The Silver Lining | Bookanistas Review: ACROSS THE UNIVERSE

Welcome to another Bookanista’s review!

From Goodreads:
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.

My Thoughts

My mom and I have the same taste in TV and movies–just last week I thought I missed the premiere of SKINS on MTV and she assured me it didn’t start until January 17th–so naturally she gets all my fabulous YA book hand-me-downs. But my dad and I rarely share an interest in things. He’s a sci-fi buff who reads physics text books for fun and believes in aliens but not God. He’s instilled in me a love of sci-fi but there haven’t been many YA books in that genre recently. Until now. I am so beyond excited to finally have a book to share with him. Immediately upon finishing, I called him up and gushed about how much he would love this. He hung up the phone and pre-ordered it on his Kindle.

I can’t say enough how much I loved this book. Everything about it. I couldn’t put it down. The characters, the gorgeous writing, the mystery of the ship. When I was little, I always wanted a house with hidden secret passages, but that simply didn’t exist in my modern house that was built only 6 months before I was born. I got to fulfill my fantasies with the ship Godspeed. I was fascinated by it’s secrets.

And it’s mysteries. As a writer, I’m very attuned to plots and know the tricks of building a mystery (the culprit is never someone that the main character suspects, nothing is in a book without reason so seemingly throw-away lines always have purpose), which is why I am so impressed that so many mysteries in this book surprised me. I DID NOT see them coming. More than one huge twist. Awesome twists, I might add. Ones that make me wish I had book 2 in my hands right now.

But my favorite part of the book has to be how much I related to Amy. I mean, the girl has been cryogenically frozen and wakes up on a space ship 250 years in the future but 50 years too early. You would think I wouldn’t have a lot in common with someone like that. But it was Amy’s horror that she no longer has her parents to rely on. She’s not going to see them again until she’s older than them. She has to protect them, which is the opposite of what a teenager usually has to do. All these things tugged at my heartstrings and I know I would have felt the exact same way if I was in Amy’s position. It breaks my heart that Amy has to go the next 50 years alone.

Well, not really alone. There’s Elder, who I adored! I’m a sucker for romance.

I suggest you run out and pick up this book by fellow Bookanista Beth Revis immediately! And then give it to your parents to read.

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8 Responses

  1. I’ve been anxious to read this book since reading the first chapter late last fall. Awesome awesome.
    And I like your feature at the bottom of your entry, where you list what other Bookanistas are reading.

  2. Brilliant review! You pointed to all the things I loved best. I was so surprised by some things–that’s hard to do for a writer.

  3. Great review! I’ve been seeing this book cover pop up across the blogosphere, but didn’t really know what it was about. Now that I do, I can’t wait to check it out!

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