Saturday, May 12, 2012

A Million Suns by Beth Revis

A Million Suns (Across the Universe, Bk. 2)
Author- Beth Revis
Published- January 10th, 2012
386 pages
Obtained from the library

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.-- From the Authors website

I hate to admit it, but I think I may be in the midst of a reading funk. I am not reading nearly as many books as usual. When I do finally pick up a book, I have no desire to read. I just feel blah. Luckily, I think this book may have helped me get back in to reading. Anyhoo, on to the review-

Keep in mind that this is the second book in the series. There may possibly be spoilers for the first book!

The cover of this book is great. Not only is it cohesive to the cover of Across the Universe, but it depicts what this book is about. The cover artist did a great job with keeping the cover clean and neat.

The first book led right into the second. Elder has finally become Eldest (even though he has no desire to claim the title). Elder definitely grew as a character in this book. In Across the Universe, it was hard to think of him as a leader. He was too young for me to believe he would command so many people. In this book he becomes a take charge guy, even with all of the death and destruction happening aboard Godspeed.

I will say, the beginning of this book was not nearly as compelling as the first. It had a slow start, mostly because a lot of new things were established in that time frame, and it was lacking in action. Once I made it past page 50 I was OK.

After page 50, man, was there action. There were endless supplies of unexplained killings, food shortages, and corrupt civilians. You name it, and it probably happened.

And, of course, there is the teasing romance between Elder and Amy. It is so maddening to see them so in love, but unable to connect.

By the end of the book, I was so enthralled, I read until about 2 in the morning so I could reach the conclusion, of which there was none. Another major cliffhanger. This one was even worse (by worse I mean madly-excited for the 3rd book) than the first book. Definitely a big surprise as to who had been causing all of the turmoil. I will be very curious to see how she ties all three books together because, in my opinion, I don't think a third book will be enough.

Overall, I really enjoyed A Million Suns once I got over the 50 page hump. Definitely check out Across the Universe if you have yet to read this trilogy. You won't be disappointed!

I will be giving this book 4 stars!

-McKenna :)
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