Title: Across the Universe
Author: Beth Revis
Publisher: Penguin, 2011
From the Back of the Book:
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...
I was COMPLETELY blown away by this book. It took me about 30 pages to get into the book, but once I did I literally could not put the book down. The plot is what you would call dystopian. Amy and her family are among several hundreds of people that will be cryogeniclly frozen and will live on a new planet in 300 years. They will be carried on a large spaceship and will be unfrozen when they arrive. Amy is suddenly unfrozen 50 years earlier than expected as a suspected murder. Amy is thrown into a world that is completely different than what she is used to. The ship is run by Eldest and his successor Elder. Amy befriends Elder, which causes great anger in Eldest because she is very unlike everyone else on the ship. After Amy is unfrozen, several other people are unfrozen and some die. Amy fears that her parents, her only remaining link to Earth, will also be murdered
Even though I would consider this book to be dystopian, it covers so many genres- romance, fantasy, sci-fi, adventure. It is so different than anything I have ever read and will probably ever read. Revis creates this unbelievable world that lives on a ship that is flying for several centuries. Revis includes so many details in the book that it is easy to create imagery in your head while reading. I give this book an A+ because I recommend it to EVERYONE!! It is a longer book of 398 pages, but I was found wanting more once I finished. The sequel comes out in spring of 2012, and I will definitely be first in line to buy a copy!