Beth Revis picks up her space tale three months later where Across The Universe left off. Orion is still frozen, Amy is still a freak and Elder is trying to figure out how to be a leader. The drugs have worn off the population and the results are not good. It is chaos aboard Godspeed and many question Elder’s ability to lead. Many want to be back on the drugs because life is just too terrifying without them. The characters have been established in the first book, so this story gets running with a fantastic mystery and is very plot driven. Orion left clues for Amy. Since she came from a planet he thinks she is the best to make a decision what to do next. Godspeed is not in great shape. Eldest kept a big secret from the rest of the crew and inhabitants. Once Amy finds enough clues one of them will have to venture outside the ship to see what is right in front of them. Amy is confused by her feelings for Elder as they grow more intense. I felt this book flew by, it was so exciting and I couldn’t wait to find out what would happen next. I felt this was even more of a page turner than the first book, which was also awesome! I am dying to read the conclusion to the trilogy, Shades of Earth, which will be published in January 2013. Ugh! I don’t want to wait a whole year!! For a cool diagram of Godspeed, check out this link.
Some ideas for discussing with teens:
Amy doesn’t want to be with Elder just because they are the only two teens. Discuss. Why do you think people get together? Should Amy & Elder be together?
Talk about what happens when the feeders are off the drugs. Which was better and why? Would you choose?
Discuss the differences between Elder and Orion.
If you had the choice to remain on the ship or go to a planet, which would you choose?
Why do you think Doc did what he did?
What do you expect they will find on the planet?