Initially, this book was a total cover buy for me. I knew a little bit about the premises; space and the hope of a new world. With my love of Sci-Fi novels and beautiful covers, I was hooked.
The book starts out as Amy and her parents are being cryogenically frozen in preparation for space travel. After struggling with the decision to follow her parents or stay on earth, Amy decides to go with them, thus becoming the youngest person in the cryogenically frozen group chosen to help when the ship, the Godspeed, lands on the new planet. After what is supposed to be a 300 year trip, Amy’s cryo chamber is unplugged causing her to violently wake up 50 years before the scheduled landing of the Godspeed. Someone tried to deliberately kill her. She wakes to find herself trapped by metal walls and people blindly following a leader they call Eldest. Amy also meet Elder, Eldest’s next successor, a rebellious boy who seems fascinated with how different she is from the people he grew up with. Amy isn’t sure who to trust,and Elder is trying to find out if he has what it takes to be a great leader. But when more bad things start happening on the ship, Amy and Elder must race to uncover the Godspeed’s hidden past before more of the cryogenics are murdered.
This book was phenomenal! I picked it up right after I read Lady Midnight because I wanted a smaller quick paced book to read after that behemoth. Across the Universe had me on the edge of my seat the whole time! It’s very rare for me to find a book that gets me so immersed in the story that I forget when I am.
I absolutely loved the character Harley. He is officially my favorite side character. Harley is best friends with Elder and becomes so when Elder lived in the hospital aboard the Godspeed. People like Harley-artistic and creative ones-Stayed in the hospital to keep them safe from the others aboard the ship. Everywhere Harley goes, he leaves a trail of paint and beautiful artwork. Both of which leave a lasting impact on Elder and Amy alike. I don’t want to say too much more about this amazing artist because I do not want to give away too much of the storyline. But I will let you know you will need tissues if you fell for Harley like I did.
As a whole, the book was fast paced and full of lots of mystery. I would recommend that an older audience read this book as there are a couple non-graphic but more mature content. Seriously, if you have not read this book, do it now!!
I gave this book 5/5 stars on Goodreads.