A Million Suns (Beth Revis)

A Million Suns (Across the Universe, #2)A Million Suns by Beth Revis

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

From Goodreads: "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."

There is something about Beth Revis. She just does not. let. up.

I opened up A Million Suns right before bed, intending to read one chapter... Well, you can guess where this is going. Suddenly it was pretty late, and there was work in the morning, and I was just wrapping up the book. Just what was compelling enough to keep me compulsively glued to the pages?

Well, the action. If you can remember, Across the Universe didn't exactly end on the best of circumstances. A Million Suns just goes downhill (in the best of ways). Bad things happen, and they just keep coming. Things are bad? Well, they're about to get worse. Things are going well? Never a good sign. Revis kept me turning pages as the stakes were raised higher and higher, and each reveal meant coming to terms with the fact that hardly anything on Godspeed was what it seemed. It wasn't like I wasn't sure who was going to survive to the end of the book -- it was more like I wasn't sure who was going to survive to the end of the scene at times.

Second, the romance. In the midst of all this epic sci-fi-thriller-ness, the way that Elder and Amy interacted was, dare I say, totally realistic? They disagreed, neither of them acted the shrinking violet or the ultra-protector, all the while maintaining that slow, closing orbit. Which, of course, made the payoff that much better. I am really interested to see how the relationship will develop given some of the things I'm predicting will happen in the next book...

Confession time: I don't remember Across the Universe that well. Getting caught by all the baits and switches that A Million Suns pulled really made me want to go back and read the first book again, if only to see if I could spot all the tricks. I will definitely be rereading both of these before the third book comes out.

So, onward to the third book! I really enjoyed the ending. Not giving anything away here, but I thought it made complete sense given what I understood of the characters, and it left the door WIDE open for all sorts of shenanigans. Now I'm biting my nails to see what happens next. Given everything that Revis has set up, it can't be anything less than explosive.

Source: I received an ARC of this title through an ARC tour facilitated by www.secretofthestars.com.

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