to know it? What constitutes good leadership? Does the end ever justify the means? And just exactly how much can love overcome?

A very, very awesome book.

Final Conclusion:
This is one of my favourite books all year. Well done, Ms Revis!

Find out more about Across the Universe at its website, or more about Beth Revis at her website :)

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