Book Review: A Million Suns

A Million Suns CoverBook: A Million Suns by Beth Revis

Published January 2012 by Penguin|318 pages

Where I Got It: Nook store

Series: Across The Universe #2

Genre: YA Sci-Fi/Dystopic

You can find A Million Suns on goodreads & Beth Revis on Twitter, Facebook and her website

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 just 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, he and Amy must race to discover the truth behind life on “Godspeed,” all the while dealing with the love that’s growing between them and the chaos that threatens to tear them apart.

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. 

What I Thought:

I liked A Million Suns more than I expected!  It’s definitely interesting to see how different Elder is from Eldest and how much Elder wants to do things differently.  Elder’s job is definitely difficult given that people are rebelling and everything. Which is the result of no more Phydus.

Elder definitely changed over the course of the book, and finally started to become a pretty good leader by the end of it. And we also see quite a bit of change in Amy, who has her own stuff to work through.  Plus, there are a lot of clues left behind by Orion, who thinks Amy is the only one who can make this really big decision for the entire ship because she’s the only one who’s lived on Earth and not a ship.

I have to say that I was not expecting what Orion revealed!  Just when you thought you knew what was going on, you learned that you didn’t know everything.  It did seem the teensiest bit convenient, but I’m also a bit fuzzy on the details since I waited a bit to review the book.

Still, Revis created this really interesting world, and I can’t wait to see what awaits them off of the ship. There is a part of me that’s hoping we’ll still get a glimpse or two of life on the ship, since we’ve spent so much time there.  I’m really curious as to whether anyone who was frozen will be unfrozen at some point, especially since there’s a group leaving the ship.

On a random but sort of related note: while I love the world Revis has built, I’m getting really irritated by how much frex and chutz are being used.  It’s cool when authors come up with their own slang, I feel like chutz and frex are being overused.  And it kind of feels like they have no other words that they could use in their place.

Let’s Rate It:

I really liked A Millions Suns!  This series is definitely going in a very interesting direction, and I can’t wait to see what happens next.  I thought the big revelation of the ship seem unusually convenient, but I’m still curious about what it means for the characters.  A Million Suns gets 4 stars.

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