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.
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Today we’re bringing you a double two-fer: two Bookworms reviewing the same book AND a review and a give-away! More about the give-away after the review!
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I couldn’t wait to get into this book! I was late to the Across The Universe party, but it was so very fresh in my mind as I listended to A Million Suns.
I loved coming back to these characters that I had grown so close to in the first book. I really connected with more than just Elder and Amy and so it was with great pleasure that I was able to sink back into the world aboard Godspeed and I have to admit that I was dying to see how everyone on the ship carried on after the way things ended in the first book.
Plus Ms. Revis didn’t take it easy on Elder and Amy in this second book. It would have been easy to make the obstacles all exterior, give them something to fight against rather than something internal they needed to struggle with. I think this second installment is stronger because of all the doubt they needed to work through: doubt about themselves and about their roles with each other.
Also, it was refreshing that there was none of the typical “second book love triangle” storyline. I’m not saying I don’t enjoy a good YA Romance love triangle, I do, it’s just that it’s nice to have the occasional YA book that might feature romantic elements but is something primarily other than a romance, and both Across The Universe and A Million Suns had plots that revolved far more about a mystery than the romance.
Heather, what did you think?
I’d read Across the Universe when it first came out last year, and I’d even though I’m not the biggest fan of science fiction, I loved it. But Beth Revis’ series isn’t so much sci-fi as it is character driven, and A Millions Suns delivers a big punch in terms of this. The second book picks up right where the first one left off, with Elder taking over for Eldest and now leading the ship. He has to make some very hard decisions about how to be a leader to these people, and he definitely struggles with how to do that differently than Eldest did. One of the main things that he tries to do is keep the people of the ship off of Phydus, the controlling drug that keeps everyone working, calm, and complacent. But giving them back the free will that they’ve never really known they had can be a big mistake, and Elder soon finds out who is with him and who turns against him while he tries to determine what lies Eldest told him.
Amy is struggling throughout this book–with being an outsider and very different from everyone else aboard Godspeed, but also with what her place is now that she was awoken early by Elder. Orion believed that she is the key to the ships salvation, and he has left her clues to decide their fate. But someone else has other plans and interferes. And now that everyone is off of Phydus, she is even more of a target since everyone really notices how different she is from everyone else, and a lot of people resent her since Elder has such a weakness when it comes to Amy.
The main thing that I took away from A Million Suns was just how alone someone can be, no matter what their status is or how many friends they have. Elder is still completely alone even though he is now the leader of the ship. He can’t trust anyone with a rebellion brewing, and he’s not even sure if he can trust himself anymore. Amy is even more isolated than she was before even though she has free reign of the ship, and she finds that she can’t trust anyone either. But Elder and Amy cling to the hope that their uncertain relationship will survive whatever happens on board.
I loved A Million Suns as much if not more than the first book! If you haven’t had the pleasure, you need to pick these books up NOW!
This was a solid second book, full of surprising and unexpected twists. Even if you don’t particulary like sci-fi, you’ll probably enjoy these books.
I was a bit disappointed by the change in narrators in this book. I really came to love Lauren Ambrose and Carlos Santos in their rendition of Across the Universe and while I didn’t actually notice that Lauren had been replaced by Tara Carrozza but I really didn’t prefer Lucas Salvano to Carlos Santos.
Final Notes and Give Away
So, now we get to the give-away portion. YAY!!!
And Heather and I (Pushy) had a great idea that for this give-away, since Beth Revis is coming to our town next week, we’d offer a copy of the book personalized to the winner!!!
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