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A Million Suns

A Million Suns (Across the Universe #2)
Beth Revis
Young Adult – Science Fiction
Razorbill
January 10th, 2012
Advanced Reader Copy

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.

General Comments

I once described Across The Universe as beautiful in every way. I also vowed that I’d recommend it to anyone. Now, I describe A Million Suns as beautiful and utterly mind-blowing. Beth Revis manages to give us a sequel that does not disappoint, and even exceeds expectations. She has most definitely earned her books a place on my favourite books of all time list.

Critical Review

Author’s Voice/ POV:

Now the author used the first person POV, present tense, and multiple perspectives. Sounds like a lot. Sounds like it’s hard to pull off. But Beth Revis makes it seem effortless. I found myself falling into her characters’ minds from the first words, I found their feelings and their opinions surrounding me, and I felt myself being caught up in the story that it simply flew by.

Characters:

Elder was brilliant. In this second book he has assumed leadership of the Godspeed and it’s not easy. He’s constantly struggling, he’s being sabotaged, and he’s snapping under the pressure. At the same time we see how genuinely in love with Amy he is. We see how much he cares for the ship and for its people and how far he’s willing to go to help them even if they can’t see it and even if Amy doesn’t like it. He’s not perfect, we know it and he knows it, but he does the best he can. Always.

Amy is battling her own personal demons in this book. She doesn’t feel safe on the Godspeed mainly because most people see her as a freak and now that they’re all freely thinking for themselves violence has been a reality. She feels trapped on the ship, she longs to see her parents, to see the sky, to feel grass. She will do anything to get off, anything to land, even if it means acting on the advice of one of the people she hates the most. She displays a bravery and a determination that is enviable for most of the story until near the end when she is forced to deal with one of the men she hates the most. I felt that all of that crumbled away as she reverted to a more immature state, which could be understandable but I really thought was inconsistent and a bit forced.

Storyline/ Plot:

In this sequel to Across The Universe, life and order on the Godspeed is crumbling. Elder has assumed leadership but he refuses to use the Phydus to control the people and suddenly they are thinking for themselves but with free thought comes the disintegration of social order. Amy is facing her own battles and in her hope to get off the ship she devotes all her energy to following clues to discover Godspeed’s greatest secret. Can Amy and Elder ever really be together despite their differences in opinion and priorities? Will they figure out who’s trying to undermine Elder’s rule? Can the ship survive long enough to make it to Centauri-Earth? The suspense and the mystery are amazingly well handled.

Other:

So I’m going to give you guys the exact excerpt from my personal notes:

“OMG!!! Halfway through the book and EPIC MINDBLOW! Did not see that coming.”

Yes, those were my exact thoughts as I read the book and came across the big ‘secret’. Literally, I couldn’t have possibly imagined that that was the secret being kept hidden. Never. Not in a million years. Wow.

Rating Conclusion

Five out of five stars!!! Honestly, this was a brilliant book. Some sequels, while good, fail to meet expectations but not A Million Suns. It was consistently engaging and beautifully written with wonderful characters. I really couldn’t have asked for anything more.

You guys so need to read this book!

Kris.

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