Monday, June 25, 2012

A Million Suns by Beth Revis

Release Date: Out now!

Publisher: Puffin

Pages: 386pgs

The Story

Trapped on board the spaceship Godspeed, Amy trusts no-one.

The ship's ruler is dead and a rebellion threatens. Amy wants to help Elder as he tries to take charge, but she's torn between her feelings for him and the chaos that's pulling everything apart. As more harrowing discoveries are made about Godspeed, Amy is caught in a desperate race to unravel its secrets. Only one thing is certain.

They have to get off this ship.

The heart-stopping sequel to Across the Universe: a story of love, murder and madness - set in space.

The Review

After her extraordinary and successful debut novel, Across the Universe, I expected even more excellent things coming from Beth Revis's next sequel. Just like the first novel, I was fairly entertained by A MILLION SUNS and while it didn't exactly live up to my very, very high expectations as I expected from the new second installment, however it's fair to say that it was still a great follow up to yet another great sci-fi YA series!

I won't give away too many details of the storyline, especially for those who haven't read the first book, but this book picks up right after Across the Universe finished at, where Eldest is dead and now the young Elder must resume the duties of taking charge of the spaceship named Godspeed which is easier said than done. Elder, unlike his previous 'mentor', wants to lead his people in the right way and not like robots, however not everyone agrees with this sudden change of leadership and soon all of his actions will erupt into utter chaos. Now as for our main character, Amy, she on the other hand wants nothing more than to get off this ship and feel somewhat 'alive' and 'human' again. While she has strong feelings for Elder but not even her love for him seems to entice her to stay. But when she stumbles onto several clues left by Orion and together with the help of Elder, these two young teens will soon find the missing pieces to the puzzle that they have been searching for and quite possibly . . . they may even have a facedown with a revolt on the spaceship as well. The question is: Will they survive?

Despite some parts of the book being too rushed and a little confusing at times, but what kept me going was the characters. Once again Amy was a great heroine. She was still annoying as hell, and more so in this book than what we've previously seen of her from the first book (after all she's pretty selfish which can be understandable), but this time round I found her character offered more badassery and she had a wonderful mixture of bravery and intelligence to help guide her through the many hardships occuring within the novel which was great to see. And honestly . . . she's the only one whom seemed concerned with what's going on the actual ship, so once again her character shined. Elder however was someone I liked lesser and lesser in this book. Such a shame too. While I respected him trying to do the right thing by his people on board the spaceship and while I respected him in trying his best in caring for our leading lady Amy, but I thought he was incredibly naive and he always seemed to put himself in very difficult situations, which then led to him making even more poor decisions. It was very clear from the beginning that he had no idea what to do when the time came. But with that said, and aside from all of the teen angst being exchanged between Elder and Amy, I still thought they were great characters and offered a drive to the storyline.

Overall, despite a couple of problems I had with this sequel, I'm still really happy that I got the chance to read A MILLION SUNS. While it wasn't my favourite book so far of the series, but I'm very eager to start reading the third and final book of this trilogy, especially with how this book ended . . . it was quite unexpected to say the least!

The Rating 3 1/2 / 5 stars

21 comments:

  1. an awesome ending right
    gr8 review

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    1. A very awesome "omg" ending. Thanks! :)

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  2. I loved Across the Universe, but I have been iffy about reading the sequel. I am glad that, despite the problems, you still enjoyed it. I should move it higher up on my tbr list! Thanks for sharing your thoughts!

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    1. I was iffy about the sequel too but I'm glad I read it. It might not have been as awesome as the first, but I'm still eager for the third book.

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  3. I've heard mixed things about A Million Suns which is why I keep putting it off. Still, I know that middle books often slow down a bit, and that the series will pick up again in the final installment, so I'll look forward to finishing it up soon. It sounds like the ending is a good one!

    Great review!

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    1. I've read mixed opinions too. I understand why they had problems but this sequel is definitely worth the read.

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  4. I haven't read this series yet, but I do own Across the Universe so might start it soon. Glad you liked this one overall, despite the problems you had with Elder. I usually find second books in series to be like this. Great review! :)

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    1. Really? That's a first. Most people have read the first book. But hope you get a chance to read this series soon. It's a pretty odd but awesome book.

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  5. LOL I'm glad that Amy gets better more badass in this book -- I wasn't her biggest fan in Across the Universe and I think that was probably the main reason I'm so hesitant to pick up this book up, but it sounds like she's the star in this book while still being real. I love that about her! :) This book may not be perfect, but I loved how you found tons of positive things to still say about it.

    Amazing review, Erin! :) <3

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    1. I'm glad Amy was badass in this book too. She really changed my mind about her. But yeah, there's plenty to like about this book.

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  6. Oh no! I'm a little worried about this. I obviously haven't read A Million Suns yet and probably won't get to it for another few months, but I guess my wait for book 3 will be shorter then. Fingers crossed that I enjoy this a bit more than you did ;) *prods Amy and Elder* BE GOOD.

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    1. Don't be too worried, Lisa. Amy and Elder, no matter their complications, were pretty cool in this book. Especially Amy which surprised me a bit.

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  7. Sorry to hear you didn’t enjoy it as much. I guess you remember my review when I loved it! But I guess it all comes to taste. I hope all these people above me commenting pick it up and enjoy it for themselves because it is a great and different YA series than what’s out there currently.

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    1. I know! I was a bit disappointed . . . but yeah I remember reading your review so I'm glad you loved it! And for sure! I hope other readers pick up this sequel because it's so different compared to most YA reads out there.

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  8. Oh I love the sound of Amy in this book. It looks like she has improved in some ways. Great review, Erin! I really enjoyed the first book too so can't wait to get round to this. I'll be sure not to set my expectations too high though. :)

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    1. Thanks Sam! Looking forward to reading your thoughts about this sequel.

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  9. I'm loving the sound of Amy growing more badass! Badass + intelligence = Brodie's kind of heroine. Sucks to hear that Elder didn't overly impress you this time. I am super curious about the way it ended... unexpected? TEASE, ERIN! :p Fantastic review! Not sure when I'll end up getting to this, but I'm still looking forward to it :)

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    1. Amy does make some silly decisions but she was definitely badass in this book. And she made better decisions for the most part, which I liked. But Elder . . . damn Elder. *shakes head* Oh the ending, Brodie! You will be going, "NO WAY!" LOL.

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  10. Aw, Erin, I'm so sorry this one fizzled a bit for you! I REALLY loved this one. It's say it was of a 4.5 stars to my 5 star AtU, but damn... it's off, because I REALLY loved it, but I can understand and AGREE with the negatives you've highlighted. I also didn't like Elder as much here.... like, I know he was trying so SO hard, but it was so damn difficult seeing him fail so spectacularly :/

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  11. I have heard such great things about this series. I really need to start reading it soon!

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  12. 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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