Thursday, January 5, 2012

Review: A Million Suns by Beth Revis

Publisher: Razorbill
Pages: 400
Received: Received from publisher

Release Date: January 10, 2012
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Goodreads Synopsis:

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 Review:

I was really excited to read this after reading some great reviews. I liked Across the Universe better than this one though. Check out my review of it here. I enjoyed this book quite a bit but there were a few things that took away from the story for me.

The storyline was really good. I really enjoyed the fact that there is all this chaos and revolt on the ship. I also really enjoy how Beth Revis is showing Elder trying to come into control (though this is three months following the end of the last book).

The one thing that I didn't like about this book was the characters, specifically Amy and Elder. I found for someone who was trained to be a leader Elder flip-flopped around with his decisions a lot. I felt that he needed to be more confident in what he was doing. And I found Amy was better in the first book. I felt that in this book she should have had more personality to her. Amy kind of relented easier than I would have expected to Elder and his choices compared to how she acted in the last book.

Amy was also a lot more protective of Elder and what he represented in this book compared to how she was so against the whole system in the last book. Despite these character issues I really enjoyed the mystery aspect of the book and flew through it wanting to know who was behind everything this time around. The ending also really threw me for a loop in this one. It didn't make much sense as to why it would end like that, but I will see where she takes it in the next book (which is called Shades of Earth). If you liked the first one, you'll still enjoy this one, Beth Revis still writes a great story and keeps readers at bay with mystery and action throughout the story.

Rating: 3.5 out of 5 comfy couches


  1. Great review! This one is on my must read list for 2012, just trying to catch up on books I bought. FINALLY got into Julie Kagawa's books but man that took a long time. :) Hoping I still love Revis after this!

  2. Hmm, I'm kinda sad to see that you didn't like this one as much as the first one. But then again, second books in series often really flounder. I'm about to start rereading Across the Universe so that I can review it on my blog and then I'll start reading this one. But still a great review, and I'm really enjoying your blog!

    The Overstuffed Bookcase



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