Saturday, October 20, 2012

Review: A Million Suns by Beth Revis (Across the Universe #2)


Title: A Million Suns by Beth Revis
Published: January 10th, 2012 by Razorbill
Source: Library
Format: Hardcover
Challenge(s):  Support Local Library
Grade rate:  A

Godspeed was once 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. Everywhere she looks, she sees the walls of the spaceship Godspeed.

But there may be hope: Elder has assumed leadership of the ship. He's finally free to act on his vision—no more Phydus, no more lies.

But when Elder learns shocking news about the ship, he and Amy race to discover the truth behind life on Godspeed. They must work together to unlock a mystery that was set in motion hundreds of years earlier. Their success—or failure—will determine the fate of the 2,298 passengers aboard Godspeed. But with each step, the journey becomes more perilous, the ship more chaotic, and the love between them more impossible to fight.

Beth Revis catapulted readers into the far reaches of space with her New York Times bestselling debut, Across the Universe. In A Million Suns, Beth deepens the mystery 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.

My Review

Wow!  I think I like A Million Suns more than Across the Universe!  It’s a book full of mystery and discovery and I loved it.

As you know, usually book two of a series is full of ‘fluff’, but not in this case.  Orion is still causing trouble, and I have to agree, albeit reluctantly, that he is a genius for some things.  The plot in this book is nothing short of amazing.  It is well planned and complicated, full of twists and turns.  As with Across the Universe, this installment is also told in alternating point s of view; I’m a big fan of this style because the reader can get a better insight of the characters and be in more than one place at a time.  I think this is extremely important, as Elder and Amy’s points of view are so different. 

Ms. Revis imagination knows no limits!  I love all the secrets that Godspeed and its inhabitants have kept for so long (some altogether forgotten).  What was done to all these people is quite infuriating to me, but after seeing how they reacted to the truth, I’m not sure that I would have made the same decisions.  I mean, why revel when you are literally ‘stuck’ inside a ship? 

Elder grew so much after he assumed a leadership role.  I which that he had more experience and that Amy would have helped him more to understand the benefits of a democracy.  I think that if some of the people had been included in the decisions, a lot of grief (and death) would have been avoided.  Overall, Elder did the best he could.  On the other hand, I don’t know what’s up with Amy.  She is so reluctant to act upon her feelings, and instead of living in the ‘now’ she insists of living in the past (comparing everything to her life on Earth) or thinking on a future when her parents are once more functional.  I think she could have been a great help to Elder, but no one gave her a chance, not even herself. However, Amy is probably as smart as Orion, since she could figure out his clues.

I didn’t see the end coming!  Seriously, this book has many controversial and some hateful characters, but I didn’t expect the ending AND it was a big cliffhanger for me.  I cannot wait to get my hands on Shades of Earth!

About the cover: So beautiful! I love the couple, the sense of being ‘trapped’ in a bubble looking out to the huge universe outside.  The colors and both mysterious and soothing. 

Have you read this book?  Do you like sci-fi?  

6 comments:

  1. I loved this book too!

    About the ending... I had thought about that when I was still reading Across the Universe, but it left me breathless anyway! I finished reading it and immediately wished Shades of Earth was out already lol

    Maeva
    Murphy's Library

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  2. I haven't read this book yet, or the first book! I'm a big sci-fi fan though and I've heard a lot of great things about this so I guess I should go and get myself a copy :)

    - Ellie @ The Selkie Reads Stories

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  3. Okay, you've basically convinced me to pick up a copy of this way sooner than I expected to! I wasn't crazy about Across the Universe, but now I've read your review, I'm pretty sure I'm going to love A Million Suns way, way more! Great review!

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  4. I loved this book a lot more than Across the Universe as well! It just felt more exciting and since everything had already been set up there wasn't pages worth wasting time explaining how everything worked, like it was in the first book.

    Ohh I was shocked with the ending too. I'm dying to read Shades of Earth!

    What's your opinion on the new covers?

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    1. Me too! The space-y covers are pretty. But I do understand why they changed covers and the new ones to look like they would appeal to males as well as females. Still, now my books won't match :(

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