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A Million Suns: An Across the Universe Novel Hardcover – January 10, 2012

4.5 out of 5 stars 210 customer reviews
Book 2 of 3 in the Across the Universe Series

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"Revis has penned a fast-paced, action-packed follow-up with her dystopian, sci-fi thriller, "A Million Suns," that explores not only the nature of authority and loyalty but fear of the unknown and fulfilling one's personal destiny."  -LA Times

About the Author

Beth Revis lives in rural North Carolina with her husband and dog, and believes space is nowhere near the final frontier. Across the Universe is her first novel.
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Product Details

  • Series: Across the Universe (Book 2)
  • Hardcover: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Razorbill; First Edition edition (January 10, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 9781595143983
  • ISBN-13: 978-1595143983
  • ASIN: 159514398X
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 6.1 x 1.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (210 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #432,639 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Beth Revis is a NY Times bestselling author with books available in more than 20 languages. Her latest title, A World Without You, is a semi-autobiographical story blending the supernatural with mental illness. Beth is also the author of the Across the Universe series, The Body Electric, numerous short stories, and the nonfiction Paper Hearts series, which aids aspiring writers. A native of North Carolina, Beth is currently working on a new novel for teens. She lives in rural NC with her boys: one husband, one son, and two massive dogs.

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Format: Hardcover
Elder is now in charge of the Godspeed, following the death of Eldest. He is determined to be different in his leadership style, no more lies and no more drugging his people. But rebellions begin rising up, laziness threatens food production, and there's another murderer onboard. Meanwhile, Amy stumbles across a thread of clues left behind by Orion, explaining his extreme actions and revealing another shocking secret that will affect the entire ship.

Amy and Elder are once again faced with startling secrets and lies that have been hidden for generations. The two young adults are forced to make more difficult decisions, affecting the entire population. Revis' sophomore novel is just as incredibly vivid and intense as before. This is the second in her science fiction trilogy, that may just be more suspenseful that the last. The author is amazingly talented at taking the reader through the same range of emotions as her characters, from panic-laden claustrophobia in the first novel to a fear of chaos and mutiny in this sequel.

Both teen and adult science fiction fans will enjoy this extraordinary coming-of-age story. Filled with intense suspense, adventure, mystery, and a bit of romance - A Million Suns is pure excitement from beginning to its cliffhanger ending. This fantastic space opera trilogy is a must-read.
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Across the Universe was one of my favorite reads from last year. It had mystery and a love story with a scifi background -- what's not to like. It was lots of fun.

For whatever reason though, I could not get into "A Million Suns". I thought there were definitely good parts: I liked the mystery of trying to find out what the Elders were hiding, and I liked the increasing mystery about the frozens and what their hidden agenda might be. However, I didn't particularly find the tension between the Elder and Amy and Luther particularly realistic, or reasonable, and gads, I thought the pacing was slow in the middle. In addition, I found that there were some outcomes that were predictable.

Overall, I'm glad I read this book and I'm really curious about what lays in the future, but this was a slumpy middle book for me.
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Across the Universe was one of my favorite books of 2011. Call me a huge nerd, but I was in love with the twisty plot filled with lies, deception, manipulation and all kinds of other juicy things -not the mention the incredibly well drawn science fiction background, that took the novel into a different place than much of what's out there in the YA genre right now.

A Million Suns picks up where Across the Universe dropped off, but this time, things have reached critical mass. It's now been three months since Amy was unplugged from her hypersleep.Things seem to be okay since Elder assumed power on the ship, but Amy and Elder soon discover that things are more complicated than they seem, and they must put their heads together to get the Godspeed safely to its destination.

Everything that I enjoyed about Across the Universe continues in Million Suns, complete with more excellent action, mesmerizing action, suspense and complex plotting. Though some of the danger of the original book has passed, there's still plenty going on here to keep readers enthralled. Author Beth Revis' style also continues to shine with every word, and her storytelling continues to keep me spellbound. Can't wait for the next one in this series.
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Life is about perspective. The idea of spending your entire life stuck in a spaceship (granted a really really big one) can be either a life doomed to claustrophobia and dreams of the outside, or it can feel safe, like the only home you have ever known. Perspective can mean the difference between contentment and a desire to find anyway to change. In Across the Universe, Elder and Amy couldn't be more different if they tried: one born on the ship and meant to lead, and one born centuries earlier on earth and just included to pacify her important parents. But Amy's removal from the frozen state sent everything on ship Godspeed hurtling down a new path. Now, in Beth Revis' sequel A Million Suns, we find out just how far off the beaten path the ship has gone.

After learning about the problems with the ship and the decades of lies that have been passed around, Elder is determined to fin out just how far off course the ship has been blown from finding their new planet. He isn't prepared to learn the ship actually hasn't moved for years. Now that he has removed the sedative from the ship's system, all the citizens of Godspeed are less like zombies, able to think for themselves, and ready to stage a mutiny. Elder wasn't ready to take the leader's position in the first place, but he certainly wasn't ready to be tested so quickly. Now he must find a way to keep the ship together and still find the planet they were supposed to reach decades ago.

Amy knows she may never see her parents again since she was unfrozen and they must stay frozen until the ship lands. She barely survived Orion's crazed attacks, but with him safely frozen, she doesn't have to worry about him anymore...
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