Across the Universe

It seems only appropriate that I’m writing this post as I’m watching Star Wars (the original trilogy, not the less-than-awesome prequels).  Across the Universe by Beth Revis is a truly astounding piece of science fiction that brings to mind such epic stories as those in Star Wars and Star Trek–voyages of discovery that illuminate what makes a leader who he or she is and how much humans can endure for the promise of a better tomorrow.  (If it’s not clear already, I’ll go ahead and tell you that I put A  LOT of thought into science fiction.)  The characters in Across the Universe are completely relatable despite the centuries that separate them from the Earth we know and love.  They look at their surroundings and wonder if there is something more for them…and sometimes they learn that “something more” is not always something better.

In Across the Universe, we meet Amy and Elder.  Both are passengers aboard Godspeed, a spaceship headed for a planet similar to Earth, but these two passengers are very different.  Amy was cryogenically frozen before Godspeed even launched, and she’s been in a dreamlike state for centuries.  Elder, however, was born on the ship, and he’s in line to be the next leader of Godspeed and all of its inhabitants.  How could these two teenagers, who are seemingly different in every way, possibly be connected?  Well, dear readers, that is where our mystery begins.

When Amy is unfrozen fifty years ahead of schedule, the first face she sees upon waking is Elder’s.  She doesn’t know where she is, and, more importantly, she doesn’t know why she was unfrozen and left to die.  Why her?  And does Elder have something to do with her predicament?  Just who is this boy who will one day lead this ship?  And does he know more than he is telling her?

Elder is fascinated by Amy.  On a ship where everyone looks the same, her flaming red hair is like a beacon of light to Elder.  He wants to learn everything about her.  Unfortunately, Eldest, the current leader of Godspeed–and a tyrannical megalomaniac–sees Amy as an unwanted distraction.  He knows she is nothing but trouble.  After all, difference is one of the primary causes of discord, and Amy is different from everyone else aboard the ship.  But Elder does everything in his power to protect Amy, and, while he’s at it, he discovers that Eldest is keeping some pretty big secrets from him.  How can he lead this ship one day if the current leader is hiding what’s really going on, particularly when it comes to keeping iron control of the ship’s inhabitants?

Elder and Amy must also figure out who is thawing and, in some cases, killing those who have been cryogenically frozen.  What is so important about these people that someone wants them dead?  Why was Amy so important?  Is Eldest responsible for this, or is someone else, an unknown entity, sending a message through these activities?  What is happening aboard Godspeed, and can Amy and Elder find out and stop it before the entire ship self-destructs?  Find out when you read Across the Universe by Beth Revis.

Across the Universe is science fiction at its finest.  It provides readers with a glimpse of what our future could possibly look like (and it’s kind of terrifying).  I thoroughly enjoyed this book, especially the big revelation at the end.  (No, I’m not going to tell you what it is.)  If you enjoyed books like The Adoration of Jenna Fox or The Comet’s Curse, I think you’ll find another winner in Across the Universe.

Across the Universe is the first book in a trilogy.  (Pause while jumping for joy.)  The second book, A Million Suns, is scheduled for release in 2012, and the third book, currently untitled, will come out in 2013.  For more information on this amazing series, including a blueprint of Godspeed, visit http://acrosstheuniversebook.com/#!/home.  I hope you enjoy this journey as much as I did!

The Comet’s Curse

Well, thanks to the network being down at school today, I have my second post of the day.  (Honestly, I enjoy it when the network is down.  It’s so quiet, and I get A LOT of reading done.)  Here goes…

I have found a new series to love.  By now it should be fairly obvious that I’m into science fiction and fantasy.  (Reality’s not really my thing.)  My latest read falls firmly into the science fiction category, and I thoroughly enjoy it.  It’s Dom Testa’s The Comet’s Curse, the first book in a new series about 251 teenagers charged with saving mankind.  Anyone who works with teenagers should be able to tell you that this concept is most definitely science FICTION, but it’s an awesome read.

After the tail of a comet goes through Earth’s atmosphere, things begin to get weird.  People over the age of 18 begin getting sick and dying.  The sickness is not localized to one region, and people have differing symptoms.  Eventually, scientists discover that a deadly disease was transmitted into Earth’s atmosphere in the tail of the comet.  No one knows why young people are not becoming ill, and no one seems to be able to find a cure.

With humanity slowly dying away, an innovative man, Dr. Zimmer, comes up with the idea to select the best and brightest young people and send them on a giant spaceship to another planet similar to Earth.  He sees this as the only way to save the human race.  And he may be right.  With this brilliant idea, Galahad is born.  Galahad is a ginormous spaceship which houses 251 teenagers, agricultural domes, super-secret storage units, a soccer field, an airboarding arena, a kind of snarky super computer, and enough resources to sustain the teenage crew for five years on the ship and through their settlement on their new planet.

Seems kind of simple, right?  No?  Well, you’re right.  It’s not that simple.  See, someone has apparently stowed away on this vessel.  This unknown entity wants to stop the crew and destroy the work it’s trying to accomplish.  It’s up to a bunch of teenagers to stop this person before this entire mission goes kaput.

Of course, I’m not going to tell you what happens, but I will say that I’m eagerly anticipating the second book in the Galahad series, The Web of Titan.

Now, I must go escape into more wonderful weirdness.  Lost comes on in about fifteen minutes.