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.
I have heard SO many good things about this book and have been meaning to read it for ages. And since I recently wrote a sci-fi book myself (I soo need to finish those revisions!) I was eager to read this. And I really enjoyed it. It didn't knock my socks off, though, and I'm not totally sure why that is. I mean, it was interesting, and I loved reading about the dynamics of ship life and discovering all the lies that have been kept from Elder, but it felt like there was a disconnect between me and the main characters. I liked them, but never really felt like I was part of their world (I think I'm going to dub this the window effect, in that I'm looking through a window into their world, rather than "being" there). It may just be me, but I really wanted to feel more into the characters and I just *wasn't*. Anyhow, I do plan on checking out the next book in the series, mainly because I'm curious more about the ship than anything else :)
What did you think of this one? Did it knock your socks off? Am I nuts that it wasn't all that I hoped it would be?