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Chapter by Chapter review of A Million Suns

I was expecting so much from A Million Suns, the second installment of the Across The Universe trilogy by Beth Revis...and she did not disappoint.

In A Million Suns, we pick up three months later after Across The Universe. Similar problems, but now Elder, who is now...
I was expecting so much from A Million Suns, the second installment of the Across The Universe trilogy by Beth Revis...and she did not disappoint.

In A Million Suns, we pick up three months later after Across The Universe. Similar problems, but now Elder, who is now leader, must face the people on Godspeed who are no longer under the influence of Phydus, thus allowing them all to be able to think for themselves. Good idea or bad, you'll see how this plays out throughout the pages of A Million Suns. On top of that, Elder and Amy are provided clues by a now frozen Orion who leads them on the hunt for clues that will uncover an ultimate secret that they and everyone else on Godspeed will never forget, and that will change the course of their lives...forever.

A Million Suns was a perfect follow up to Across The Universe. Revis has worked her magic again, and has allowed yet another glimpse into this futuristic dystopian world on Godspeed. I found the speed of this installment alot quicker than the last. There was a lot more action within the pages, which made it all the more difficult for me to put down. I was quickly absorbed again by the vast surroundings described in the book. Revis' writing style is so addictive and flows perfectly from page to page.

Again, we are treated with a different point of view for every chapter...that of Elder and of Amy. Some of the chapters were but a few lines/words which I felt really impacted the feel of the situation. A lot of the time, short was definitely sweet. I was, again, emotionally swept up in the different drama's going on throughout the book...sadness for Victria, hate/anger for Luthor and Bartie, love and frustration for Amy and Elder.

We also see a little bit more of the relationship between Amy and Elder in A Million Suns. What I really enjoyed about Across The Universe and A Million Suns was that the main focus was not about wanting or seeing Elder and Amy fall in love and live happily ever after (although there are a few smile/swoon worthy bits), but rather to read about the existence of an entire civilization, see the different problems that happen and to pretty much solve a mystery (or 2).

I devoured this book, as I did the first, and was very hesitant in finishing it. I was just not ready for this ride to end just yet. And when I did finally end my torture, I needed more! During a quick Twitter conversation, Revis had joked that she felt she should have included a warning label for the cliff hanger ending for A Million Suns, and after readingit...she totally should have! I was left with so many questions, and so many different scenarios floating around in my head about what could happen in Shades Of Earth, the third book of this series! I cannot WAIT to see what happens next!

If you were a fan of Aross The Universe, you will definitely want to pick up a copy of A Million Suns. You will not be disappointed, and you will be left wanting...!

posted by chapterxchapter on January 13, 2012

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2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

I tried really hard to like this book . I tried really hard to

I tried really hard to like this book .

I tried really hard to like this book because the base plot, the skeleton of the book, was great. However, I struggled even more to keep reading. I did not like the main characters. I did not like how the author dwelled on seriou...
I tried really hard to like this book .

I tried really hard to like this book because the base plot, the skeleton of the book, was great. However, I struggled even more to keep reading. I did not like the main characters. I did not like how the author dwelled on serious topics such as rape (that had very little to do with the plot) without giving it the seriousness it deserved, but skimmed over most of the emotion behind a rebellion (which was a central plot line) and turned it into a bunch of people waving sticks. The lead female isn't a lead at all, she's just...I can't even describe how much she ruined this book for me. The lead male wasn't much better. All of the characters had personality and emotional inconsistencies that were extreme and, like the first book, reminded me of a soap opera. A *bad* soap opera.

When the author actually focused on the plot and stopped "livening things up" with frivolous drama, the book was pretty good. Predictable, but still good. The ending, with the exception of Amy and her frayed/immature moral compass, was pretty great and kept me interested and allowed me to finish the book.

However, no matter how great the plot is, a book is only as good as its lead characters. And they were terrible.

posted by erinleighh on March 11, 2012

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 16, 2012

    Hmmm

    Ok i love this book...i especially love Eldet....but i jusy have to get this off my chest....i really just want to punch amy in the face ...i kind of really dislike her shes bratty and just stupid...there were times when i literally wanted to stop reading because Amy was just so frexing annoying! I really hope her parente die in the next book ot something because she just needs more going on

    Other than that....the book is awesome...the rest of the characters are great and the whole situation on the ship is suspensful l....cant wait for the next one...dear god though pkease fix amy....just please.

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  • Posted November 20, 2013

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    The Story The sequel to Across the Universe, A Million Suns star

    The Story
    The sequel to Across the Universe, A Million Suns starts three months after Amy Martin woke up from being frozen the Cryo level.  At this point, they have gotten rid of Phydus and stopped Orion from killing off all the frozen military personnel on Godspeed.  Naturally, chaos ensues as the shipborns slowly “wake up” from the influence of Phydus.  It is also at this time that Amy is given a wi-com by Doc which was made by Orion.  Amy finds out that Orion had been leaving her clues as to the secret to Godspeed.  While Elder tries to pacify the shipborns and to prevent a mutiny, secrets are revealed.  As Amy follows the clues, it becomes apparent that she and Elder are slowly drifting apart.  That is, until both of them find out that they have reached Centauri-Earth.




    Apparently, the Shippers (those who are trained to guide the ship to reach Centauri-Earth) aren’t guiding the ship anywhere.  It seems that Godspeed has been orbiting Centauri-Earth for 200 years and it did arrive on time.  According to the vid left by Orion, the probes sent to Centauri-Earth all gave them info that despite the planet being habitable, there were monsters that were already living in the planet.  This was at this time that the Elder system was started.  There was also someone who doesn’t want Amy and Elder to find out that they had already reached the planet.




    Amy and Elder decides to reveal the secret to everyone when the Shipper Level gets blown up.  Narrowly escaping with their lives, the remaining people on board Godspeed look to Elder for answers.  They find out that it was Doc (Godspeed’s physician), who was behind the attack in the Shipper Level and is sentenced to live aboard Godspeed.  Elder also asks the people on board to choose to stay or go to the new planet.  About 800 decide to stay with Bartie as their leader.  The story ends with Elder, Amy, and the other shipborns leaving Godspeed.




    My Thoughts
    I really didn’t enjoy  Across the Universe as much as I hoped and I was dragging to read the sequel.  When it became available at the Los Angeles Public Library, I decided to borrow it.  I thought A Million Suns was okay and a little bit fast paced than the first book.  I felt Elder’s frustration and hopelessness in trying to control a ship with 2,000 plus souls older than him and expecting him to solve all their problems.




    I also wasn’t impressed with Amy.  She acted like a typical teenager who expected everything to be the same as it was on earth.  Because she hated Godspeed, she didn’t understand that the people did not experience a life outside the ship walls and couldn’t understand that they wanted to be left there instead of going with them to Centauri-Earth.




    I admit that the book was a little bit thrilling but it wasn’t what I expected.  It became very hard to put the book down once I found out that they had already reached Centauri-Earth.  When I finished A Million Suns, I immediately started reading Shades of Earth.




    This is the book for you if you love: Sci-Fi, Dystopian-like society, Space Travel.




    ebook borrowed from the Los Angeles Public Library

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  • Posted April 19, 2013

    This was a pretty good follow up to Across the Universe (which I

    This was a pretty good follow up to Across the Universe (which I really enjoyed). 
    Imaginative and suspenseful with the perfect amount of romantic tension. 
    the only damper for me was that I REALLY don't like the Amy character.  At all. 
    She comes off as selfish, reckless & single minded to me, but I guess that is an adults
    perspective of a teenage girl.   

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