Title: Across the Universe
Author: Beth Revis
Genre: Science Fiction; Dystopian-ish; Young Adult
Prior to boarding the spaceship Godspeed, Amy and her parents are cryogenically frozen. They are to be reanimated in 300 years when the ship arrives at Centauri-Earth. But someone wakes Amy up early. She befriends Elder, the future leader of the ship. When the two try to figure out who is killing the other “frozens,” they find themselves uncovering lies older than they could have imagined.
Okay. I really liked this book. I couldn’t put it down. I’m already reading the sequel. But, when Ben asked me about it, I gave him a 45-minute rant about how I didn’t believe the logistics of it. For example:
- The ship is scheduled to take 300 years to travel to the new planet. There are people living on the ship. People are progressing, inventing things, and changing government structures. Are scientists and leaders who were frozen 300 years before really going to be helpful when they land? That would be like us using Louis XIV, Adam Smith, or Edward Jenner to make our political, economic, and scientific decisions.
- People die in their 60s. The generation that is in their 20s is supposed to land on the planet in 49 years. Um.
- Amy runs a 12 minute mile and she wants to WIN the NYC marathon? Really?
But despite these logical flaws, I still adored this book. Which should tell you that I REALLY liked it: so much so that I am willing to ignore logic. And I hate ignoring logic.
That’s all you really need to know.