Across the Universe

Across the Universe (Across the Universe, #1) by Beth Revis
Published by Razorbill on January 11th 2011
Pages: 399
My Rating: two-stars

A love out of time. A spaceship built of secrets and murder.
Seventeen-year-old Amy joins her parents as frozen cargo aboard the vast spaceship Godspeed and expects to awaken on a new planet, three hundred years in the future. Never could she have known that her frozen slumber would come to an end fifty years too soon and that she would be thrust into the brave new world of a spaceship that lives by its own rules.
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.
Now Amy must race to unlock Godspeed's hidden secrets. But out of her list of murder suspects, there's only one who matters: Elder, the future leader of the ship and the love she could never have seen coming.

I read this book because I liked the cover. It’s a cool image of almost kiss hovering over the expanse of space.

**Some spoilers you’ve been warned**

When I read YA it can go either really good or really bad for me. This book was the later. The book is set on a space ship and is in the “future”, but the future isn’t very well explained, and the tech is laughably poor.

Question: “How are we going to get people through hundreds of years of space travel?”

Author’s Answer: “Uh, we’ll freeze them, yeah! With tubes and liquid, and some other stuff. Sure.”

Then the population living on the spaceship are supposed to be able to physically and psychologically survive this flight. Yeah right. Maybe it’s because I read Stephenson’s Seveneves before this one, but every turn on this ship I was thinking “That’s not possible. Nope. Where did they get the resources for that? How do you make that up in space?”

Then there’s the inevitable hormones of YA. This one had it bad. A teenage boy seeing a teenage girl in cryosleep and he’s covered with the feels. The whole book just didn’t work for me. Other reviewers dig it, but I want to just bury it.

I originally gave this three stars which is my “Yeah go ahead and read it, but it’s not bloody Shakespeare” rating, but after writing this I dropped it down to two stars which is my “please don’t waste your time” rating.

This was book number 38 of 52 for 2017.