A MILLION SUNS by Beth Revis
YA Science Fiction/Mystery
400 pages, hardcover
Available Jan. 10, 2012
Review copy provided by publisher for honest review
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.
Positive: Character growth. Reviled because she's different and unfairly named the cause of most of the problems aboard Godspeed, Amy lives each day in misery. If she goes outside, she has to do so disguised because if she isn't, the people hurl insults and worse at her. She's alone except for Elder, who's away most of the time attempting to run the ship. But she's not a sit-around-and-do-nothing kind of girl, and she's determined to root out all the secrets the ship has to offer. She really matures in this story, moving from a little girl sobbing at her frozen parents' sides into someone who is becoming a true force to be reckoned with (she's not quite there yet but almost).
Elder also sees some serious character growth. Now the leader of the ship and its people, Elder is having a hard time filling Eldest's shoes. He's not ready, even if he doesn't want to admit it; he knows the truth of it in his heart of hearts, showing it with his refusal to take the name of Eldest. He's pretty whiny about the whole thing, and it takes several catastrophic events for him to lose his poor-pitiful-me-no-one-listens-to-me attitude and step up like his people need him to. Elder isn't my favorite character but, as he matures, he's growing on me.
Positive: Mystery. The stakes in this story are so much higher than in the first installment. It's not just about the Frozens anymore; this mystery could destroy everyone aboard Godspeed. A previous leader leaves Amy clues and tells her the fate of Godspeed rests on her shoulders (nice, right?). But this mystery really motivates Amy and gives her purpose aboard the ship. I found myself reading faster, encouraging Amy to keep looking so I could find out what in the world was going on, too. Ooh, and what a twisty mystery it is!
Positive: Fast pace and story development. Without Phydus dulling their emotions, the people are rising up against Elder. The ship's falling apart, they aren't producing enough food to feed the population, and many refuse to work. People are dying and being murdered right and left. A new leader emerges, challenging Elder's position and shaking up everything everyone's ever known. This story just doesn't slow down. As we move from Amy to Elder, the multiple story lines tangle together to form a space ship-sized Gordian knot.
Wish: Fewer questions! What's out there? Who's gonna die next? What's going to happen to....and to....? How will they survive? What's going to happen between Amy and Elder--or should we call him Eldest? What will happen to Amy's parents? What about the other Frozens? (See, now you have questions, too, don't you? Heh. Join the club. Of course, this is the middle novel of a trilogy so what can you expect?) And now I'll have to wait until next
Overall: I enjoyed this one even more than the first--no sophomore slump for the fab Ms. Revis! Vacuum-packed with a universe of mystery, tension, and deadly political shenanigans, A MILLION SUNS rockets its readers into a story worth its weight in stardust. (heh--like my outer space references? I worked hard on that, man!)
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