Title: Across the Universe
Authors: Beth Revis
Star Rating: * * *
Genre: Young Adult Sci-Fi/Dystopia
Amy must make a choice. Does she chose to follow her parents into space, leaving behind everything she has ever known, or does she abandon her parents forever and stay on Earth? As she watches both her mother and father undergo the painful process of being cryogenically frozen, she decides to take the huge risk and sacrifice of joining the generational ship, Godspeed, heading to another planet on a 350 year journey.
Several hundred years later, Elder, the next leader of the generational ship, starts to realise that there is a lot more for him to learn about the secrets of the ship and its people. One of the most major questions he has is why are there dozens of frozen individuals on a secret deck of the ship?
The plot begins when Amy is mysteriously unfrozen, a process that almost kills her, fifty years before the ship is scheduled to reach the new planet. Elder can’t help but want to spend time with this strange new woman, and she challenges his insular beliefs about society and leadership with information about the history of Earth.
When more cryogenically frozen individuals start being murdered, Amy and Elder must work together to figure out who is carrying out these terrible crimes and why. While doing so, not only do they discover some horrific truths about the ship, but they are forced to challenge the foundational beliefs underlying the unique society that has arisen on Godspeed.