Book Review: A Million Suns by Beth Revis

Again, sorry for the multiple book reviews in one day. But this is the last day to share my book reviews if I’m also going to post my goals and wrap-ups for the year, so I figured I should go ahead and post them all today. Only two more after this!

Title: A Million Suns (GoodReads) 
Author: Beth Revis
Page Count: 386
F/NF: Fiction
Genre: YA Science Fiction

Goodreads Summary:
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 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 about the ship, he and Amy race to discover the truth behind life on Godspeed. They must work together to unlock a mystery that was set in motion hundreds of years earlier. Their success—or failure—will determine the fate of the 2,298 passengers aboard Godspeed. But with each step, the journey becomes more perilous, the ship more chaotic, and the love between them more impossible to fight.

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.

Opinion:
I’m always a bit worried going into sequels when I’ve absolutely loved the first book. It’s really hard to live up to those sorts of expectations. This book, however, did a pretty decent job of that. I didn’t love this book as much as the first one, but I still really enjoyed it. I thought that we had gotten all of the lies out of the way in the first book, but it turns out Amy and Elder have a lot more to figure out before their story is done. They still have more lies to uncover, plus they have to deal with all the people on the ship.

I have to say that I really felt for Elder in this one. He has so much that he has to do, but he was never really prepared for any of it. He wants to be a good leader, but he doesn’t want to use Phydus. I can understand that, but I still spent most of this book shouting “Oh, just drug them all!” in my head. Maybe it’s a good thing I’m not in charge of a large group of people.

A lot of people saw the ending in the first book coming, and I probably would have, too, had I not been hoping for something else. This book I found slightly more predictable. I nailed one aspect of it, but the I was still surprised by part of it, which is good. I did feel like a bunch of stuff got resolved a bit too quickly, but overall I still really enjoyed this book. I read it quickly, and I had to start reading the next book immediately after I finished this one, so I would say job well done.

Rating: 9/10

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Posted on December 29, 2013, in 52in52, Reading. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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