Book: A Million Suns (Across The Universe #2) by Beth Revis
Date Published: January 10th, 2010
Date Started: June 21st, 2014
Date Finished: June 25th, 2014
Other Books Reviewed: Across the Universe, Shades of Earth
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.
*There are spoilers for Across The Universe in this review, because, its just unavoidable. If you haven’t read Across the Universe yet, I urge you to go check out my review of that book first. If you have read the book or my review, continue on at your own discretion!
So when it comes to sequels, I sometimes get scared that its going to be drastically different than the original book. You can sometimes feel burned by the ending a series, or feel disappointed that it was anticlimactic. With A Million Suns, I feel like this wasn’t the case. The pacing in this book was the same as the first book, Across the Universe. I sometimes feel that it can be difficult to keep the same pacing, mainly because you either want to get straight to the action, or you want to slow things down a bit after the action in the first book. When I read a sequel to a book, there is sometimes this break in the story line. It feels like a great disconnect from the ending of the previous book, jumping from one plot to another. What I liked about A Million Suns was the fact that the storyline felt really fluid. I read this book immediately after I read Across The Universe, so that might have helped. But when I read a series, I like to look all of the books as one fluid storyline, because thats the way that it should be. A Million suns captured this, and I applaud Revis for achieving this in her writing.
So after the events of Across The Universe, Elder has now taken over leadership of Godspeed, the space ship that is taking him, Amy, and 2,000 other passengers to Centauri-Earth. Elder and Amy had worked hard together to reveal the lies that had been fueling the ship. But three months after those lies were revealed, Elder and Amy are discovering that there are still more lies to be uncovered. Its more difficult this time because the inhabitants of Godspeed are threatening revolution and everything is starting to turn to chaos. Can Amy and Elder save Godspeed and get it back on track on their original flight plan? Or will the inhabitants of the ship tear the ship apart?
Amy and Elder’s relationship continues to grow in this book, and its not perfect, which is, well, perfect for me. I don’t feel this overwhelming feeling that I sometimes get when two characters are wanting to be together, but they’re just being stupid about it, and all you want to do is scream at them to get over themselves. The romantic tension is there. But to be quite honest, I believe that I’d be okay either way if they did or didn’t end up together. I feel as though their lives could continue on. There was one issue that I had with Amy though. At one point, she felt that she couldn’t love Elder because he was the only option she had, and she felt like she didn’t have a choice. I understood that choice, because she wanted freedom. But I think the real truth was, that she didn’t have a choice. There would never be another option for her, so why not allow herself to explore a relationship with Elder? I’m not saying she has to be with him on default, but she could open herself up to Elder a little bit more and let things take their course. She seemed to fight being with Elder a lot, and I don’t know if I was truly convinced by her reasons. Nor do I think she was convinced by her reasons.
When it came to the chaos in this book, I wanted to wring my hands around some of the necks of the inhabitants of the ship. There were characters, like Bartie, who read one book on revolution on earth and assumed they knew everything they needed to get what they needed. Bartie read a book on the French Revolution, but I think he failed to understand how many people died during the French Revolution. There was a reason why it was called the Reign of Terror. (If you want to know this reason more in-depth, you can send me a message or comment below, I do love history after all.) But I love this aspect of this book. As was stated in my first review, the history of Earth was twisted and distorted. Elder allowed the people of the ship to have access to the history records, but nothing was done to fix the records. I know she had other things on her plate, but Amy could have corrected at least a few entries in the records to at least make it a bit more accurate.
The ending of this book had a cliffhanger, and I have to read the final book in the series now. I’m glad that I checked out a copy when I checked out A Million Suns. The final book is called Shades of Earth and was published last year, so it should be available through multiple outlets, whether you borrow from the library, purchase from the book store, or purchase online (which I have recently stopped doing)