Review: A Million Suns by Beth Revis

The Blurb: 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. And 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 enact his vision – no more Phydus, no more lies.

But when Elder discovers shocking news about the ship, he and Amy race to discover the truth behind life on Godspeed. They must work together to unlock a puzzle that was set in motion hundreds of years earlier, unable to fight the romance that’s growing between them and the chaos that threatens to tear them apart.

In book two of the Across the Universe trilogy, New York Times bestselling author Beth Revis mesmerizes us again with a brilliantly crafted mystery filled 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.

My Thoughts: A lot of things were different in this one. The book follows the same tone, but with the people not being on Phydus, Elder has prompted a big revolution. He’s got people with ideas, and not everyone has his ideas. I still like the anthropological aspect of this book, and I love delving into how this closed in society can function.

At the same time, I was a little disappointed in the romance. I understand that Elder has all of these problems and so he can’t just be with Amy, but at the same time, he doesn’t bother standing up much for her either. She spends most of her time hiding herself.

For a monoethnic society that’s traveling to a brand new planet, they sure as hell can’t accept people who are different. It makes me wonder just what they’re going to do when they get onto that planet and see things they’ve never seen before.

The mystery was a little softer in this, but the mystery followed the same strategy as the first book. They’re lead on by clues and ultimately have to figure it out for themselves. I was disappointed because at this point, I had run through all the possibilities in my mind and I guess I just wanted an easier answer. The mystery is a mind bender. In Across the Universe Eldest believes that the ship is slowing down, and that they are 150 years behind schedule. Amy was supposed to wake up in 300 years, so it’s been 450 years. In this one Revis blows that completely out of proportion and then doesn’t explain what’s really been going on and how long it’s been since they left Earth. I think I caught on towards the end but it didn’t mean I was shocked by it.

Things that did get me though, green patches, black patches, lack of food supply, explosions, the pond and the make out scene near the pond. That stuff was amazing and it’s why I read these books.

I still liked the choices they made in the end, Elder does prove that he’s a leader and he does the only logical thing left to do.

I’m looking so forward to the third book in this trilogy, because it’s a whole new ball game now and I hope Beth Revis’s epic fantasy skills are up to par.


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