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ACROSS THE UNIVERSE
Genre: Young Adult, Science Fiction
Revis’ debut starts with a bang and quickly shoots to the stars from there. Told in alternating first-person, the story draws readers into the lives of those trapped on a spaceship desperate to reach their new home. It is Amy, though, who shines — readers will have no trouble connecting to this heroine who is out of her time, her element and possibly her mind.
Amy’s family is chosen to help colonize a new planet. But that means spending the next 200-plus years frozen as their ship makes the perilous journey across space to a habitable planet. Meanwhile, a society lives and, well, not quite thrives, onboard the spaceship. Then the unthinkable happens and someone thaws Amy 50 years too early. As she meets Elder — the only other teen on the ship, who is destined to someday rule — Amy discovers a nefarious underbelly to her new reality. (RAZORBILL, Jan., 400 pp., $17.99, ISBN: 9781595143976, HC, 12 & Up)
Reviewed By: Faygie Levy
Published: January 2011