As They Slip Away: An Across the Universe Novella
Title: As They Slip Away: An Across the Universe Novella
Author: Beth Revis
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.
Wow. I just finished reading As They Slip Away, and that’s the only word I can think of. If you’re looking for something to read this weekend, this is it! It’s a 48 page novella in the Across the Universe series, the final book of which comes out in just a few days! You can download the novella for free and transfer it to your Kindle or Nook, or you can simply read it on the website.
The novella gives us a glimpse of both the most beloved character and the most despised character in the Across the Universe series. The story takes place through the eyes of Selene, whom we barely meet in the first novel before she is brutally raped and murdered. As They Slip Away is the tragic story of her beautiful voice and how it was stolen from her by Luthor.
Most importantly, As They Slip Away addresses a sad truth in our world: how rape is handled, or rather ignored. Practically nothing is done about Selene’s rape because the leaders–the men–of the ship view her as useless. It doesn’t matter that she’s a human being whose rights were violated and whose innocence was ripped away from her. All the leaders are concerned about is what value she can bring to the ship, and since all she can do is sing, which is useless aboard a spaceship where the population is drugged, Selene’s injustice is all but ignored.
I’m so glad Beth Revis released this the week before Shades of Earth comes out because it reminded me of a lot of the events in the previous two books, and now I can’t wait to find out what happens in the final novel!