A Million Suns by Beth Revis
Release Date: January 10th, 2012
Razorbill, 386 Pages
Sub-genre: Science Fiction
Source: Advance Reader Copy
Age Group: Young Adult
Series: Across the Universe #2
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.
This is the second book in the trilogy of Across the Universe. I thought that the first book was a thrilling ride into the future where fantasy, mystery, and science fiction meet…but this installment was like watching a star go supernova. The vivid world that Revis painted in ATU was taken to a whole different level that was became infinitely complex and beautiful. I could not have expected anything that unfolded in the storyline. All of the characters are multi-faceted and well fleshed out. The reader gets to see the relationship between Elder and Amy, as well as Elder & the rest of the citizens of Godspeed grow, change, and even reach a boiling point on the verge of complete mutiny.
The secrets and lies that “fuel” Godspeed are the types of things that a reader cannot begin to grasp, comprehend, or even try to guess until the story unravels at the exact time that the author wants you to know. I love that, while reading, I was just as in the dark as the main characters. There is also plenty of betrayal that will keep you completely and utterly riveted until the very last page.
The way that the book ended, how all of the loose ends were tied up left me realizing that I was holding my breath for the last few pages of the book. Even though Amy and Elder are far from safe, for once they are happy. Everything seems to be working out & it feels like a huge burden has been lifted from your shoulders on the last page of the book but don’t forget, there is a THIRD book. Even though this book isn’t scheduled to come out until January 2012, I have no idea how I am going to wait for the third and final book in this trilogy.
I would like to add that this is one of the most beautifully written, original series, with the most enchanting world and characters that I have ever read. I don’t say that about a lot of books, in fact, I haven’t said that about any book before. I feel truly privileged to have been able to read this book and I do not doubt that I will read it again in the future. If you have not read Across the Universe…I definitely recommend that you do! ATU is a book that I have already loaned out to someone to enjoy (and I am sure I will be loaning A Million Suns to that same someone when they finish ATU.)