Thursday, August 18, 2016

Book Review: A Million Suns (Across the Universe #2) by Beth Revis

The blurb as seen on Goodreads:
Release Date: November 21, 2012
Publisher: Razorbill
404 Pages

Book 2 in the New York Times bestselling trilogy, perfect for fans of Battlestar Gallactica and Prometheus!


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 just 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, he and Amy must race to discover the truth behind life on Godspeed, all the while dealing with the love that's growing between them and the chaos that threatens to tear them apart.

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.

A Million Suns shows what happens when basically a body of government breaks down. When you give people back their free will, what will they do with it? This book picks up exactly where the first ended and I like that Revis left nothing out. She completely went for it in this installment. All the truths were laid out - even ones I never thought existed. Lies, murder, conspiracies, backstabbing - this book encompasses them all.

When Elder made the choice to free his people from the drugging of the water, I don't think he anticipated the fallout. Not everyone wanted the truth. What was interesting was how many people preferred to be blind. On the other side, there were the ones who now that they could think for themselves, they didn't want to follow the leader they always had. They wanted to choose their leader and Elder doesn't know how to deal with that. He was so naive in a way. He figured everyone, once freed, would still follow blindly and just accept all that he does as truth.

Then there was Amy. With all the truths mostly uncovered, she just wanted her parents back. She was naive in a different way from Elder. She was so focused on getting to Sol-Earth that she didn't take the time to understand the people of Godspeed. She didn't understand Elder's loyalty to them. She wanted Earth back.

Middle books aren't always the strongest for me. Since they are basically a bridge from the beginning to the end, sometimes they are just info dumps or slow moving plot lines. I didn't feel that with this one. It was it's own beast with it's own problems - some new. It moved the plot along nicely and has me wanting to know what happens now. There's so many unanswered questions. So many things that I just don't trust. I want to be as optimistic as Amy, but it all honesty, I'm scared of what's to come - in a good way though!

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