Review: A Million Suns by Beth Revis

A Million Suns by Beth Revis
Publisher: Razorbill
Publish Date: January 10, 2012

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 take:  Well, frex, another cliffhanger!

I actually liked this book a little bit more than Across the Universe (listen to our podcast here)!  A few of the plot holes from the last book were explained, but a couple more opened up so I’m reserving judgement until the next installment (Shades of Earth, due Jan. 10, 2013) in case that book resolves my questions.

This book runs full speed and keeps the action and suspense going with lots of plot twists.  However, my main frustration is with the trail of clues that Orion leaves for Amy – grr, why not just leave one video for her that explains things instead of a scavenger hunt?  What if she wasn’t able to figure out one of the obscure clues?  It’s an obvious device to move the plot along, but it does keep things exciting.

Amy is trying to make sense of the big decision that Orion says (in a video, he’s still frozen) she must make about the future of the ship.  But the ship is more dangerous than ever for her, especially now that the Phydus is gone and people are waking up from their drug induced daze.  The mob mentality is scary, and the people are dealing with depression and other emotions that are unfamiliar to them for the first time.  She is also trying to deal with her feelings for Elder.  Would she still love him if he were not the only teen boy on this ship?  Would she have loved him if she had met him on Earth?

Elder is doing the best he can, but he is hampered by a few of the crew’s mutinous defiance to the Elder system of rule.  He is trying his best to keep the ship from anarchy, but it is a difficult task.  He is also trying to give Amy space to work through her feelings for him.

I wondered if Orion would return in this book, and while he didn’t physically he certainly was a big part of this novel – and he still may resurface in the next.  The creepiest villain has got to be Luthor, though – menacing and amoral and violent.  *shiver*

The big twist is the decision that Amy must make – and it’s a doozy!!  It sets the stage for the next book, and I can’t wait to see – will they defrost the frozens, and would Orion live through the thawing process?

See you in the STACKS!

One Response to “Review: A Million Suns by Beth Revis”

  1. Allison says:

    Ha, I very literally laughed out loud at “Well, frex, another cliffhanger!” :) I loved reading your take on this book. I am seriously pining for the final volume in the trilogy!

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