Tuesday, January 31, 2012
Across The Universe
Across The Universe by Beth Revis
"Power isn’t control at all — power is strength, and giving that strength to others. A leader isn’t someone who forces others to make him stronger; a leader is someone willing to give his strength to others that they may have the strength to stand on their own."
— Beth Revis (Across the Universe (Across the Universe, #1))
Here's the jist of it. Amy has been cryogenic frozen with her parents who are part of a team heading out on a 300 year trip to Centauri-Earth to set up a colony. Amy is 'unplugged' fifty years early by an unknown person and she isnt the only one, someone is unplugging the frozens & leaving them to die.
Elder is the next leader of the ships crew, which is basically a small town of people who live, work, breed, & die all on the ship for generations. The ship is their whole world, no one sees out no one has ever stepped foot on Amy's Sol-Earth.
There is a lot going on in this story with the relationship between the 'Eldest' the current leader of Godspeed & his protege Elder as well as the relationship between the people in different areas of the ship. The people on board hate anything different, and Amy is definitely that.
I have never read a "space" book but i enjoyed this one. It doesnt have aliens or laser fighting ect ect. The narration flips between Elder & Amy who we really want to find away to be in love. But as usual chaos ensues!
If your looking for something different give it a try, Beth Revis paints an interesting picture of a life without all the beauty of Earth & how people find the courage in themselves to carry on when it feels like there is no hope.
I do recommend this book but have really nothing to compare it to, it is a trilogy so there is more to come. It does have a 'near' rape scene which was hard to read but it was moving to say the least.
The sequel A Million Suns was just released January 2012 and the last book will be coming in 2013 called Shades of Earth.
Rating: 3.5/5 - Something different.