Monday, January 14, 2013

As They Slip Away by Beth Revis

Genre:  YA Science Fiction
Across the Universe Series, Book 0.5

Description (taken from Goodreads):
Taking place on the spaceship Godspeed before Amy Martin wakes up and Elder takes leadership, this novella describes life at the Hospital during Eldest's reign. Focusing primarily on background characters, readers will see fan-favorite characters Harley, Orion, Victria, and more.

Selene is a singer on a spaceship that only values people who can provide important skills that enhance survival. As her friends--fellow "loons" in the Hospital--start to join apprenticeships to turn their skills into valuable labor, Selene is sent with a handful of other students to learn about the importance of art from the Recorder, Orion. The assignment pairs her with a young sculptor, Luthor, and their dangerous romance proves just how terrifying living trapped on a spaceship under the rule of a heartless dictator could be.

This tragic tale explores the background of a previously unknown character, linking the history of the ship and its residents to Amy and Elder, giving depth to the world of Godspeed.

Woah...  This is a very short novella, but it is super emotional.  It gives more background knowledge to the ship, Godspeed.  And we also get a feel of what life is like for its crew.  However, it's too short (like all novellas).

I finished reading this book with a sour taste in my mouth.  Having your actions and self-worth be weighed against what you can do for the ship is awful.  My rights to live and be happy shouldn't be any less than another person's just because that person is smarter and can contribute more.  Agh, this book got a strong reaction from me.

But I finished it wanting to know more about these side characters.  Beth Revis could probably write a whole new series from Harley or Kayleigh's point of view.  Granted if she wrote something from Luthor's point of view, I would probably burn the novel before ever reading it....

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