Review: A Million Suns by Beth Revis

Publication Date: January 10th, 2012
Razorbill
Format: ARC, 387 pages
Rating: 4 out of 5 Stars
SUMMARY
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.
In book two of the Across the Universe trilogy, New York Times bestselling author Beth Revis mesmerizes us again with a brilliantly crafted mystery filled 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.

Orion is frozen in the cryo chamber. Eldest is dead. The ship is off Phydus; a chemical that subdues and makes an automaton of people and perhaps the only thing that kept the inhabitants of Godspeed surviving for generations. Elder must lead if they ever have any chance of reaching Centauri-Earth. But chaos and mutiny abounds the ship and Orion’s influence seems to be at play now more than ever. Clues like breadcrumbs left for Amy to follow by the same man who attempted to kill the frozens. Food and resources are dwindling as Elder struggles with the knowledge of Godspeed’s engine failures. He’s encumbered with hard choices but is more determined to land Godspeed. With Amy’s help and Orion’s clues, will they find a way to reach Centauri-Earth?

I was absolutely thrilled when I got this in the mail! I’ve mentioned it before that I’ve been lucky enough to be a part of this ARC tour but surprises of surprises when I opened my mailbox to find this – a very humiliating happy dance cum body twitching in front of my husband may have ensued. A Million Suns is one of my much-anticipated reads for 2012 and frex, did it ever deliver! In spades, mind you.

We see a different Elder in here; a more mature and reluctant leader. He’s more passionate with character traits that were more defined without the influence of Phydus. Heck, the entire population of Godspeed showed more character, some uglier than others. It was like watching a community of drug addicts on rehab and struggling to come to terms with having to make decisions without the influence of drugs. The end result was chaos and riots fueled by uncertainty, lies and terror.

Amy’s contintuing saga of having to fight off discrimination was more pronounced as the people of Godspeed realized how important she is to Elder. She was more determined and stronger in this book as she also have come to understand that at the end of the day, Elder couldn’t always protect her from those who wishes to harm her for being different.  The process in which they solved the mystery surrounding Orion’s clues is the best draw of this book for me. Beth Revis didn’t give me a concrete answer to a clue right away; it was like unravelling a complicated rope where one thread leads to another knot.

The best thing about this sci-fi series is that Ms. Revis does not overwhelm you with difficult-to-decipher explanations when it comes to the Scientific elements of her books. A good example is when our two MCs found something of space related (<– spoiler). I really thought those things were as complicated as NASA make it seem and it probably is. But the way she explained how to use did not give me a dazed and confused look while reading. She also simplified the mechanics of the ship, which helped a great deal because the majority of the story spotlights the aging engine.

This sequel did not disappoint; suspense, rebellion, and heart-stopping action were pretty much the main themes. I felt cliff-hangered at the end of Across the Universe – questions lingered for days. Most of those were answered in this book and it somehow felt like I was given some resolutions. A Million Suns was a very exhausting read – not because it was badly written. It’s the opposite. Imagine yourself in a grav tube; the adrenaline of being sucked in by air in a speed governed by G-force. Well, the story is kind of like that. It was relentless. Beth Revis hits you with twists and conflicts that seem never ending. Sabotage, murders, riots. The ending gave me hope and at the same time scared me. I’m now forced to wait even longer for the next instalment, which, judging by how this one ended, will be even more suspenseful and possibly more terrifying than its predecessors.