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Waiting on Wednesday: These Broken Stars

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I’ve thoroughly been enjoying my first few days of summer break!

Summer ReadingSo far I’ve been reading, lounging, napping, spending time with friends and running. Although, I haven’t been doing a whole lot of packing….but we can discuss that later! :p

For this week’s Waiting on Wednesday I’m pretty excited about These Broken Stars by Amy Kaufman and Meagan Spooner.  I know I already featured this book on the blog this past November, but the cover was recently released so I figured it was okay if I re showcased it…plus it’s my blog! I can do what I want right?! haha :p

It’s a night like any other on board the Icarus. Then, catastrophe strikes: the massive luxury spaceliner is yanked out of hyperspace and plummets into the nearest planet. Lilac LaRoux and Tarver Merendsen survive. And they seem to be alone.

Lilac is the daughter of the richest man in the universe. Tarver comes from nothing, a young war hero who learned long TheseBrokenStars ago that girls like Lilac are more trouble than they’re worth. But with only each other to rely on, Lilac and Tarver must work together, making a tortuous journey across the eerie, deserted terrain to seek help.

Then, against all odds, Lilac and Tarver find a strange blessing in the tragedy that has thrown them into each other’s arms. Without the hope of a future together in their own world, they begin to wonder—would they be better off staying here forever? Everything changes when they uncover the truth behind the chilling whispers that haunt their every step. Lilac and Tarver may find a way off this planet. But they won’t be the same people who landed on it.

The more YA I read, the more I realize how much I really enjoy YA sci-fi. These Broken Stars sounds like there is a little outer space romance involved between these Lilac and Tarver characters…which I which of course I won’t be complaining about! But I’m also intrigued by the survival-adventure aspect to it as well. So, with all that said, These Broken Stars is scheduled to release in December, so I guess I know what I’ll be adding to my Christmas Wish List!

What books are you waiting for this week?

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My Type of Sci-Fi: Across the Universe by Beth Revis

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Let me start by saying that I’m pretty much kicking butt in my personal goal for the 2012 YA Audiobook Challenge! I am participating in the Head Bangin’ Level which means I need to listen to 36+ YA audiobooks and review at least 24 of them.  I’m already on 19 reviews and it is still August!  Today’s review of Beth Revis’ Across the Universe is number 20!Across the Universe by Beth Revis

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.

Science Fiction is a genre I’m not used to saying I like yet.  I do like it, but I didn’t for so long because I think I always thought science fiction looked like this:

Now don’t get me wrong, some people may really enjoy this specific type of sci-fi which strange-looking space creatures and aliens interacting with humans, but it’s not my thing. I’m more into the humans in the future with really cool technology and/or living in space type of sci-fi, like this: Firefly

Across the Universe fits perfectly into my preferred type of sci-fi.  You have people living in the future on a spaceship, in…SPACE! Plus there is all sorts of cool technology, even if it is sometimes used unethically. I don’t want to give too much away, but the idea that people would choose to be cryogenically frozen in order to populate a new planet 200 years into the future is awesome. There is this whole underlying theme of genetics and ethical decisions with a tad bit of dystopian leadership thrown in. I actually find all of the genetic meddling that goes on throughout the story to be an incredibly realistic possibility for the future. Revis manages to pinpoint both the coolness and creepiness factors of genetic science and technology.

At its heart though, Across the Universe, is also your basic murder mystery. Someone is trying to kill the other frozen passengers on the ship and it’s up to Amy and Elder to figure out who is behind it all. The whole point of view switches between Amy and Elder add to the mystery surrounding the ship and what is actually happening on it.  You get a newcomer’s perspective as well as that of one who was born on the ship and is accustomed to its culture.

When it comes to Amy and Elder, both of them frustrated me at times.  I felt like despite what Elder knows about Eldest or how things are run on the ship, he is still so quick to believe what he already knows. But, I guess it is easier to go with what you know rather than the unknown.  And I sometimes wanted to tell Amy to listen to the people around her.  She often just does what she wants without thinking about the consequences and how they affect others. But without this device it can be hard to move a story along.  These flaws didn’t hinder my enjoyment of the book at all, I just wanted to point them out.

The sequel, A Million Suns, was released in January of this year, so I need to get my hands on it because I had fun listening to this one. In fact, I hope the same two narrators (one for Amy and one for Elder) also read for the second book.  Because of some sexual language and scenes referring to “The Season” (oh the infamous season!!) is definitely YA not MG and I’d only recommend Across the Universe to high school aged readers and those like me, who may be a little older!

Author: Beth Revis

Publisher: Penguin Audio (January 11, 2011)

Format: Audiobook

Length: 10 hrs and 11 mins

Narrator(s): Lauren Ambrose and Carlos Santos

Series: First in the Across the Universe series

YA/MG: YA

Buy the Book:  Across the Universe