Across the Universe by Beth Revis
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
I really liked Across the Universe, actually, more than I thought it would. I was sucked in my the gripping plot, the shocking twists and knee-buckling truths that made the lives and stories of Godspeed and her crew so riveting (and scary). I'm not big on romances but there were so many elements to this story that I was wholly occupied with trying to figure out the mysteries instead of gripping about why YA authors HAVE to add the 'love interest' angle into every story.
Admittedly, I did not like Amy. She got on my nerves not listening to people then getting mad when she got into trouble. But then, I began to see her as a bold, daring and courageous (and even a bit naive) young woman. She is a fast learner. More than Amy, I really liked Elder. To be so young (and naive) he was truly a leader in training. Unique. Raised to be a tough leader, ready to make the hard choices, he turns out to be more human than the whole lot.
The author showed (not told) just what living life trapped on a ship for centuries, cut off from your roots, heritage, civilization, history, and nature itself, can do to a group of people. Horrible things. Devastating things. But, good things can happen too. Like, Elder.
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