Monday, February 11, 2013

Review: A Million Suns by Beth Revis


Title: A Million Suns
Series: Across the Universe Series
Book #: Two
Author: Beth Revis 
Release Date: January 10, 2012
Source: Local Library 

My Rating: fullfullfullfullBlank
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. (taken from goodreads.com)
I read an ARC of Across the Universe roughly two years ago, so I was a bit worried that I wouldn't be able to remember important details when reading the sequel. Thankfully, Revis supplied enough clues to remind me of the general plot. I was immediately drawn back into the steel walls of Godspeed and immersed in the conspiracies and fears within the ship. I'd completely forgotten how original and captivating Revis' tale is. I am so pleased that I decided to return to this series, even if it did take me a while.

Like the first book, A Million Suns is told through Amy and Elder's alternating points of view. While this could be a bit confusing at times, Revis gave the two characters extremely different personalities to help the readers differentiate. Amy follows the somewhat overused stereotype of the stubborn, red-headed heroine who will never back down. Elder, on the other hand, fascinated me more. I found him to be a deeper character- he struggles to lead a ship full of desperate, trapped inhabitants while also trying to discover who he is, both as the Eldest and as a young man. 

While there is a sprinkle of romance, it is not the most prominent element of the novel. Instead, most of the plot revolves around the unraveling of secrets that have been lost for centuries. My one large complaint about the book was how long it took for some of these mysteries to come to light. I felt like the characters (especially Amy) spent pages and pages wondering about the same things. What was Orion hiding? Where was Godspeed? Who can Amy and Elder trust? JUST TELL ME ALREADY. 

To be honest, that's probably the one reason why I didn't award this book five stars. The concepts and writing were brilliant and definitely worthy of my favorites shelf. 

Overall, A Million Suns is a brilliant installment in this series. When I finished the book, I immediately leaped out of my bed and raced to grab Shades of Earth off of my shelf. I have extremely high expectations for this next book after reading the heart-pounding conclusion to the second book. If you haven't started or continued this series, I highly suggest you do so now. 

And here we are, in the middle, surrounded by a sea of stars. A million suns. Any of them could hold a planet. Any of them could hold a home. But all of them are out of reach."