A Million Suns (Across the Universe Series #2)

A Million Suns (Across the Universe Series #2)

by Beth Revis

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ISBN-13: 9781595145376
Publisher: Penguin Young Readers Group
Publication date: 11/21/2012
Series: Across the Universe Series , #2
Pages: 416
Sales rank: 177,099
Product dimensions: 5.64(w) x 8.06(h) x 1.12(d)
Age Range: 14 Years

About the Author

Beth Revis is the author of the New York Times bestselling Across the Universe series. Shades of Earth, the third book in the trilogy, will be published in Spring 2013. Beth lives in rural North Carolina with her husband and dog, and believes space is nowhere near the final frontier.

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PRAISE FOR A MILLION SUNS:

"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

PRAISE FOR THE ACROSS THE UNIVERSE TRILOGY:

"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 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 162 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.
BookAddictDiary on LibraryThing 5 months ago
Across the Universe was one of my favorite books of 2011. Call me a huge nerd, but I was in love with the twisty plot filled with lies, deception, manipulation and all kinds of other juicy things -not the mention the incredibly well drawn science fiction background, that took the novel into a different place than much of what's out there in the YA genre right now.A Million Suns picks up where Across the Universe dropped off, but this time, things have reached critical mass. It's now been three months since Amy was unplugged from her hypersleep.Things seem to be okay since Elder assumed power on the ship, but Amy and Elder soon discover that things are more complicated than they seem, and they must put their heads together to get the Godspeed safely to its destination.Everything that I enjoyed about Across the Universe continues in Million Suns, complete with more excellent action, mesmerizing action, suspense and complex plotting. Though some of the danger of the original book has passed, there's still plenty going on here to keep readers enthralled. Author Beth Revis' style also continues to shine with every word, and her storytelling continues to keep me spellbound. Can't wait for the next one in this series.
MaryinHB on LibraryThing 5 months ago
MY THOUGHTSABSOLUTELY LOVED IT *** probable spoilers - don't read the last two paragraphs if you haven't read the first book***Never in a million years would I ever think a book about a spaceship, revolution and love would keep me up at night still thinking about a story that probably shouldn't work. I mean a sixteen year old girl is is frozen for 300 hundred years on a spaceship with her parents to go to a new planet and is brought back to life because some kid thinks she has pretty hair and is lonely? Elder, the guy who wakes her up early , is the soon to be leader of the spaceship, but this romance really shouldn't work out and it pretty much doesn't because the girl, Amy, thinks for herself. I think I read this in about 6 hours while staying up too late because I just couldn't put it down. There are some serious page turning moments that come one after another. I read a LOT of science fiction as a teen but NEVER anything like this, probably because back in the early 70's no one thought girls should be reading science fiction. There were similar plot lines about space travel, utopian societies but they mostly had adult males as the main characters. so what a treat this story is for me in that I get to read a young adult novel about all of my favorite things with some romance thrown in! You are drawn so quickly into this new world, it really should exist and that is the best part of how wonderfully Revis writes. This follow up to Across the Universe picks right up where it ends with Amy and Elder alternating chapters and viewpoints about the spaceship Godspeed and how each generation has been told that they are 50 years away from landing on the new planet that will be their home. After living in this closed environment, the inhabitants have been drugged to keep them obedient and complacent in order to avoid a revolution that occurred on the ship ages ago called the Plague. History of the ship has been rewritten into one that follows a party line to keep the peace on board. Orion, himself a proposed leader and now the Recorder (librarian) knows the truth about the ship but is frozen himself. when the revolution on the ship begins once the people stop receiving the drugs. The story is almost like a puzzle, with Amy finding clues left by Orion where she uses her intelligence and wit to find answers while Elder tries to lead the people to the truth. The truth is pretty shocking once Amy finds the details and puts everything together. I thought the relationship between Elder and Amy would just naturally blossom into a romance but there are lots of twists and turns that may surprise you along the way. The secondary characters like Orion, Doc, Victria and Bartie each add something to the plot which add a bit of sinister malevolence. Now, I can't wait until the next one!
callmecayce on LibraryThing 5 months ago
I loved Across the Universe in all it's quirky science fiction weirdness and was pleased that A Million Suns continued in that tradition. I'm also eagerly awaiting the third book. While I didn't always like or agree with the choices of the characters and at times found the book frustrating, I liked it a lot. The drama Revis gives us at the end was kind of a shock, not that we didn't know it was going to happen, but that it happened at all. A lot of authors would shy away from it, but I'm giving Revis credit for not doing that. I hope she continues this tradition in the third book.
taleofnight on LibraryThing 5 months ago
I'm gonna have to say this book was better than Across the Universe for me. There was a lot of suspension and action that keeps you on your toes through out the entire book. The one thing that kind of got on my nerves was Amy's hatred towards Orion. It makes sense, but then again it doesn't. Orion leaves clues around the ship for Amy to figure out to find a way off the ship. Orion helps her, even when he's not there, but yet she still hates him. She even tries to get Elder to kill him. But yet there are some scenes that show Amy not wanting to kill other people who have threatened her before. It got really irritating to read her cry about Orion, even though he has been the one to help her the most. Other than that I really enjoyed everything else. All the crazy secrets that have been kept for generations are finally coming to light, which creates so much chaos.
nbmars on LibraryThing 5 months ago
Note: There are necessarily spoilers for book one of this series, but not for book two.A Million Suns continues the story started in book one of this trilogy, Across the Universe. Godspeed, a spaceship on its way to colonize a new planet, carries a mix of inhabitants some of whom were cryogenically frozen for their anticipated expertise when the new planet is reached. Amy is one of the frozen who was accidentally defrosted during the journey, and now struggles along with fellow teen and leader of the ship Elder to keep the population in line and reach the planet before the ship deteriorates. Previously, the inhabitants were docile and productive, thanks to a drug, Phydus, that was added to the water supply. Elder, egged on by Amy, took everyone off the drug, but now anarchy and mutiny threaten.Meanwhile, Orion, Elder¿s predecessor who was frozen by Elder at the end of book one, left a series of coded messages hidden throughout the ship for Amy. The messages reveal some big secrets about the ship and the mission that could mean the life or death of everyone on board. With Elder¿s help, Amy tries to figure out what the messages really mean before either the inhabitants of the ship kill them, or the catastrophe hinted at by Orion takes place. Discussion: Amy continues to debate whether she actually ¿loves¿ Elder since they are the only two teens on the ship:"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.¿Or is it? She can¿t decide, but instead, vacillates back and forth repeatedly, needing to intellectualize her feelings. But none of the ¿intellectualizing¿ [sic] takes into account the fact that there is no reason whatsoever for her to be attracted to Elder besides his body, which apparently is one of his positive traits. Elder isn¿t very bright or mature, although he has been getting a bit better as a leader, but not much. He¿s impulsive, impractical, unfocused and easily frazzled. On the other hand, he¿s only sixteen, and never had a real apprenticeship for running the ship. The author is good at letting him grow very incrementally, as might be the case in real life. But why should Amy be in love with him? The only other possibility besides his looks is the fact that his face was the first she saw when she got unfrozen. Like a baby duck, maybe she ¿imprinted¿ on him¿.Another problem for me: The person who turns out to be ¿the bad guy¿ in this book was obvious to me way back in book one. I don¿t mind ¿ the question of who was sabotaging things wasn¿t as important as why, which was much better concealed by the author. But the biggest mystery to me is why the saboteur feels the need to explain everything to Amy. In fact, in keeping with the character of this person, it is extremely unbelievable that Amy wouldn¿t have just been killed. Undoubtedly the dilemma the author faces is first, that Amy is one of the main characters (who therefore can¿t be killed off), and second, there is no omniscient voice; we only have Amy and Elder alternating as narrators. Therefore the bad person has to explain everything to one of them or we won¿t know about it. But Elder would be a much more obvious choice than Amy.A third quibble: Elder calls Amy a name that should have been unforgivable, and that was, moreover, totally out of character for a guy who is smitten with someone. Amy is mad for about five minutes, then immediately goes running for him, AND says Elder is her ¿safe place.¿ Pretty low standards there, Amy!Finally: Obviously these kids need help. Why the heck don¿t they just defrost some of the frozen experts?Evaluation: In spite of my not being thrilled by either book
Jibar on LibraryThing 5 months ago
Only read this, if you have read Across the Universe! I was really looking forward to reading this, I don't know why I put it off for so long, after all it was released January 10th. My best guess would be university and my finals, but now that I have read it! Oh! The drama, really, it's one of Revis's strong points. I most definitely kept me turning the pages. Time-wise, I'm not exactly sure when A Million Suns takes place. Shortly after Across the Universe is my best estimate. People are finally able to think properly, not just about everyday stuff but also about the big question: Do we want Elder as our leader? There is a lot of tension on the ship, people are fighting and more or less doing what they please (and that includes not working, i.d. not producing food)! And in all that Amy starts finding mysterious clues ... I have to say, the clues really kept me interested. I liked Orion from the start, even though he's clearly the villain, so it was definitely nice hearing from him especially since I didn't expect to. And I didn't expect most of the plot either! It was so refreshing to not guess who's behind everything, who the real villain is. However, this time around I did notice the similarities between Amy's point of view and Elder's. If there wasn't a name above every chapter I think I might have had trouble pointing out who was who. They are quite similar in their thinking pattern and I don't think that was intended.The only thing I'm going to say about the whole being in space business and finding Centauri-Earth: The title of the third book does give one hope, right? And who wouldn't want to see Amy reunited with her parents?
ethel55 on LibraryThing 5 months ago
Beginning shortly after the events of Across the Universe, this second installment of the Godspeed's journey is important to learn about. Elder is trying his best to adjust to the mantle of Eldest. Amy is still an anomaly, trying her best to hide in plain sight, instead feeling as though she's being held captive in the hospital wing. Things are changing quickly aboard the Godspeed and this book seems important to the movement of the series as a whole. There were a couple great plot twists and I look forward to reading Shades of Earth when it releases.
bookluvrmindy on LibraryThing 5 months ago
If you liked Across the Universe, then you will absolutely LOVE A Million Suns because it is a hundred times better! It¿s as if Across the Universe was just a taste test and A Million Suns is the whole gourmet meal¿with dessert to top it off!In Across the Universe, we find out that almost everyone on the entire spaceship has been drugged throughout their entire lives through the water system with a drug called Phydus. This drug made the crew zombie-like obedient to the ship¿s captain¿and it also caused the crews¿ bizarre, uh, ¿seasonal¿ behavior! LOL!!! So, when Elder and Amy discover this truth during their investigation, Elder decides to remove the drug from the ship¿s water system. And now that the people on the ship are fully aware and now know they¿ve been lied to their ENTIRE lives, it causes ship-wide anger, depression and laziness. The ship is falling apart and it¿s Elder¿s job to keep order on the ship!AND, to make matters worse, there is a murderer on the loose, and neither Elder nor Amy can figure out who¿s doing it. So while Elder heroically struggles to try to maintain order on the ship, Amy stumbles upon clues to a maddeningly mysterious puzzle that might possibly give them answers as to why the ship (Godspeed) is behind schedule; answers which could also fix their problems to get the ship to the new Earth.This book is extremely compelling and intense! There is awesome action, dreadful devastation, cruel chaos, horrific heartbreak and to top it all off¿A HUGE TWIST!!! Now that I think about it, there are several awesome twists! How could this book not be totally awesome? Once again I have to say, if you loved or even just liked Across the Universe, then you will HAVE to read A Million Suns!
cheriereich on LibraryThing 5 months 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.
Bookswithbite on LibraryThing 5 months 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!
booktwirps on LibraryThing 5 months 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!
mountie9 on LibraryThing 5 months ago
The Good Stuff * Talented writer, she is fantastic at making you feel like you are part of the world the characters live in * A lot of fun nerdy references for SCI FY geeks - hee hee "Trust No One" hee hee * Noticed a lot less of the made up words like Frex which I really appreciated * Fabulous character development for Amy and some realistic development for Elder * Lots of action to keep you interested - this story is far more dark and violent than Across the Universe * Like the cover, not as much as Across the Universe, but it still is a cover that makes me want to pick up the book * Orion is an intriguing character, deeply flawed, but fascinatingThe Not So Good Stuff * Same problem as with the first book, some of the plot points just are not logical * Has the issue that most second books in a trilogy have, filler from the first book to the finale - not bad but I think this series would have worked better as a book 1 and 2 * Elder was a bit of wuss through this installment, felt as frustrated with him as the characters are - I would have mutinied too * New characters didn't intrigue me at all and felt no connection to them * Main complaint what was the point of Orion making all the stupid clues -- seriously just tell them what is going on if time is an essence (more filler if you ask me)Favorite Quotes/Passages"if I had my choice between 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.""You can be objective. You will know which is the greater evil. When you know all that I know, all that Eldest tried to keep hidden, then you will know what to do.""A sky Kayleigh had never seen.And she couldn't live without the sky." Who Should/Shouldn't Read * For fans of Sci Fy YA * Would only recommend you read it if you had read the first book in the series first, other wise you would be what the frex is going on3 Dewey'sI received this from Penguin in exchange for an honest review
renkellym on LibraryThing 5 months ago
If you thought Across the Universe was exciting, just wait until you read A Million Suns. Your mind will be blown. Beth Revis wasn¿t kidding when she hinted that everything we thought we knew from book one was a lie. A Million Suns is packed with big reveals, all of which keep the reader eagerly turning the pages. It¿s almost impossible to put the book down, because Revis ends almost every single chapter with something exciting. So here¿s your friendly warning: don¿t read A Million Suns unless you know you have time to devote to it.Amy and Elder are back, and they¿re not quite the same as they were in Across the Universe. Elder is feeling the pressure of being a leader, and this makes his narrative feel a bit hurried. We don¿t get as close to him as we did in book one, which is unfortunate. Amy, on the other hand, is just as great as before; she¿s smart, driven, and a bit selfish. We get to know a few minor characters a bit better in A Million Suns, and it¿s great to see them turn into allies or foes. (The latter, especially, because Revis really knows how to make a character seem evil.) A Million Suns focuses more on shock and plot development more than characters, but the people aboard the Godspeed are still fun to read about.If you liked Across the Universe, A Million Suns is definitely for you. Beth Revis really ups the ante. I know some people were lukewarm on the first book, and to them I say: try book two. Though I was of the ¿loveitloveitloveit¿ party, I feel that A Million Suns does a better job of keeping the reader engaged and on the edge of their seat than Across the Universe. Plus, there are things that occur in this sequel that you definitely can¿t miss. I can¿t wait for book three!
AyleeArgh on LibraryThing 5 months ago
In short: I literally gasped out loud several times at the exciting plot and surprise reveals in A Million Suns by Beth Revis.Across the Universe, the first in Beth Revis' series, was such an exciting and fun read. It seemed like with every chapter, there would be some sort of surprise or reveal about the deep, dark secrets of the ship, Godspeed, or the people on it. So I was a little apprehensive going into A Million Suns. I mean, with every secret seemingly revealed in Across the Universe, what's left for the characters to uncover?Well, as it turns out, a whole heck of a lot. I literally gasped out loud a few times while reading. It occurs to me how very, very much planning Beth Revis would have had to put into creating the Across the Universe Trilogy. Every reveal and clue always seem carefully and assuredly put into place for the maximum entertainment of the reader. And I have no doubt Beth Revis will continue to bring the big surprises in the final book, Shades of Earth, even though there doesn't seem like anything more to be revealed.I didn't quite like A Million Suns as much as Across the Universe, though. There were a few plot holes that bothered me. In A Million Suns, Amy is sent on a scavenger hunt by a certain character - who I will not name to avoid spoilers - to find an important message left to her through a series of many, many tailor-made clues. It was completely unnecessary for said character to have left so many clues for Amy, when they were already tailor-made for her. As it is, Amy spends the entire book hunting down these clues for this critical message when a few clues and less time would have sufficed, so that was pretty silly.Still, even a few plot holes couldn't stop me from loving A Million Suns. An amazing thriller with fascinating and exciting world-building, A Million Suns is an excellent sequel and a must-read. I can't believe we have to wait so long until Shades of Earth (to be released January 2013)!