Sunday, 18 August 2013

REVIEW: A MILLION SUNS BY BETH REVIS



Godspeed was once 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. Everywhere she looks, she sees the walls of the spaceshipGodspeed.

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. (Summary via goodreads)


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A Million Suns is the sequel to Across the Universe, hence this review may contain mild spoilers but not major ones. I hadn't planned to read this right away after Across the Universe, but I found myself on holiday on the beach for the whole day with nothing but my kindle, and so I thought, why not? I ended up reading over three quarters of it that day. A Million Suns is just as fast-paced, addictive and exciting as it's predecessor.  

I absolutely adored the plot of this one. If the first book was mysterious, then this one was just something else completely. I couldn't put it down because I had to know exactly what was going on with Godspeed, why Orion had left clues and who was taking them.  I was as desperate as Amy to find out the truth, and every step closer I got to finding out made me more and more excited. I just loved the direction the story went in, and how the main characters dealt with it. It was all just so believable, how the ship reacted when finding out the truth, how Elder then reacted to the ships reaction and even how Amy was dealing with everything. I was happy that the near-rape incident in Across the Universe was touched on more, because I felt it was skipped over in the first book. 

As for the major twists, did anyone else see the planet related twist coming?! I called it from about half way through the first book, and I was so happy with myself when it was revealed that I literally shouted "I KNEW IT!" and gained a few weird looks from my family members. As for the other major twist, who was intercepting and changing the clues ... I didn't see it coming, and looking back I really should have, but oh well, I loved it all the same. 

I think I'll go as far as saying I love this more than Across The Universe, the characters just develop so much more and the love story does as well. I know I gushed over this in my review of the first book but I have to say it again; it's just so refreshing for the two main characters to not be instantly in love. They're not a couple at the beginning of the book and they don't become one by the end, and I like it. It's realistic given the situation, and just makes me root for them even more. 

This was one of the rare times when I love a sequel just as much (if not even more) as I loved the first book. If you've read across the universe and you're debating continuing the series, definitely DO IT. It gets even better. 











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