by Beth Revis
"A love out of time. A spaceship built of secrets and murder.Review
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." (Goodreads)
You are given the plot that there is a murderer aboard the Godspeed - the ship that is currently traveling in Space towards a new planet for more than two centuries now. So when I started to read the book, I can't help but be suspicious of everyone. This is also what's running in the minds of Elder and Amy. Elder, the next leader of the ship, and Amy, who was unfrozen out of schedule. They both discover that nothing is what it seems in Godspeed, and it is built on lies.
One of my twilight zone fears is that being sucked into space or death by space walking. Anything that involves the idea of infinite space and no escape scenario. So just imagine me conquering such fear while reading this book. Not to mention I'm claustrophobic. Book about a manmade ship in space with a murderer on the loose? Throw it my way! In the end, what left me breathless is the kind of society in the story that is created in Godspeed; manipulated, controlled, and devoid traces of humanity such as emotions.
At one point whilst reading I remembered a part in Paolo Coelho's Veronika Decides to Die that there was a story of king who remained sane because he didn't drink the water from the well that caused his kingdom to go mental. But because he was the only person who was sane, he was the one considered mental by everyone else.
I loved the mystery vibe of the story. As I have mentioned before, everyone is suspicious - anyone can be the murderer. In a society of devoid of emotions, the way the characters expressed their emotions are heartbreaking. It's like seeing a multitude of colors, strewn across a black and white canvas.
Beth Revis takes on a story of love, friendship, what makes us human, and that twisted topic of truth and lies. And if you think murder is just the thing here, well...it is only the beginning.