Sunday, September 7, 2014

Reading Review - A Million Suns by Beth Revis

*sequel review- check out my Goodreads review of the first book, spoilers for the first book below*

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 aboardGodspeed. 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.

Rating - 4 Stars
Major Pros - Elder's Character Development, World Building, Mystery
Major Cons - Some supporting characters
Continuing on with the series? Yes
How I Read It - Purchased

A Million Suns is the type of sequel I wanted to see after the ending of Across the Universe. The society aboard Godspeed is free of Phydus, and the characters are facing the aftermath of everything they'd uncovered in the first book. Elder is dealing with a society charged with tension, unrest, and problems. The society made me nervous for him, and this book saw a lot of character development for Elder. Amy had her part in the story as well, and I liked her character more in this book than in the former. She seemed more mature and contributed more to the problem solving. However, the society is one of the defining factors of this book. Beth Revis wrote a city and people on edge, ready for anything to happen. It was chilling, eerie, and intense in a way that the Phydus controlled society hadn't been.

This story is another mystery, and I was left guessing more in this book than I had been in Across the Universe. I think I appreciated this book more because there was development in this book- Elder as a leader, the society without Phydus. Amy's point of view chapters didn't stand out to me as much, but she didn't annoy me as much as she had in Across the Universe. There is a build up of impossible problems and plot twists, and this book definitely has a faster, more consistent pacing than its predecessor.

While A Million Suns still had some character flaws, this book improved upon the issues I'd had with the first book. There's still drama, but more focused on important issues, and there's character development and a mystery as well. I'm definitely going to be completing the series and seeing how the story finally unfolds in Shades of Earth. A Million Suns is a sequel that's even better than the first book, and makes me excited to see how the adventure continues in the trilogy's finale!

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  1. I read this series so long ago, but I remember really liking it! The whole space theme and a society on the edge really intrigued me and I loved the mystery surrounding everything. I remember really loving the third book so I hope you enjoy the way it all ends!

    1. I have yet to pick up the final book but thank you! I wasn't amazed by the first, but I enjoyed the second a lot more. Glad to hear you enjoyed the third book so much!


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