A Million Suns by Beth Revis
Book Two of the Across the Universe Trilogy
Publication Date: January 10, 2012
Rating: 5 stars
Source: won a giveaway HERE
I won a signed copy of book from author C.J. Redwine's blog shortly after its release in early 2012, which was very exciting for me, because I thoroughly enjoyed Across the Universe. I was apprehensive, because of my high expectations, as well as because of the mysterious sophomore slump, in which sequels do not live up to their smashing starting novel. I have to say (and you can tell by my rating), A Million Suns exceeded my expectations and beyond - if I could give it more stars, I would.
Summary (because Amazon):
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. 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 act on his vision--no more Phydus, no more lies.
When Elder learns shocking news about the ship, he and Amy must 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 who remain aboard Godspeed. But with each step, the journey becomes more perilous, the ship more chaotic, and 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.
What I Liked:
First, it just gets more and more twisted as it goes! Ms. Revis knows how to spin a plot around and around to keep readers guessing! I do not want to mention specifics, but seriously, this book just kept getting better and better.
And for those of you that, like me, liked the small hints of romance in Across the Universe, and wanted to see more, you will. Amy and Elder do not do anything irresponsible (just saying), but their relationship changes dramatically, as Elder assumes the role of Eldest.
A fair warning: there is so much death in this book! Ms. Revis has no mercy! I am almost terrified to read Shades of Earth! But at the same time, I am so excited. The ending of A Million Suns was crazy! Trust me when I say, this book did NOT undergo the sophomore slump. Ms. Revis has created a masterpiece of a sequel.
What I Did Not Like:
Like I said in my review of Across the Universe, not much was there that I did not like. I was glad to see the alternating points of view still consistent throughout the novel. There is still no love triangle (YAY!). And the science part of science makes sense.
I guess a complaint I have is that I now own the pretty, shiny hardcover books of Across the Universe and A Million Suns, and Shades of Earth is that drab green. I hate it when publishers change the covers on readers, especially when there is only one book left in the series! And the paperback versions of Across the Universe and A Million Suns, with the ice blue and glowing yellow covers, respectively, are smaller than the original hardcovers, in terms of size of the actual book (not word or page count). That bothers me, because Shades of Earth will most likely be smaller as well. Which sucks, but I love this series, so I can deal with it.
Would I Recommend It:
Yes, yes, yes! It is so worth your time and money to continue this series, especially if you are a crazy science fiction fan like me, and if you are rooting for Amy and Elder as a couple, and as two people trying to find harmony in their small world.
5 stars (and more if I could give it more!)
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