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Monday, January 30, 2012

Book Review: A Million Suns by Beth Revis

A Million Suns (Across the Universe, #2) 

**I received this book from Around the World ARC Tours for review** 

Synopsis (from Goodreads):  Godspeed was 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. And 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 enact his vision - no more Phydus, no more lies.
But when Elder discovers shocking news about the ship, he and Amy race to discover the truth behind life on Godspeed. They must work together to unlock a puzzle that was set in motion hundreds of years earlier, unable to fight the romance that's growing between them and the chaos that threatens to tear them apart.
In book two of the Across the Universe trilogy, New York Times bestselling author Beth Revis mesmerizes us again with a brilliantly crafted mystery filled 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.

My Thoughts:  I was so excited the other day because I had (literally) just finished Across the Universe and my awesome mailman brought me this one!  I would have finished it the next day but my kids think they need to do school, eat and take baths.  Silly kids!

If you have not read Across the Universe, stop reading this now and go to your library or closest book store, get it and read it!  Okay, just kidding but if you haven't read it, stop reading here as this review will have some spoilers for Across the Universe.

A Million Suns begins right after Across the Universe ends.  Eldest is dead and now Elder is trying to lead the ship without Phydus, the drug that kept all the feeders obedient and "empty".  Now the feeders are starting to think for themselves and they are thinking that they don't like to be lead by Elder.  Elder is fighting to keep control and it isn't working out too well.  Especially when someone starts to kill people on ship.

I have to be honest here and say that (while I loved this book) Amy really started to annoy me at times.  She was so sure that Elder needed to rule the ship without Phydus and yet couldn't help him at all.  I could see where Phydus would be a good thing to have and use, especially when things started to get out of control.  Then, towards the end, Elder makes a decision that Amy doesn't like at all and she freaks out!  It's like she wants to control Elder but luckily he sticks to his guns.  I also don't like how she continues to push Elder away and then pull him close only to push him away again.

I really liked how Elder started to come into his own in this book.  He had to deal with some serious issues here and when faced with all the challenges, he pulled through.  He really became a leader towards the end and I enjoyed watching that. 

I loved how Orion, while being still being frozen, was still extremely involved in this book.  Orion has left clues all over the ship for Amy.  The clues lead to what Eldest's biggest secret was.  Orion was very clever in how he left the clues and it was fun trying to figure them out.

I both loved and hated Bartie.  It really seemed like he just wanted to cause trouble for trouble's sake.  Some of his arguments didn't really make sense and if the feeders were thinking rationally they would have figured that out (I can't say what I want to here due to no spoilers so you will just have to read it and see if you agree with me).  Anyways, for Bartie's argument to be true, he would be dead too.  But, at the end, I thought Bartie really came around and I liked his character again.

While I did figure out who the villain was in this book rather quickly, it was still riveting!  I had no idea what Eldest's secret was and I sped through the book dying to find out!  The end of the book leaves you literally begging for more!  I cannot wait to find out what happens next to Amy and Elder and to Bartie. 

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