Thursday, April 9, 2015

Book Review: A Million Suns

Title: A Million Suns (Across the Universe #2)
Author: Beth Revis
Genre: Young Adult // Sci Fi // Romance
Publisher: Razorbill
Publication Date: 
Format: Physical
Source: Borrowed (Library)

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 (goodreads).


Every now and then, you come across a sequel that is equal or even better than the first installment. This is one of those times. 
Plot: Given the events of Across the Universe, we all knew that life was not going to get easier for Amy and Elder. After taking the entire ship off of Phydus, the civilians are restless, restless and violent. It was interesting to see how some of the characters went back to study Earth's history, learn from it, and thus repeat Eath's history but on GodSpeed. While Elder has his hands full with being the new leader, Amy finds herself following breadcrumbs that will lead her to finally figure out why her parents and other military personnel had been targeted in the previous books. I must say that I enjoyed the pacing of A Millions Suns a lot more than in Across the Universe. The stakes were higher and I felt more was revealed in a shorter amount of time. There are some intense and tragic scenes in A Million Suns which made the crew a lot more human for me. 

Characters: In YA books, male POVs are a bit tricky. Either they sound just like the female narrator (plus some random curse words), or they just sound unrealistic for a teenage boy. I enjoyed listening to Elder's thoughts a lot more than Amy's because I found him to be a stronger character - this is usually unheard of in YA. Both characters have distinct voices and had plenty of time apart to grow and learn from their mistakes. 

World Building: Who would have thought that a ship floating in the middle of space could seem so big? I loved that Amy found new nooks and crannies on GodSpeed because I was discovering new places right along side her. The details and creativity is astounding in this series, and I just want to live in Revis' head. 

Short N Sweet: A Million Suns is an excellent follow up to Across the Universe. With complex characters, a new mystery and dozens of conflicts, I found it difficult to put this one down (and I can't wait to read the final installment)!



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