Monday, February 6, 2012

Review: A Million Suns by Beth Revis

Monday, February 6, 2012 with 11 comments
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     Title: A Million Suns
     Author: Beth Revis
     Series: Across the Universe
     Publisher: Razorbiill
     Publication Date: Jan. 10, 2012
     Source: borrowed ARC from April 
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From Goodreads:

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.

I really despise the fact that I have to wait a year in between books in a series. Sometimes it’s almost necessary to re-read the previous book in order to pick up on the little subtleties and nuances…and if it’s not necessary, it’s still advisable. I don’t like books that spend the first half of the book recapping the first novel, but a chapter devoted to refreshing the reader’s memory wouldn’t hurt. Not that Revis didn’t drop reminders…I’ve just read WAY too many books since Across the Universe, and I felt like it took forever to feel like I was on board Godspeed again. Anyway, that’s my problem, but I just had to vent.

That said, I thought A Millions Suns was even better than Across the Universe. First of all, I finally feel some connection between Elder and Amy besides “he’s my only choice because we’re the only teenagers on board this ship to nowhere.” They had passionate arguments, they consoled each other, they even kissed some…in short, they really started to care for each other. It was nice to see the relationship develop gradually, even if the impetus for Amy’s change of heart was others’ misfortune. (And maybe it wasn’t but that’s how it looked to me.)

Amy was still a little whiney with that whole Can we please unfreeze my parents-thing, but she’s definitely matured in the three months since the events of AtU. She’s trying to adjust to life aboard the ship, and she’s reevaluating everything she knows. She may spend the rest of her life on the ship, so she might as well make it home. And the more her thought process heads in that direction, the more she feels drawn to Elder.

Elder was rather surprising. He’s grown even more than Amy has, but he’s had a lot of responsibility thrust upon him all at once. Elder is now Eldest and must maintain order on Godspeed. He tries, but despite his best efforts, he’s undermined at every turn. But he still does what he thinks is right, regardless of whether he has any support. When I read AtU, I pictured Elder as Atreyu…young and ready to fight a battle he was sure to lose. Whereas after having read A Million Suns, I picture him more like Prince Caspian, picking up the pieces of the life he’d known and making something better with them, something better for all of his people. (Side note: I’d love it if Ben Barnes played every male protagonist from my favorite YA books. Yes, definitely Ben Barnes. Yum.)

And then you have the betrayals and in-fighting on the ship. Oh, you thought things were going to get better with Eldest gone? Ha. Haven’t you heard that old saying? Things are going to get worse before they get better. Things are definitely different now, but I don’t know if I’d say better. People who go off their meds suddenly are never the most stable…as is the case for those aboard Godspeed who’d been given Phydus all those years. Some are adjusting, and others…not so much.

I think that was kind of expected, but I found that this novel, unlike AtU, was rather unpredictable and kept me on the edge of my seat once it really got going. There were a lot of noooo’s and oh, frex’s (okay, and maybe some other expletives) shouted while I read through this one. I would definitely say I was shocked at times. Which is exactly what I expected from these books. Across the Universe built the base for the series, and A Million Suns catapulted the story into something truly captivating.

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  1. I STILL haven't read the first book yet! But I'm glad to hear book two is still great. It's so hard for the middle/sequels to be good, but seeing 5 stars from you makes me want to bump this series up the TBR pile.


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    1. It's a great series...I like that she focuses on the actual goings-on of the ship instead of *just* the romantic aspect. That's there, too, but it's kind of subdued compared to a lot of other YA novels.

  2. if Ben Barnes played every male protagonist from my favorite YA books. Yes, definitely Ben Barnes. Yum' lol me2 /high 5

    awesome review
    you rock girl

    1. Haha...thanks! I don't think I know anyone who would *complain* about Ben Barnes. :P

  3. You write such great reviews! I totally agree about the space betwen books. I feel the same way. I've debated waiting to read series until they're all released and making it this huge, fun event. But then, you feel like you're missing out and forget about avoiding spoilers! Impossible.
    Anyway...I know very little about this series. I do plan to read it at some point.
    Great review!

    1. Aw, thx, Andrea. And, yeah, it's already hard enough to avoid spoilers. I'd have to stay off the interwebz completely if I was going to wait until the full series was released. And let's face it, that's just not gonna happen. :P

  4. I agree with Andrea, your reviews are superb.. mine are all rambling.

    I'm so glad you liked it.. I think it's def unfair that we have to wait so long for the next one..

    omg, I cannot freaking wait.. and you know why!

    1. But I adore your quirky, rambling reviews! :P They make me even more excited for the books.

      I know...another freakin' year to forget what happened...except in this case, I might not forget since sooo much crazy happened, especially there at the end. :)

    2. We will have to have a recap discussion before the third one.. I wish Andrea would get on it, and read these. Jeesh.

  5. I love your rant about waiting a year in between books goes right along with my Tuesday rant about cliffhangers. I really want to read this series but I am waiting first to avoid the nasty cliffhangers and second to avoid amnesia due to prolonged waiting!

    1. Haha...I'll have to check that out. It really depends on the series and the shock-value of the cliffhanger for me, though. :)


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