I would just like to mention that today is the 17th anniversary of the start of the Rwandan genocide. The people of Rwanda continue to tug on my heart and memory.
Back to the usual business: This is a series wherein I will discuss whatever book I’m reading or have just finished. Feel free to post in the comments what you’re reading or your own thoughts about the books I discuss.
Across the Universe by Beth Revis
This genre-bending novel combines science fiction, mystery, romance and dystopian.
Amy and her parents are cryogenically frozen to be carried on a spaceship and believe they will wake on a new planet three hundred years in the future. But 50 years before the spaceship’s scheduled landing, Amy is violently woken from her frozen slumber.
Now she is caught inside a tiny world led by a tyrant, and aided by his teenage heir, Elder. Amy desperately wants to trust Elder, but should she put her faith in a boy who has never seen life outside the ship’s cold metal walls? All Amy knows is that she and Elder must race to unlock the spaceship’s secrets before whoever woke her tries to kill again. (The above two paragraphs are a paraphrased version of the inside flap.)
The story is told in alternating chapters by Amy and Elder, is well-written and suspenseful, and has epic qualities.
My husband is a huge sci-fi fan, but I am not. So the mere idea of reading this book filled me with a mix of emotions. I wanted to like it, for his sake and because I’d followed Beth Revis’s journey online (and she once made really awesomely complimentary comments about an anonymous excerpt of Kwizera). But…I’m not a sci-fi fan. I don’t read science fiction. I don’t watch science fiction on TV and in movies.
Let me not keep anyone in suspense for any longer than necessary. I loved it! As I said above, the book was written well and kept me in suspense. The suspense didn’t just come from the alternating chapters, it flowed naturally from the narrative. The clues were doled out perfectly, and there was a final twist that I wondered about at one point and then promptly forgot as I got lost again in the story. The science seemed solid – to my unscientific mind – but didn’t overwhelm the story either.
A great mix of genres, a great story. Go read it!