Monday, January 17, 2011

2011 book 22

Beth Revis' Across the Universe
I don't usually read straight-up sci-fim but this was getting a fair amount of buzz, and turned out to be better than the tagline on the back would have you think ("Titanic meets Brave New World"--really? That's terrible in every way. And inaccurate). So teenage Amy's parents are important military scientist types, and she goes along when they get cryogenically frozen to go on a spaceship that'll travel for 300 years and then colonize a new planet. Only Amy gets unplugged after 250 years and finds herself in a very strange spaceship society. Her counterpart is teenager Elder, being groomed to take leadership by the current mysterious (and possibly crazy) leader. When another frozen person gets unplugged and dies, the two teenagers have to figure out who's the murderer, and also try and solve the mysteries of the spaceship. The killer is way too easy to guess, as is the twist at the end, and I generally found the end unsatisfying, but it's an interesting book I guess. B.

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