Title: A Million Suns
Author: Beth Revis
Genre: Science Fiction
Godspeed was once fueled by lies. Now it is ruled by chaos. It’s been three months. In that time, Amy has learned to hide who she is. Elder is trying to be the leader he’s always wanted to be. But as the ship gets more and more out of control, only one thing is certain: They have to get off the ship.
Across the Universe was one of the few books I read last year that I gave a 3.75 rating to. I had trouble really getting into it and rooting for the characters, but it wasn’t necessarily a bad book, which was why I felt like it would be wrong of me to give it a really low score. Despite that, though, I wasn’t really looking forward to reading this book. Sure, it would count to my 12 Sophomore Books challenge, and my sister said she enjoyed it, but I had other books to read for that challenge and, frankly, I wasn’t really ready to trust my sister’s word, considering she had liked the first book a lot more than I had. I brought it with me on vacation anyway, though, figuring it would be easier to force myself to read it when I didn’t have a whole bookcase of alternatives to turn to. And I’m glad I gave it a chance, because, in my opinion, this was so much better than the first book. It took all the things I liked about the first book while leaving out most of the things that I didn’t, which made me one happy reader.
After the events at the climax of the last book, the main characters are left dealing with the fallout. There are plenty of problems aboard the ship Godspeed, and they’re left with little to help them solve them all. I don’t want to say much more so as not to give away any spoilers for the last book, but I can say a little. I thought Amy’s journey throughout this book, which including following a scavenger hunt of sorts that has deadly consequences, was really interested. I was always trying to figure out what was going on, but it left me confused in a good way. Elder’s problems, meanwhile, mostly center around trying to be a leader for people who don’t necessarily want him. As a result, the two mostly deal with their problems separately, and while that wasn’t necessarily a problem, it annoyed me when they would try to hide things from each other. It probably would have made things so much easier if they had just talked to each other more.
The main thing that annoyed me was Amy at the very end. Again, I can’t say much without giving away a huge part of the plot, but I was really frustrated with the way that she was acting. She was frustrated with the way something was being dealt with, and I had a very hard time agreeing with her. Of course, that’s not a problem with the book itself, but when I kind of want to slap a character because I think she’s being really insensitive and kind of a jerk, that’s not really a good thing.
Now that I enjoyed this book so much, I’m looking forward to the third and final book in the series a lot more than I was before. As long as it’s as good as this book was, or even possibly better, then I will be one happy reader.
Rating: 4.5 out of 5 stars