Across the Universe by Beth Revis

Amy is a cryogenically frozen passenger aboard the vast spaceship Godspeed. She expects to awaken on a new planet, 300 years in the future. But fifty years before Godspeed’s scheduled landing, Amy’s cryo chamber is unplugged, and she is nearly killed.

Now, Amy is caught inside an enclosed world where nothing makes sense. Godspeed’s passengers have forfeited all control to Eldest, a tyrannical and frightening leader, and Elder, his rebellious and brilliant teenage heir.

Amy desperately wants to trust Elder. But should she? All she knows is that she must race to unlock Godspeed’s hidden secrets before whoever woke her tries to kill again.
(Excerpt from Barns & Noble)

I made a list of things I liked about this book and what I didn’t.
What I liked:
1) The book moved fairly quickly. There was enough suspense, to keep you wanting to know what’ll happen next.
2) Elder wasn’t a sheep. He picked up almost right away that something was wrong with the ship, with his ‘mentor’, with the way of things.
3) Amy didn’t give in to Eldest’s threats, even though most people would have crapped themselves.

What I didn’t agree with:
1) Although it was quick paced, the book had several information dumps that made me want to skip a lot of spots. And I knew/guessed the minute Amy was thawed who the killer was, although the one who unthawed her surprised me in the end.
2) Elder wasn’t a sheep, but he didn’t quite question things until after Amy was unthawed, and then even then, there were moments when things were happening right in front of his face and he seemed a little oblivious.
3) Although younger than Amy, Elder was mature in a lot more ways. I can’t say Amy was my favorite character, though I loved Harley and Orion. The end with Orion surprised me, even though I’d already guessed his involvement from nearly the beginning. The end just didn’t seem to fit his character.
Did I enjoy the book? Yes.
Would I recommend this book to others? Yes.
Will I read this author again? Maybe not right away, but I will read her next novel, A Million Suns, book 2 in the future.

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