Across the UniverseBook - 2011
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sarahbru17 thinks this title is suitable for 16 years and over
white_nightingale_29 thinks this title is suitable for between the ages of 11 and 25
SophieNagyfej thinks this title is suitable for between the ages of 11 and 14
BlueJellybean thinks this title is suitable for between the ages of 13 and 99
Sexual Content: Near-rape scene. A lot of sex going on because of hormonal influences on the ship.
Coarse Language: Common swear words, including a very creative 'future version' of the f-word created by the author.
Frightening or Intense Scenes: Peril throughout the book, elderly are euthanized like animals, and population treated like simpletons, even though they are. In addition, the book's plot revolves around a string of murders and a character is almost raped.
Sexual Content: Graphic scene where a character is almost raped (gets away just, literally, seconds before) and due to hormones in water people mate in the streets like animals. Not for children.
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Amy has been cryogenically frozen for centuries with her family as they make the long voyage to colonize a new planet. Elder is the young leader-in-training on the generation ship that has housed Amy, her family and the rest of the colonists for 250 years. The ship is more than a vessel - it's a whole society of people, kept peaceful and productive under the absolute rule of Eldest. But then someone wakes Amy up 50 years too early. Her presence alone is enough to destabilize the carefully balanced society Eldest cultivates, but there's more -- the same person who woke her is killing more of the cryogenically frozen colonists. Who is this unknown murderer and why would they jeopardize the ship's 300-year mission? Well, maybe you'll be able to find out, dear reader, because I could not finish this boring hunk of drivel.
Amy was born on Earth, sometime in the not-so-distant-future. The world is on the verge of an economic collapse and a ship christened Godspeed has been sent across the universe to a planet names Centauri-Earth in the hopes that people will be able to colonize this planet. The voyage is supposed to take 300 years and so a group of scientists and military personnel are frozen before the voyage begins. These people will be awakened when the ship reaches its destination and will colonize it. Amy's parents were chosen to be frozen and sent on this journey. Amy goes with them as one of the few nonessential passengers stowed in the cargo bay for 300 years.
But she is woken up abruptly, 50 years before she is supposed to. The ship is now ruled by Eldest, a cruel but efficient dictator who controls those aboard the ship by lying to and sedating them. She becomes friends with Eldest's teenage son and heir, Elder, and the two try to figure out who woke her up, and why. ---See my full review here: http://throughthebookvine.blogspot.com/2011/03/across-universe.html
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