Review * A Million Suns by Beth Revis

February 11, 2013 Reviews 14 ★★★★★

Review * A Million Suns by Beth RevisA Million Suns by Beth Revis
Series: Across the Universe #2
Published by Razorbill on January 10, 2012
Genres: Science Fiction, Young Adult
Pages: 384
Format: Paperback
Also in this series: Across the Universe, Shades of Earth
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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 I Thought…

This is the second book in the series and while it’s spoiler free for A Million Suns there may be some small spoilers for Across the Universe.

  • A Million Suns was filled with all the crazy! Seriously without Phydus the people go nuts. It drove me a little crazy, but at the same time it made a lot of sense because these people have never had any real feelings before so they have no idea what to do with them.
  • Amy is the voice of reason, mostly. As the only non-ship born person on board she has a different view of things and desperately wants to land and be free of the ship.
  • Elder was a bit annoying in the beginning. He’s having a hard time being the leader of the ship and figuring out why they haven’t reached the planet yet, and he’s a bit whiny about it.
  • Elder’s also dealing with a bit of a rebellion. Now that the people are no longer on Phydus they are thinking for themselves and are not so happy with everything on the ship. There are two major people against Elder, Bartie and Luther. Bartie means well, but doesn’t know how to go about what he wants the right way. Luther is just creepy and causes trouble for fun. Elder really struggles to maintain control, partly because of his age, partly because of his inexperience.
  • One of my favorite things about A Million Suns is that Amy acknowledge that she shouldn’t just love Elder because they are the only two people that are the same age. It’s also nice that she didn’t fall into insta-love with Elder. There was some insta-love on Elder’s side, but not to the level of “I’m going to die if you don’t marry me”
  • I loved this book. Even more than Across the Universe. But it contains one of my biggest pet peeves in books. The “treasure hunt.” Out of all the plot devices you could use this is the one that gets me EVERY TIME. Seriously, why send people all over the freaking place when you could just TELL THEM what they need to know.
  • So Elder and Amy are on their “treasure hunt” going all over the ship trying to find out the big secret. I am so freaking proud of myself for figuring out what the secret was. Obviously I don’t want to say what it is, but I want everyone to know that I knew. (Yes, I’m totally lame like that).
  • There are a few people you kind of question their motives in Across the Universe and they show their true colors in A Million Suns, in a “I’m out to destroy everyone” kind of way.

Notable Quotes

“Well, sometimes home is a person.”

“Love without choice isn’t love at all.”


14 Responses to “Review * A Million Suns by Beth Revis”

  1. Tanya Patrice

    I preferred this to the first book in the series too – and so right, Elder is a bit annoying! I haven’t read the last book in the trilogy yet, but I’m looking forward to it.

  2. Christina

    Oh really, I loved the treasure hunt, but I’ve always been a HUGE fan of puzzles. Still, I’m glad you loved it even more than AtU. Also, that second quote was my favorite too!

  3. Jenny

    I’m glad you’re enjoying these ones. I just reviewed the first one on my blog…you might want to avoid it. ;)

  4. handiangel

    Great review! I just finished reading it and have just posted my own review too. I totally agree with you about Amy not wanting to fall in ‘insta-love’ with Elder. Nice change from the norm. I think I also guessed the extra-big bad secret too, but it was still a twist and a half!

  5. Kate Midnight Book Girl

    Elder should have totally put everyone back on the drug! I get it, he was trying to do right by people, but those crazy mofos needed to get back to work and stop trying to rape Amy and run amok!