Across the Universe

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Across the Universe

Amy and her parents have signed up for a 300-year mission on the generation ship Godspeed, and while her parents are essential crew, Amy leaves her life behind to sleep for the entire journey and trust that she can build a new life with them on a new world. Several generations after Amy's decison to join her parents on the Godspeed, Elder is the leader-in-training of the Godspeed, soon to take over from his mentor Eldest, and he is not sure if he is ready to assume command. When Amy is accidentally unfrozen by an unknown saboteur, forty-nine years before planetfall, she becomes Elder's companion and fellow investigator, as they try to stop the saboteur from harming any more of the cryogenically frozen essential crew.

There are several mysteries at the heart of Across the Universe: who unfroze Amy, an act of attempted murder, and who has succeeded in killing two other "frozens"? What happened to the previous Elder, which necessitated a two-generation long leadership for the current Eldest? Why is the human history in the Recorder's Hall so different from the history that Amy remembers? Why are some of the crew members contented drones, and considered normal, while other crew members are brilliant scientists, engineers and artists, but considered mad? And just how far is the Godspeed from its destination? Amy and Elder try to determine the answer to each of these mysteries, and skilled mystery readers may determine who the saboteur is with certainty at the midpoint of the novel, but the author provides plenty of other mysteries and issues to chew on. With a touch of romance, an intrepid heroine and a hero just finding his feet, Beth Nevis has created a new take on the generational ship sci-fi drama which will appeal to both sci-fi and mystery fans.

Book Blurb for Across the Universe

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.

Night Owl Reviews Jun, 2011 4.00