In the very near future, the economy is bad and things on Earth aren't looking so good.* Amy's scientist parents have been recruited to go on a mission to a far distant planet, but it will take a while to get there, so they will be cryogenically frozen for 350 years. Amy's dad gives her the option to back out and live out her life on earth with other family members, her boyfriend, etc. But Amy decides to be frozen, too, because she is a daddy's girl.
And then she wakes up. And guess what? They're not at the new planet yet! Turns out, there is a whole weird civilization onboard this giant ship, and somebody is going around unplugging (and killing) the frozen scientists--and also Amy (but she doesn't die). She meets a boy named Elder, and surprise suprise, a romance is born.
Pros: Murder mystery in space is good. And so booktalk-able.
Cons: Even I figured out who the murderer was, and I'm terrible at stuff like that. Also, the Amy-Elder romance didn't work for me AT ALL. I think mainly because I didn't really buy Elder as a character.
Recommended for: I'm not really sure who this book is for. I think romance and mystery fans would both be disappointed. It does have certain elements of dystopian sci fi (what doesn't these days?), so I guess this is really for the sci fi fans. Though I doubt a boy would read it with that cover. Which is misleading, because believe me, the romance is so not the highlight of this book.
*Linked to Amazon because the Powell's site is down right now.