A Million Suns by Beth Revis (Across the Universe #2)
Published Razorbill 2012
Genre: Young Adult Sci Fi
Format: Hardback from the library
The rest of this post will contain spoilers for the first book, Across the Universe. There will be NO spoilers for A Million Suns.
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.
This book picks up just where Across the Universe left us and it works beautifully like this. There is no ‘second book syndrome’ or lag just to get to the end of this trilogy. This book just has continuous mind blowing plot twists, piled one after the other. It’s an intense and crazy fun ride. The plot just thickens with this book. I loved the clues that Orion left Amy and how she was running around the ship trying to find all of them. It was so much fun to see where everything would take her and watching everything unfold – especially the huge ending! Elder’s problems controlling the ship, in mutiny, are also really great for his character development. We get to see him become a leader throughout the course of the book and that’s really fantastic. As always, the descriptions of the ship and space were so lifelike and real. Beth Revis was probably an astronaut in a past life.
Amy and Elder are both so much fun and I love getting both of their POVs. Amy had a huge growth in this book, taking her experience from Earth and combining that with her new skills aboard ship. She pushes herself in so many ways to adapt to her surroundings, although she may not always be okay with it. I loved her relationship with Elder and how much she questioned what she was doing and if they really were supposed to be together. It made it so much more real and I loved the conclusion she made in the end. Elder, as I said above, becomes the leader he is supposed to be in this book. He isn’t like Eldest, he’s rash and doesn’t think about possible downsides. Then again, he’s a sixteen year old boy in charge of a huge ship. His efforts are admirable and in the end, he finds a scale of leadership that he is comfortable with and watching the learning curve to get to that point is incredible. The topic of being a good leader is really well done in this book.
The ending, while I won’t spoil anything, just kept me so on edge. I think everything resolved really well and our mysterious villain made so much sense. I was only expecting it a little, but I didn’t know how all the pieces of the puzzle would fall together. This story just opened up so much more and I cannot wait for Shades of Earth!
Overall, I really enjoyed this book – maybe more than the first, which is rare for a trilogy! This is turning out to be a great series that I am really loving. Breathtaking writing, a mindtwisting plot, and lovable characters.