Friday, February 25, 2011
Reading level: Young Adult
Hardcover: 416 pages
Publisher: Razorbill (January 11, 2011)
A love out of time. A spaceship built of secrets and murder.
Seventeen-year-old Amy joins her parents as frozen cargo aboard the vast spaceship Godspeed and expects to awaken on a new planet, three hundred years in the future. Never could she have known that her frozen slumber would come to an end fifty years too soon and that she would be thrust into the brave new world of a spaceship that lives by its own rules.
Amy quickly realizes that her awakening was no mere computer malfunction. Someone-one of the few thousand inhabitants of the spaceship-tried to kill her. And if Amy doesn't do something soon, her parents will be next.
Now Amy must race to unlock Godspeed's hidden secrets. But out of her list of murder suspects, there's only one who matters: Elder, the future leader of the ship and the love she could never have seen coming.
This book really surprised me. I expected great things from Beth Revis, and there was a lot of hype surrounding this book, I had no doubt it would good. It was better than good. I don't read sci-fi. I have never in my life ever felt the desire to pick up a sci-fi novel, or a space opera or anything of the sort, and I expected ATU to fall into one of those categories. Maybe it does, I wouldn't know, but it certainly wasn't what I expected a "sci-fi" novel to be. ATU is a mix of sci-fi and dystopian. It has a great cast of characters, an intriguing plot, and a scary setting that made me want to step outside for a breath of fresh air.
And the cover is beautiful! You can flip it inside out for a map of the ship! I read an interview with Beth Revis and she said she'd pictured the ship from Futurama while she was creating Godspeed, which I found very funny.
Hope you enjoy!
***If you missed this week's Contest Monday post, Valerie is giving away ATU with a signed book plate as part of her Back from Branson Giveaway!***