Across the Universe by Beth Revis
Amy quickly realizes that her awakening was no mere computer malfunction. Someone - one of the few thousand inhabitants of the spaceship - tried to kill her. And if Amy doesn't do something soon, her parents will be next.
This is the secret of the stars, I tell myself. In the end, we are alone. No matter how close you seem, no one else can touch you.
While Across the Universe may not be flawless, it is still a fresh breath into the young adult science fiction genre that is sure to entertain readers.
17-year-old Amy and her parents are cargo a spaceship, frozen until they’re awaken 300 years later once the ship arrives at “New Earth.” 50 years before they’re scheduled to arrive, however, someone wakes Amy from her slumber in an attempt to murder her. Amy must figure out who woke her up – or her parents might be next.
Unfortunately, however, the mystery of who unplugs Amy is very easy to solve. It’s rather obvious, and I wish there were a few more red herrings in place.
Interestingly enough, the secondary characters – specifically Eldest and Orion – are much more complex than Amy (who whines and complains and is relatively difficult to like). I would have found it interesting if there was more focus given to them because their characters are extremely intricate and well thought-out.
What sets Across the Universe apart from other science fiction books is how discusses themes such as democracy, lies, and power. In what situation is it okay to lie people? Is it worth giving up your democracy / freedom if it means survival? How does power obstruct people? It’s fascinating to read about.
A leader isn’t someone who forces others to make him stronger. A leader is someone willing to give him strength to others so that they may have the strength to stand on their own.
Across the Universe is a breath of fresh air into YA science fiction. It’s similar to (but not quite as good as) Glow by Amy Kathleen Ryan in the way that it addresses ethical themes in a space setting. I just wish the mystery was more unpredictable and Amy’s character was more likeable.