Friday, 16 August 2013

A Million Suns (Across the Universe, #2) by Beth Revis (2012)

Description from Goodreads:

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 aboard Godspeed. 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.


What a great sequel to Across the Universe! As one can imagine, a lot of things happened just like in the book one. Even though the start was a bit slow as a lot of politics is going on the ship, but once Revis gets to the action parts there's no going back!

I really love the spaceship setting because it makes the whole experience more intense. There are chaos and killings going on the ship, and there is no escape from the ship. The constant claustrophobic ambiance makes the book just so much better - there are rebellions going on and you are constantly afraid a riot will start. Can you imagine the consequences if a full-on revolt takes place in a confiscated spaceship? Well, I don't even want to.

Once again, there was the mystery element going on.  In A Million Suns, the mystery was Elder trying to find out who has been murdering people, and leaving notes behind the bodies basically saying "this is your fault  Elder". As you can imagine, Elder is anxious to find out who is behind these murders, before everyone will turn on him. While Elder is burdened with solving the murders, Orion has been leaving clues for Amy to find out a secret that every Eldest has been trying to guard with their lives. Can Amy find out what that secret is, and if she can, will she reveal it to everyone, or is too horrible to share? 

I really like the romance going on between Elder and Amy. It's a bit of pull and push, and it leaves you wanting for more. Even though I love the fact that their relationship is realistic as they don't immediately start dating despite the attraction, but I just really need them to be together! It's so obvious they have feelings for each other; Elder especially is  just completely enamoured by Amy, and her feelings definitely aren't platonic. Another thing that's great about their romance is how Elder's reactions to Amy seem so real. Even though he does appreciate Amy's personality etc, he is still a guy - he wants her physically as well, and these emotions are included as well.

A Million Suns was very entertaining to read, but I have to admit that I liked Across the Universe better. This doesn't nevertheless mean that I hated the book - just the opposite. I loved it. I think ended up liking it less than Across the Universe because I had higher expectations for the book 2 than book 1. Anywho, I cannot wait for the book 3, Shades of Earth. It is the final book of the trilogy and I have to admit I'm a bit reluctant to start, because after that, the trilogy is over! 

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