A Million Suns (Across the Universe Series #2)

A Million Suns (Across the Universe Series #2)

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by Beth Revis

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Book 2 in the New York Times bestselling trilogy, perfect for fans of Battlestar Gallactica and Prometheus!


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

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Book 2 in the New York Times bestselling trilogy, perfect for fans of Battlestar Gallactica and Prometheus!


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.

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"A fast-paced, action-packed follow-up . . . that explores not only the nature of authority and loyalty but fear of the unknown and fulfilling one's personal destiny. —LA Times

"Setting and plot are the heart and soul of this ripping space thriller, and they're unforgettable." —Kirkus Reviews, starred review

"Revis just might make straight-up sci-fi cool again." —Booklist


"Entirely original, deeply compelling, and totally unputdownable—I've found a new favorite!" —Carrie Ryan, New York Times bestselling author of The Forest of Hands and Teeth"A murder mystery, a budding romance, and a dystopian world gracefully integrated into a sci-fi novel that blows away all expectation." —Melissa Marr, New York Times bestselling author of Wicked Lovely"A horrifying and deliciously claustrophobic masterpiece that's part sci-fi, part dystopian, and entirely brilliant." —Kiersten White, New York Times bestselling author of Paranormalcy and Supernaturally

Children's Literature - Desiree Solso
A Million Suns by Beth Revis is captivating from the first chapter. The second book in the "Across the Universe" trilogy is more than capable of standing alone. Readers do not need to have read the first book in the series. The chapters alternate between recalling the story from the perspective of Amy and Elder or what new perspective—stated at the beginning of each chapter. The unique formatting of the book was easy to follow and added an extra depth of insight into the two main characters. Three months ago Amy was frozen in a cryo-chamber waiting to be woken up once GodSpeed reached Centauri-Earth. Now, she is in a fight for her life as she tries to unravel the mysterious clues left to her by the murdering Orion. As she is told that she has a choice she needs to make, she is left with more questions than answers. Needing a friend and someone she can trust, Amy reaches out to Elder. Elder, who recently began his role at Eldest on Godspeed, is torn between his duties to the people on the ship and his desire to give Amy what she wants most. As the clues unravel and they discover that not only has the ship stopped, but it is at the planet already, and it has been for years. As a rebellion forms and the ship is almost destroyed to prevent the planet landing, the people of Godspeed are split into two groups. One group is following Elder and will proceed to the emergency shuttle and will begin their new life on the planet. A second group, following Bartie, will remain on Godspeed until the ship can no longer support the colony. While Amy feels that staying on Godspeed is suicide, Elder understands their fear of landing somewhere new and their desire to stay in what they consider their home. The riveting second book in the series ends with Amy and Elder preparing to land on the Centauri-Earth. Filled with mystery, intrigue, deception, and romance readers will be itching to read the final book in the series. Reviewer: Desiree Solso
VOYA - Ed Goldberg
It has been three months since Orion murdered Eldest and sixteen-year-old Elder inherited the position as leader of Godspeed, the spaceship bound for a new world, Centauri-Earth. It is also three months since Amy, cryogenically frozen to make the 300-year trip with her parents, was revived early. One of Elder's first actions was to eliminate the use of Phydus, the mind-numbing drug dispensed through the ship's oxygen. This is the first time this generation has been able to think for itself, not merely follow orders; the result is potential chaos and mutiny. Amy, during her shipboard wanderings, discovers a microchip containing a video from Orion, frozen after murdering Eldest, directed toward her. He tells Amy that, having lived on Earth, she is the last hope, the contingency plan, to make the right decision. He leaves a series of clues, leading her to discover a major life-changing secret for those aboard Godspeed. A Million Suns is the second book in Revis's Across the Universe trilogy. While it does stand on its own, reading Across the Universe (Razorbill, 2011/VOYA February 2011) is beneficial. It has the same cast as the first book, and there is plenty of action. Amy and Elder's relationship develops. Several characters' duplicitous ways emerge. This reader, however, could not connect with any of the characters and found the book to be a slower read than the first—more a means to get to book three than a significant story itself. If Across the Universe circulated well, buy A Million Suns. Reviewer: Ed Goldberg
VOYA - Nicole Drago
In her second novel in the Across the Universe trilogy, Revis takes the reader on a journey into another time and world. Amy and Elder are facing regular teenage issues, magnified by the fact that they have the fate of an entire ship resting on their shoulders. While Amy pieces together a mystery that forces her to make a life-changing decision, Elder tries to save a ship and society that may be broken beyond repair. In a thrilling, fast-paced novel, Revis raises questions about human nature and relationships that will shock and generate in her readers a new outlook on life. This book is recommended for those interested in science and realistic fiction. Reviewer: Nicole Drago, Teen Reviewer
School Library Journal
Gr 10 Up—In this sequel to Across the Universe (Penguin, 2011), it's been more than three months since Elder woke Amy from her cryogenic state. In that time, life on Godspeed has become increasingly dangerous and unpredictable. Since Elder demanded that the tranquilizing drug Phydus be removed from the water supply, people have awakened to their real emotions, and many are violent, angry, or depressed. Elder is faced with the very real possibility of rebellion, which he doesn't have time for because he's desperately trying to figure out what has gone wrong with the ship's engines. Also, food supplies are running low and the ship is beginning to break down. Meanwhile, Amy has found clues left for her by the murderous Orion that will lead her to a truth kept secret for many years. The first half of A Million Suns drags: the mystery that Amy is trying to solve isn't initially terribly compelling, and her relationship with Elder doesn't develop much more than in the previous book. However, his character begins to be fleshed out a bit more as he wrestles with what it means to be a leader, though this sequel isn't as strong as the first book, readers who stick with it will find themselves engrossed by the second half, and, thanks to the cliff-hanger ending, will be anxious to follow up with the third installment.—Heather M. Campbell, formerly at Philip S. Miller Library, Castle Rock, CO
Kirkus Reviews
Opening soon after the bleak ending of Across the Universe (2011), this captivating middle volume takes Godspeed's 2,763 residents through commotion, twists and game-changers. Sixteen-year-old Elder (he refuses the title Eldest, despite being the ship's leader now) learned in the trilogy opener that Godspeed's weakened engine offers no chance of planet-landing for many decades. But Elder's been studying physics, and he's newly skeptical. Confronting the Shippers who physically run Godspeed begins a string of surprising reveals, and so does a set of clues left by a cryogenically frozen rebel. Among this population that's been shipborn for generations, Earthborn Amy sticks out like a sore thumb (in race-coded ways that are troubling when examined closely). Amy wants off the 10 square miles of this metal-walled spaceship. The environment (levels; elevators; fields under a solar lamp; crammed stacks of city buildings) gives the plot (food hoarding, rape, riots, revolution) an acute tension. Amy and Elder alternate narrating in first person. Their voices aren't distinct, their actions and characterizations frustrating in many ways, but it hardly matters: Revis' shining brilliance is the fierce tension about survival (is Godspeed deteriorating? can people survive terrorism inside an enclosed spaceship?) and the desperate core question of whether any generation will ever reach a planet. Setting and plot are the heart and soul of this ripping space thriller, and they're unforgettable. (Science fiction. 14 & up)

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Penguin Young Readers Group
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Across the Universe Series, #2
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5.64(w) x 8.06(h) x 1.12(d)
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14 Years

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"A fast-paced, action-packed follow-up . . . that explores not only the nature of authority and loyalty but fear of the unknown and fulfilling one's personal destiny. --LA Times

"Setting and plot are the heart and soul of this ripping space thriller, and they're unforgettable." --Kirkus Reviews, starred review

"Revis just might make straight-up sci-fi cool again." --Booklist


"Entirely original, deeply compelling, and totally unputdownable--I've found a new favorite!" —Carrie Ryan, New York Times bestselling author of The Forest of Hands and Teeth "A murder mystery, a budding romance, and a dystopian world gracefully integrated into a sci-fi novel that blows away all expectation." —Melissa Marr, New York Times bestselling author of Wicked Lovely "A horrifying and deliciously claustrophobic masterpiece that's part sci-fi, part dystopian, and entirely brilliant." —Kiersten White, New York Times bestselling author of Paranormalcy and Supernaturally

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A Million Suns: An Across the Universe Novel 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 141 reviews.
chapterxchapter More than 1 year ago
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...!
BooksWithBite More than 1 year ago
Okay, I admit. I was a bit skeptical picking up this book seeing as the first book was good but didn't really catch my attention as much as I wanted it to. Still, I wanted to read the next book just to see what happens. Ms. Revis, I tip my hat to you.You have not only single-handingly blew me away, but you totally caught me off guard with your amazing plot pacing! What amazed me about this book is the great plot. Not only was I intrigued and drawn immediately to such an amazing world, but my heart pounded! I was so excited to be in Amy shoe's following clues to a dark secret hidden in the Godspeed. That's what got me hooked, the secret. The clues that Amy must find in order to enure survival. Ms. Revis pulls in her readers strongly with a temptation I could not resist. Did I find the secret? You bet I did. The characters of the book were so awesome. They grown up so much and understand so much more. Both Elder and Amy rely on each other smarts as well as each other strength to get them through. I adored that in moment by themselves, they had a peace that no one could enter. That their love grew strongly no matter what was happen at that very moment. Ms. Revis built such a wonderful relationship for the reader to fall into. At every point of view switch, the reader is not confused or left behind. Instead, the reader is brought to a whole new level of reading. A level where the reader is the character and can see, feel everything they can. A Million Suns is a phenomenally successful story that everyone should read. It is a timeless piece of friendship, love and lost. A Million Suns is a fantasy epic with undeniable victory in the writing. With a moving plot that knocks you off your feet, A Million Suns is a must read!
OtotheD More than 1 year ago
In A Million Suns, Ms. Revis ups the adrenaline factor. After the events of the first book, the ship is in chaos, and Elder struggles to keep things running without resorting to the inhumane control of the previous Eldest. The entire time I was reading/listening to this book, I had to pause for minute. I’m a very immersive reader if given the proper setting and descriptive prose (which Ms. Revis gives in spades). Often times I felt myself getting claustrophobic as I would imagine what it would be like to be stuck inside a huge ship, in the middle of outer space, with no chance of getting out while all of this chaos is taking place. I mean, can you imagine being trapped inside a spaceship with no chance of escape? Not being able to go outside for fresh air, or just jump in the car and go somewhere to clear your head? Freaky! I loved the mystery that Amy and Elder find themselves engaged in. It was exciting and not once did I completely figure everything out before it was finally revealed. There are also a lot of questions about human behavior and how far you can go when trying to control a society out of control. The line between right and wrong is often blurred and will definitely make you think. This is an amazing read, and if you’ve not yet read the first book, I HIGHLY recommend this series. The ending was perfect and I can’t wait for the next book!
twimom101 More than 1 year ago
If I had to come up with only 2 words to describe A MILLION SUNS it would be ‘gripping suspense’. So gripping it was almost paralyzing. I can only imagine what Revis felt when writing it; to have to experience certain scenes over and over again until she got the story just right. And man did she nail it. There were times I had to lay the book down and take a calming breath. I seemed to have the same fear running through me as the characters had running through them. Just so darn intense! Now it has been some time since I finished ACROSS THE UNIVERSE, so I am a little ashamed to say I had forgotten a little bit of how it ended. But Revis gives us readers a little history without it ruining the beginning of the story. It is just enough to remind us what happened previously and once I remembered I was immediately caught up in the story. Caught up in the characters…caught up in the deception…caught up in the impending destruction of a once civilized ship. I really cannot go on much more in fear of leaking the story line and ruining it for everyone. But know this…if you read ACROSS THE UNIVERSE then you will want to read A MILLION SUNS. I felt it was much better than the first book thanks to the suspenseful scenes, the growing feelings between Elder and Amy, and some really whack job characters you’d like send out the space chute. Fav Lines… I’m the only one who’s ever opened her eyes as wide as she can and still see only the heavens. ***** Just that if I was back on Earth instead of on this damn ship, if I had met Elder at school or at a club or on a blind date, if I had my choice between Elder and every other boy in the world…Would I love him then? Would he love me? Love without choice isn’t love at all. “Just that I don’t want to be with you just because there’s no one else.”
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Frex! January cannot come fast enough! This is my absolute favorite series that isnt yet a fandom. Its so good and exceeded my expectations so well I cant even decide whether i like the first or second better. I can understand why people dont like Amy. She is bratty and annoying sometimes. However i think that the author represented the character very well. Shes more of a typical teenage girl, maybe a little more sensitive and emotional. The point is, Ms. Revis wasnt going for a Katniss Everdeen herione. Amy is her own character and I cant wait to see how she changes throughout the third book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
First book was amazing saving up for this book! Soooooo much tension in my body! Just finished Across The Universe about a min ago litteraly! It was amazing! Think im gonna read Insurgent by Veronica Roth if you like this book read Divergent by Veronica Roth then the second book, Insurgent great books!
erinleighh More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Much better than the first one! If you liked the first one your going to love this one. :)))
surroundedbybooks More than 1 year ago
A MILLION SUNS by Beth Revis blasts off from the page and will keep you reading until the very end. As chaos threatens Elder’s tentative rule over Godspeed, Amy grasps hold of a puzzle set in motion by Orion to keep her fears at bay. But when the ship is plagued by strange murders, Amy and Elder must unite to figure out what Orion was trying to tell them and who is killing off citizens who don’t follow the leader. The only thing they really know, though, is they have to get off this ship. A MILLION SUNS, to put it in their terms, is frexing brilly. The plot is fast-paced, so the reader will be tearing through the pages as fast as possible. Revis excels at creating tension in every chapter, on every page. I felt like I was holding my breath the entire time I read it. Since this is book two of the series, the characters are familiar, but we go deeper into their psyche, their hopes, their fears. The mystery surrounding the ship and people keeps readers of the edge of their seats. The romance is messy, awkward, passionate, everything a teenage romance should be. The political undertones and philosophy add another dimension to this novel very familiar to our own times. I love how the reader can follow along with the clues in the main mystery, although Revis keeps some surprises to the very end. I’d give Beth Revis’s A MILLION SUNS a million stars, if I could. I love this series in a “stand in line at midnight on opening night at the movie theater” way.
Cupcakegirly More than 1 year ago
Stars! How the frex am I supposed to wait another year to find out what happens with Amy and Elder?! *sighs* There's always pressure for an author to deliver a follow up book that's just as good if not better than the first and "A Million Suns" does not disappoint. This sequel has it all, action, adventure, romance, even a mystery to solve that could change the fate of everyone aboard the Godspeed. As Elder continues to solidify his role as Godspeed's new leader, he's met with resistance especially now that Phydus is no longer in use. The fact that there are many who view Amy as a threat doesn't help, and things only get more complicated after Elder uncovers a shocking secret, one that will have he and Amy searching for clues that could affect everyone on board. The more time they spend together, the less they're able to deny the feelings that are developing between them but Amy still questions. She believes love is a choice and wonders if she and Elder weren't the only two their age, if they both had a choice, would they still choose each other? Better yet, would she still choose Elder because, let's face it, we KNOW he'd choose her. (Personally, I think she needs to "choose" to stop frexing thinking so much.) As their search continues, becoming more dangerous at every turn, the ship goes into complete chaos. Frex! Will Amy and Elder be able to find the answers they need in time and at what cost? Trusts will be broken, loyalties questioned, lives lost and love tested, all for the sake of hope in a New Earth...a new beginning.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I finished my copy last night and all I can say is. WOW!!! An amazing read, mouth dropping, speechless, non stop thrill ride.. There is never a dull moment and chapter 57 (i think that is the one) will have you on the edge and wanting more... Great job Beth Revis. Too bad and so sad that we have to wait another year for the finale book.. Can't wait.
Best-of-YA 23 days ago
For more reviews go to: http://best-of-ya.blogspot.com/ With Eldest gone, it is up to Elder to lead the the people of Godspeed as they (hopefully) continue their journey to Centauri-Earth. But without Phydus this proves extremely difficult. With everyone finally thinking for themselves, chaos ensues and Elder has to find a way to not only get people back to work to ensure everyone has enough to eat, but he also has to deal with a death count that is swiftly rising and figure out how to stop a mutiny. And if all of that wasn’t difficult enough for a sixteen-year-old to handle, he discovers a startling secret about the engine that has been kept since the Plague. His only hope at fixing this new problem comes in the form of a video message left for Amy by Orion. Orion hints at an even scarier secret and a decision that must be made about it, one he feels only Amy can make. Using clues left by Orion himself, Amy and Elder try to figure out what to do before everyone on board tears the ship apart. A Million Suns is the second book in the Across the Universe trilogy by Beth Revis. Since this is a sequel, I won’t go into too much detail because I definitely don’t want to ruin this for anybody. This book was action packed from the beginning and, once again, I could not put it down! I didn’t think there would be too much information we didn’t already know about Godspeed since A LOT was revealed in the first book, but I could not have been more wrong. The secrets that have been kept on that ship for centuries is astonishing. But it’s easy to see how no one ever found out the truth since 90% of the ship was drugged out of their minds for just as long. I love being shocked and this book definitely did that over and over again. I really liked Amy in the first book, but in this one she got on my last nerve. She is super selfish and bossy and gets mad at Elder if he doesn’t do what she wants. He tries to make decisions that will make everyone on board happy and will help them survive because that is his job and what he has been preparing for his whole life. It’s hard for her to understand these decisions sometimes because she grew up in a completely different environment with different people and a different type of government. Because of this, she feels that his decisions aren’t right for the people of Godspeed even though he knows them better than anyone. Granted he is young and impulsive and may not always know exactly what to do, but she should have trusted and believed in him like she constantly says she does. I think he does the right thing at the end even if Amy thinks he is crazy for letting it happen.
Dazzlamb More than 1 year ago
Three months have passed since the events of ACROSS THE UNIVERSE. Elder rules Godspeed and Amy is still adapting to life on the spaceship. When a revolution starts building and mysterious clues about the ship's history appear, the chance for a happy landing is dropping rapidly. A MILLION SUNS is practically a big hunt for clues as to what happened on Godspeed many years ago, what the future holds and how the past might still have the power to influence the present. The story was fast when I needed it to be fast and reveal many details at once. And when it came to my favourite moments and I wanted them to last longer, my wish was granted. Beth's writing is in an unique sync with her reader. The chapters alternate between Amy and Elder's point of view, both fabulously written! Amy and Elder's romance is even better than it was in the first book (and that was one book I loved to pieces!). So I'd say A MILLION SUNS has everything you expect from a great sci-fi space adventure. 5/5 ***** A MILLION SUNS - Beth Revis's Godspeed appears like a whole new YA world of its own. A MILLION SUNS is one of the best sequels I have ever read. I'm considering myself very lucky to have been introduced to the sci-fi genre by Beth Revis' excellent trilogy. I have already read all three books in the series. Wish I could get a do-over and read this trilogy for the first time again.
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I absolutely loved this book! Revis does not dissapoint!
Zeeelicious More than 1 year ago
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
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I feel like I read the 2nd book just because I read the 1st one and felt like I should. These books are such a great premise, but sadly not executed well. The hero and heroine just continue to make bad, illogical decisions. Elder keeps coming off as a foolish dictator and Amy is just mean and childish and seems to be a bit of a sociopath- who wants her boyfriend to be the ruler so bad she will kill anyone who gets in her way. For goodness sake, thaw out some adults!!
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Rascal_93638 More than 1 year ago
Have you ever read a book that you thought would be great if it were written by someone else? That is this series. The WHOLE series. I really hoped maybe the second book, A million Suns, would be better but it was just more of the same monotony of melodrama, inconsistency, and seemed to be written in the hopes that it would be turned into a movie. Reality check Beth, it won't. Save your money and read something worthy of your time and intellect. It's really one of those books, and series', that make you stop that think, "wow, someone read this and thought it was worthy of being published." Hopefully, she will mature in her writing style and content. Until then, I will be sure to steer clear of anything written by this author.  I highly suggest you take a gander at the Divergent series. Divergent and Insurgent were both magnificent. Allegiant, the final book in the trilogy, hasn't dropped yet but if it's anything like it's predecessors, it is destined to be a winner. The Partials series is great and so is Ashfall/Ashen Winter, and the Birthmarked series. There are so many wonderful reads out there. Don't wast your money and time on this...
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***Review posted at The Eater of Books! blog*** A Million Suns by Beth Revis Book Two of the Across the Universe Trilogy Publisher: Razorbill Publication Date: January 10, 2012 Rating: 5 stars Source: won a giveaway I won a signed copy of book from author C.J. Redwine's blog shortly after its release in early 2012, which was very exciting for me, because I thoroughly enjoyed Across the Universe. I was apprehensive, because of my high expectations, as well as because of the mysterious sophomore slump, in which sequels do not live up to their smashing starting novel. I have to say (and you can tell by my rating), A Million Suns exceeded my expectations and beyond - if I could give it more stars, I would. Summary (because Amazon): 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. 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. When Elder learns shocking news about the ship, he and Amy must race to discover the truth behind life on Godspeed. They must work together to unlock a mystery that was set in motion hundreds of years earlier. Their success--or failure--will determine the fate of the 2,298 passengers who remain aboard Godspeed. But with each step, the journey becomes more perilous, the ship more chaotic, and love between them more impossible to fight. 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 Liked:  First, it just gets more and more twisted as it goes! Ms. Revis knows how to spin a plot around and around to keep readers guessing! I do not want to mention specifics, but seriously, this book just kept getting better and better.  And for those of you that, like me, liked the small hints of romance in Across the Universe, and wanted to see more, you will. Amy and Elder do not do anything irresponsible (just saying), but their relationship changes dramatically, as Elder assumes the role of Eldest.  A fair warning: there is so much death in this book! Ms. Revis has no mercy! I am almost terrified to read Shades of Earth! But at the same time, I am so excited. The ending of A Million Suns was crazy! Trust me when I say, this book did NOT undergo the sophomore slump. Ms. Revis has created a masterpiece of a sequel. What I Did Not Like:  Like I said in my review of Across the Universe, not much was there that I did not like. I was glad to see the alternating points of view still consistent throughout the novel. There is still no love triangle (YAY!). And the science part of science makes sense.  I guess a complaint I have is that I now own the pretty, shiny hardcover books of Across the Universe and A Million Suns, and Shades of Earth is that drab green. I hate it when publishers change the covers on readers, especially when there is only one book left in the series! And the paperback versions of Across the Universe and A Million Suns, with the ice blue and glowing yellow covers, respectively, are smaller than the original hardcovers, in terms of size of the actual book (not word or page count). That bothers me, because Shades of Earth will most likely be smaller as well. Which sucks, but I love this series, so I can deal with it. Would I Recommend It:  Yes, yes, yes! It is so worth your time and money to continue this series, especially if you are a crazy science fiction fan like me, and if you are rooting for Amy and Elder as a couple, and as two people trying to find harmony in their small world. Rating:  5 stars (and more if I could give it more!)