Monday, July 11, 2011
Across the Universe by Beth Revis
Author: Beth Revis
(Paperback edition releases November 29, 2011; email us to pre-order yours!)
Amy has agreed to be cryogenically frozen for 300 years. Her parents were chosen to be leaders on a new planet, Centauri-Earth; Amy was allowed as a frozen passenger as well. Now Amy's chamber has been unplugged fifty years ahead of schedule and Amy finds herself on board the ship Godspeed. The passengers on board, descendants of those who helped Amy and her parents board, have developed their own society of order and regulation, where anything that stands out or anything different is seen as a threat to the well-being of all those on board.
Amy quickly comes to the attention of the ship's leader, Eldest, a domineering and controlling man and his destined successor, Elder. Eldest views Amy as different and, therefore, a potential threat to the ship. Elder, around the same age as Amy was when she was frozen, is fascinated by her. Amy is the only person he's ever known who was on the real Earth, the only person he's ever known with red hair.
In chapters alternating between Elder and Amy, readers soon realize that not everything on Godspeed is as it seems. Someone has tried to kill Amy and others, and that someone is still loose on board. Equal parts science fiction, dystopia, and murder mystery, Across the Universe is a thrilling, entertaining debut novel.