Friday, July 6, 2012

A Million Suns by Beth Revis

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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.

You may (or may not) remember me exclaiming my disappointment in Beth Revis for crapping on my shiny spaceship fantasy.  What I can tell you off the bat is that the Beth Revis’s story did not get any shinier.  But that’s okay because shiny would just cover up the awesomeness that is A Million Suns. 

When Across the Universe ended with the inhibitor supply being cutoff you just knew that the people were going to revolt in the next book.  Elder has no idea how to command the ship let alone manage a rebellion and to make matters worse he has just discovered that the ship has stopped and as far as can be determined has been motionless since The Plague. While trying to come up with a solution to the ship’s lack of momentum, Elder and Amy learn a secret that will most likely be the final spark that causes a civil war on the ship. 

I really enjoyed Across the Universe but I have to say that A Million Suns blew it out of the water.  The pace was fast and Beth Revis keeps you guessing at every page.  What I love most about these books is that neither of the main characters (Elder and Amy) is perfect.  Elder and Amy are idealistic teens but perfection is not a quality they (or anybody for that matter) possess.  

So many times we read about teen characters that are born leaders.  Elder is trying to lead and command a ship with no real life experience to pave the way.  He is most definitely NOT a born leader but there is no doubt he tries his best.   And then there is Amy that is struggling with the loss of her parents as well as her attraction to Elder and his attraction to her.  They way she deals with both issues leave a lot to be desired but at the same time are completely human reactions with which a lot of people can identify. 

The final installment in this trilogy can’t come soon enough.  I am eagerly awaiting the release of Shade of Earth in January 2013.


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