Review: A Million Suns by Beth Revis

Posted by Jessi (Geo) on March 11, 2012 | 2 Comments

Review: A Million Suns by Beth RevisA Million Suns by Beth Revis
Series: Across the Universe #2
Published by Razorbill (1.10.2012)
Genres: Dystopian, Science Fiction, Young Adult
Format: Hardcover, 386 pages
Source: Library
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4.5 Stars

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 spaceshipGodspeed.

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.

My thoughts

A millions suns stretch out beyond me, their light piercing the darkness.
I feel so insignificant, a tiny speck surrounded by a million stars. A million suns.

This book was so intense!! Everything starts falling apart, people are dying, and the ship is one step short of a full out mutiny. Just when you think nothing else could go wrong, something does, again and again.

I loved the clues that Amy had to follow! It made me eager to try and figure out what would happen. Once or twice I figured out the next step before she did, but for the most part I was surprised. Especially at one particular part – POSSIBLE SPOILER!!! – that reminded me of the ending of the movie Pandorum. I won’t say anything else…if you’ve seen it, you know what I’m talking about. That was crazy! Here you’re thinking one thing (for the entire first book and half of the second), and then you find out you’re completely wrong. I value books that have the ability to surprise me.

The character development was great. I enjoyed learning more about everyone from the first book. I even warmed up to Vitria, who was a bit of a bitch in Across the Universe. While she wasn’t necessarily lovable, I came to understand her more and, in turn, pitied her. I felt sorry for Amy as well – she’s still the freak, the outsider, and people continue to regard her with hostility and mistrust just because she’s different.

Amy and Elder’s romance was sweet. There wasn’t an overload of it, and it was slow and steady. Their relationship is a bit complicated, so at times you don’t really know where they stand with each other. I think that really made the moments of closeness even sweeter. It had tension and disagreement just like a real relationship.

I am very excited to read the final installment and find out what Centauri-Earth will be like!!

Overall assessment

Plot: 5/5
Writing style: 4.5/5
Characters: 4.5/5
World-building: 5/5
Pace: 5/5
Cover: 3/5
Overall rating: 4.5/5 starfish

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