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A Million Suns: An Across the Universe Novel Paperback – November 21, 2012
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PRAISE FOR A MILLION SUNS:
"A fast-paced, action-packed follow-up . . . that explores not only the nature of authority and loyalty but fear of the unknown and fulfilling one's personal destiny. --LA Times
"Setting and plot are the heart and soul of this ripping space thriller, and they're unforgettable." --Kirkus Reviews, starred review
"Revis just might make straight-up sci-fi cool again." --Booklist
PRAISE FOR THE ACROSS THE UNIVERSE TRILOGY:
"Entirely original, deeply compelling, and totally unputdownable--I've found a new favorite!" —Carrie Ryan, New York Times bestselling author of The Forest of Hands and Teeth"A murder mystery, a budding romance, and a dystopian world gracefully integrated into a sci-fi novel that blows away all expectation." —Melissa Marr, New York Times bestselling author of Wicked Lovely"A horrifying and deliciously claustrophobic masterpiece that's part sci-fi, part dystopian, and entirely brilliant." —Kiersten White, New York Times bestselling author of Paranormalcy and Supernaturally
About the Author
Beth Revis is the author of the New York Times bestselling Across the Universe series. Shades of Earth, the third book in the trilogy, will be published in Spring 2013. Beth lives in rural North Carolina with her husband and dog, and believes space is nowhere near the final frontier.
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A Million Suns by Beth Revis picks up several months after the first book ends. We once again are introduced to the protagonists Elder and Amy and their continued journey through space to find another habitable planet. Orion, the previous Elder, has been frozen, and his secrets remain for Amy and Elder to find out. He sends them through a treasure hunt and what they find is impossible, terrible, and frightening.
This book starts off with a bang. We are introduced to a world without Phydus, and people wake up and have free will for the first time in generations. Unsurprisingly, Elder has his hands full in trying to keep people alive and healthy. Amy, at the same time, is following clues to figure out what Orion has been hiding. This double perspective works extremely well and is necessary to follow both of these journeys. The description is lush and again, I am very impressed with Revis' command of science fiction but firmly in a YA style that is easy to follow. The setup of everything comes at a good pace, and I was never bored but fascinated when we get more backstory into the world. I liked how the deterioration of this very structured world came about-- I thought it was well done.
That said, I have to say I was disappointed when the secrets were revealed. Perhaps, because the beginning of the book was so strong, it was difficult to live up to this expectation. I wasn't convinced that the secret Orion was keeping was so awful that it made sense to kill people. I also thought that Bartie could have been better developed-- the way his side story resolved was a little too pat and quick although made logical sense.
Overall, I am eager to see what Revis will bring to the table for the third book. She has a lot of places she can go with the story, and she has made this world broad enough so that it makes sense for it to be told in a trilogy. Beautifully written, with great characters, this is a solid second book.
I loved this book! I thought it was better than the first but not by a ton. The reason being, the first book was great but it left a lot of questions. This installment answered a lot of questions but left us with a HUGE question at the end. I don't want to give anything away, so I won't say what the cliffhanger is. I will say that I loved how this wasn't just a second book setting up the end, it was also a beautifully written story and continuation of the first book. I LOVE this series! Any and all small issues I had with Across the Universe were put to rest with A Million Suns.
Onto what I liked about the characters. Elder really grew up in this book. While I think he made some mistakes, his process of growth was a TRUE learning process and he learned from the mistakes made by Eldest and Orion. Though he wasn't perfect I think he tried his best and towards the end I really had a lot of respect for him. He went from being a boy to a true leader. I also respected him TREMENDOUSLY for not hooking that drug machine back up and shutting all those morons up during the riots. (I'm trying to be as vague as possible)
While I like Amy, I do wish we got to know her just a tiny bit more. She was just a bit hard around the edges and I wish she seemed just a bit more human to me at times. Though, in her situation I can understand the desperation and drive she had to get off the Godspeed. Orion redeemed himself for me in this book too. I'm not giving anything away either so no getting mad at me. We got to learn about his history and motives in this book and I understood him a lot better. I think when/if he gets unfrozen he might (?) be a pretty cool character.
Overall I loved this book. I think I gave the first book 4 stars because I had a few minor issues, but this book was truly so fun to read. I'll definitely have to re-read it someday though, the suspense was killing me and I read as fast as I could! Good thing I bought it for my Kindle or I SO would've peeked at the ending!! Very good book, recommended to all!!