Amy has been placed in suspended animation with her parents so they can travel the vast reaches of space to reach their new home on Centauri – Earth. But what happens if you are awoken early and discover that the crew of the Godspeed that has been tasked with getting you there are not exactly what you expected. Such is the plot of the book by Beth Revis’s Across the Universe. This is part of a trilogy and all three books are out so you can just go from one to the other in one seamless read. Don’t you just hate it when you have to wait for the author to actually write the next book? … (I’m looking at you George R.R. Martin) OK I guess I’m getting too used to living in a selfie world. Sigh …
While the premise of the book (space travel using suspended animation) is not new, the idea of being piloted by mortal crews (which after just a couple of generations) have no roots to earth, is a good concept to explore. You quickly realize that the goals of the crew and those in suspended animation may no longer be congruent. I really enjoyed all three of these books. It was a fun look at the actual problems you would encounter in deep space travel. The action was good, the love story was pretty strong (but not deeply compelling) and the tension was maintained throughout the trilogy.
The second book is A Million Suns and the third book is Shades of Earth. I enjoyed all three as they each presented a different set of challenges for the protagonist.
The tag line for this book was “What does take it to survive on board a spaceship fueled by lies?” That sums up the story line pretty well. It is really more of a thriller than a YA love story which is what many expected based on the original cover that was released (see above). I know this might not be everyone’s cup of tea, but at NAA, we enjoy all things related to space. This depicts one way to travel the universe (although not how NAA thinks it will happen) and exposes the kinds of things that could go wrong on such a journey. The role of the “Eldest” who controls the ship was fascinating and just a bit like what happened in the Lord of the Flies when civilization had to be reinvented by a small group of people far from organized society.
NAA gives this book 4 stars out of 5. If you like Sci Fi thrillers, this series is a fun place to spend some time. Just be warned, it might get just a little claustrophobic.