Quick post on this one. I finished it a few weeks ago, but haven't had a chance to post until now.
I had read reviews of this book online and just had to have this one. It lived up to all the hype. I'm usually not a huge fan of very sci-fy-y books, but this one was awesome. I was hooked from the first chapter when I read about just how people got cryogenically (sp?) frozen. It was crazy and creepy.
So the basic story is that Amy is a young girl whose parents are going to be frozen and put on a ship to travel through the universe for 300 years. Along with many other people from all careers and jobs from military to science, they are going to find a new planet and see what natural resources this new land can have. It's a risk, but really exciting. Amy decides to be frozen too, so she can stay with her parents. It's a hard decision, but she wants to be with her family.
Elder is our other narrator and main character. He is sort of a leader-in-training for the ship, Godspeed. He takes lessons from Eldest, the current leader of the ship.
These two characters meet when Amy is unfrozen 50 years early. Someone unplugged her and she is lucky she was found. She could have died. She can't be refrozen, and her parents can be unfrozen because they are so key to the mission....so now she'll be older than her parents when the ship finally lands.
She turns to Elder and tries to figure out what to do. However, once she starts to see how people are living on the ship, she is concerned. The ways of life on this ship are nothing at all like the life she led.
Think about how much our country changed in two hundred and fifty years....well, that's how long the ship has been on its mission, so needless to say, things have changed....but you will be shocked to see how these people live. Eldest is quite a leader and has everything under his control. Elder finds out that Eldest hasn't exactly been very honest, either, about how things on the ship work. If Elder is going to be leader one day, he needs more information, but Eldest won't give it to him.
This book really drew me in. I don't want to say too much because I don't want to give anything away, but I will tell you that this story twists and turns and really shocks you. At first I couldn't believe some of the things I read, but then I almost started to understand why Eldest acted the way he did.
Anyway, I think if you like a good adventure or sci-fi story, this is definitely for you. But it's not crazy science-fiction, it's very now and cool. I highly recommend this read to guys and girls. It's got something for everyone. I was extremely disappointed to find out that it's the first book in a trilogy. I already can't wait for the next book A Million Suns to arrive in 2012.