Monday, April 2, 2012

Review: A Million Suns by Beth Revis

Title: A Million Suns
Author: Beth Revis
Publisher: Razorbill
Publish Date: January 10, 2012
Genre: YA, sci-fi
Pages: 322 (ebook)
Series: Across the Universe #2
1. Across the Universe (review)
2. A Million Suns
3. Shades of Earth (expected pub January 2013)

Godspeed was fueled by lies. Now it is ruled by chaos.
It's been three months since Amy was unplugged. The life she always knew is over. And everywhere she looks, she sees the walls of the spaceship Godspeed. But there may just be hope: Elder has assumed leadership of the ship. He's finally free to enact his vision - no more Phydus, no more lies.

But when Elder discovers shocking news about the ship, he and Amy race to discover the truth behind life on Godspeed. They must work together to unlock a puzzle that was set in motion hundreds of years earlier, unable to fight the romance that's growing between them and the chaos that threatens to tear them apart.

In book two of the Across the Universe trilogy, New York Times bestselling author Beth Revis mesmerizes us again with a brilliantly crafted mystery filled with action, suspense, romance, and deep philosophical questions. And this time it all builds to one mind-bending conclusion: They have to get off this ship.

Wow oh wow oh wow! So much happens in this book! I was not prepared for everything that went down. Amy is trying to come to terms with the fact that Elder unplugged her and that she’s officially stuck on the ship for the rest of her life. While Elder is trying to establish himself as Eldest of the ship and attempting to make the decisions he feels are best for everyone on the ship. None of these things is easy.

I loved falling back into life on Godspeed. Learning how to live there, struggling with Elder and Amy and reconnecting with all the other characters. The ship is very chaotic now that everyone is off of Phydus. Some are embracing it, while others don’t know what to do with the feelings they can now feel. And then people start dying. And rebellion is in the air. I spent the whole time just wishing that Elder could get control of the people and that they’d learn to respect him and follow his lead. Especially because all the chaos just built a bigger rift between him and Amy.

I loved how all the events from Across the Universe really played a role in this book. Not in the way that the first in a series sets up the characters and their lives, but the events themselves actually carried over. For example, Amy’s run-in with Luthe in the field, Orion’s plan for the ship, Harley’s and Kayleigh’s deaths, etc. Each thing plays an important role in the plot of A Million Suns. It couldn’t be read as a stand-alone, without having read book one first. And I liked that about it. It really seemed like a continuation of the story rather than a different storyline altogether.

After everything that happens in this book, I know that there’s still so much to come from the next. Shades of Earth is going to be full of new surprises and discoveries, and will push our favourite characters to their brink. I have no doubt that Beth Revis will hand us another novel that’s just as fantastic and gripping as the first two.

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