“What does it take to survive
aboard a spaceship fueled by lies?”
Across the Universe is a dystopian science-fiction romance where nothing as it seems and the only person you can truly trust is yourself. Author Beth Revis has created a book both beautiful and horrifying, and amidst the stars and the confusing-yet-wonderful bloom of first love, you’ll find blood and horrors that tap directly into the subconscious and just know how to make you cringe.
The book is told from the first-person points-of-view of the two main characters. Amy, a cryogenically-frozen teenaged girl from ‘Sol-Earth’ who finds herself abruptly awoken fifty years early and thrown into a world so different from her own that she can’t even fathom how to adjust, and Elder, the ever-questioning heir to the Godspeed’s all-knowing dictator (Eldest).
Eldest is hiding something. Hiding a lot of somethings, actually. Elder’s absolutely positive of this. And since his father-figure and teacher won’t tell him a thing, Elder’s determined to find the truth on his own… And one such truth leads him to Amy and the other hundred-or-so Sol-Earth men and women frozen in a secret level on the bottom of the ship, cargo to be dethawed once they reach their destination: Centauri-Earth, the decided location of the first human colony outside of the solar system.
And Elder’s fascinated by her. In a ship where carefully-regulated breeding has rid the two-thousand residents of all racial differences, a pale girl with hair like a sunset is both foreign and beautiful to him.
Meanwhile, Amy’s wake-up call wasn’t an accident. In fact, if Elder hadn’t come along and rescued her, it would have been murder. It’s the first in a string of attempted (or even successful) murders on the Sol-Earth humans, two of which are are her parents, an important scientist and a high-up military man, and the reasons she came on board the Godspeed to begin with. And on top of that, Amy’s appearance and her way of thinking sets her apart from almost everyone on the ship… And Eldest doesn’t like that. “The first cause of discord is difference,” he tells Elder a number of times, and Eldest will do just about anything to keep discord off of his ship.
Side characters include Harley, a psych-ward friend of Elder’s who loves to paint and boost people’s spirits but has a few demons of his own, and Doc, the primary doctor on the Godspeed and an ally of Elder’s… At least, Elder’s pretty sure he is.
Across the Universe carries the readers through each page with many, many questions burning for answers. Can Amy find her place in this foreign steel-walled world? Can she learn to trust Elder, despite his connection to Eldest? Will Elder uncover the truth he seeks? And can the two of them find a way to stop the murders before it’s too late?