The story starts with Amy who, along with her parents, is being prepared to be cryogenically frozen for the next 300 years as they travel to a new planet. Her parents and the other adults on the ship all have special skills that will help to colonise this new planet, while Amy is a nonessential, just there because of her parents. There are also others on board the ship, Godspeed, who are not frozen but keeping the ship moving on it’s course. Elder is one of these people. He is the youngest person on the ship and the one chosen to lead the next generation. When Amy is violently woken 50 years before they are due to arrive on the new planet, she creates tension in Elder’s carefully ordered society. On a ship in the middle of space where everyone has the same skin and hair colour, similar features, and never questions the rules, Amy is not welcomed.Amy’s questions and Elder’s own discoveries lead them to uncover the lies that Eldest has been telling them all about the ship and their quest for Centauri-Earth.
Beth Revis leads you on a rollercoaster ride, with lots of unexpected twists and turns. Across the Universe has something for just about every reader – a dystopian society, science fiction, mystery, murder, and a touch of romance. It’s the first book in a new trilogy and I really can’t wait to read more. Get your hands on what is going to be one of the most talked about YA novels of 2011.