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.
Across the universe is a book you’ll either love or hate. It’s not a bad book, but it’s very underwhelming. Much of the book is spent exploring the ship, and the plot often feels faraway. The characters aren’t really enough to drive the book forward, either. Instead, the book is stuck in a limbo until the end of the book where it suddenly jumps forward and into the action.
Told from the point of view of both Amy and Elder, Across the Universe takes its readers forward three hundred years in the future. The intricacies of the society on the ship, Godspeed, was engaging and well developed, if at times, eccentric.
If Across the Universe focussed solely on the society and character development, I think this book would have gone much smoother. The mystery aspect of the book was very shoddy, and I did not care about what happened. It was predictable and the ending left me feeling incredibly dissatisfied.
To make matters worse, most of the characters were uninteresting, aside from Orion and Harley. Amy and Elder could have both been replaced with a slab of cardboard and the book wouldn’t have changed that much. Elder’s sexual fascination with Amy was equally creepy and irritating. Amy had no defining characteristics at all, and I quickly grew bored with her as a protagonist.
Across the Universe was a decent read, with an interesting world and a few memorable characters. It’s definitely worth a read, as despite its length it flies by fairly quickly.