Wednesday, 4 April 2012

A Million Suns by Beth Revis

Series: Across the Universe, Book Two
Publisher: Puffin
Format: ARC
Published: 5th April 2012
Number of Pages: 400
Book: For Review*
Genre: Science-Fiction, Dystopia, Fantasy, Action-Adventure, Romance, Murder Mystery, Thriller, YA
Recommended Age: 13+
Contains: Violence, Death, Swearing-Godspeed-Style, Alcohol and Drug Refernces
Author's Blog: Beth Revis

Trapped on board the spaceship Godspeed, Amy trusts no one.
The ship’s ruler is dead and a rebellion threatens.  Amy wants to help Elder as he tries to take charge, but she’s torn between her feelings for him and the chaos that’s pulling everything apart.  As more harrowing discoveries are made about Godspeed, Amy is caught up in a desperate race to unravel its secrets.  Only one thing is certain.
The have to get off this ship…

It’s been three months since Eldest died and since Elder took over running Godspeed.  He only wants to make life better, but the pressure is intense and a rebellion is threatening to destroy the life they know.
While Amy wants to help him become the leader she knows he can be, she is fighting with secrets of her own and the pain of never seeing her parents again.
As the terrible truth about Godspeed is revealed, Amy is determined to follow the clues left to her and her alone, certain they hold the key to their survival.
They need to get off of Godspeed.
Before the mutiny pulls it apart…
I absolutely adored Across the Universe, so I couldn’t wait to get my hands on this book!  But because I loved the first so much, I was really worried A Million Suns wouldn’t be able to live up to it.  I should have known better than to underestimate Miss Revis!  A Million Suns was a book as beautiful as it was utterly shocking – literally everything was unexpected, a total surprise.  And I loved: Every. Single. Second!
Oh, I love Elder!  He had so much responsibility now, but he was strong and clever and a frexing good leader in my opinion – yeah, it’s all the others who are wrong!  And through it all, through everything going on, Elder was sweet and brave and cute, always doing what was best for the ship and his people, no matter what.  This just made me love him more!  And seeing all his childhood memories made me even more real.
Amy was so much stronger now than she was in Across the Universe.  I really don’t know how she kept going – I would have fallen apart from the word go.  I loved her sense of humor, her determination, her snark.  All of the things she was struggling with – keeping her parents frozen, trying to remember Earth –really broke my heart.  She really had to fight to keep her own identity, and I admired her so, so much for that.
The relationship between Elder and Amy felt so, so real – even more so than in Across the Universe.  I loved seeing them get to know each other.  And oh my God, I really felt it this time: felt the confusion, the hunger, the pure love.
Even more, though, I found it intriguing, getting to know the Previous Elder better.  I, of course, hated him by the end of Across the Universe, but I did start it off liking him.  I loved how we slowly go to see why he did what he did, who he really was.  But who is he, you may ask?  Well, read the book and find out!!
Again, I have to touch on how real the world and characters all felt.  That’s what I loved about the first book, and something I still felt in A Million Suns.  Even though it was a rather unbelievable place, the way Revis described everything just made it so real to me.  Love it!  The world building Revis does is one of the best and most thought-out ones I’ve read!
The plot was… well, just incredible.  I had no idea where it was going and I swear I was literally, physically gaping at times.  There were so many secrets to discover, so many clues to keep me guessing.  The plot was just like a treasure hunt, the kind I had as a little kid with Easter eggs.  This book?  Just as rewarding as nummy chocolate! And the ending?  Well, I need Shades of Earth.  NOW!
The writing I also adored.  The split POV lets us see into all the action, all the emotions and let us really get to know Amy and Elder.  What I love most about the writing is that I see everyting I my head: the ship, the people, Amy, Elder, everything.  Simple and descriptive, my favorite kind of writing!
All the twists, turns and secrets made A Million Suns so exciting!  I was hooked to every single word.  And how, how, how can they make us wait until March 2013 for the next book?  HOW?!
Rant over.  In other words?  Absa-frexing-brilly!  (Sorry, I just love Revis’ slang!)

Star Rating:
5 Out of 5

Read this book if you liked:
The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
The Lunar Chronicles by Marissa Meyer

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Happy Reading
* This book was received from Penguin in exchange for an honest review


Hazal said...

This review has just made me so excited to read this! I've just finished the first and oh God, I want more!

Hollie said...

Your review has just made me want this book even more! I really cannot wait to get back to Godspeed, Elder and Amy. Great review! :)

TheBookAddictedGirl said...

Hazal: I know, Revis is a master at leaving you wanting more! I hope you enjoy A Million Suns as much as I did!
Hollie: Thanks! I hope you love it as much as me!! :D

handiangel said...

I just finished reading AMS today and agree with you about everything you said. Can't believe it left us hanging like that!

Marlene Detierro said...
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Marlene Detierro said...

I loved this book to! I was a massive fan of Across the Universe, but this book is so much better. And I agree that Amy and Elders relationship was so well crafted in this story.
Glad you enjoyed it :)

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grace crawford said...

I can't say enough good things about this sequel to Across the Universe. Buy it. Read it. Gift it to friends. It is so detailed and perfectly surprising it is already going to be one of my first favorites of the year, 2012.
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