A Million Suns (Across the Universe Series #2)

A Million Suns (Across the Universe Series #2)

by Beth Revis


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

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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781595145376
Publisher: Penguin Young Readers Group
Publication date: 11/21/2012
Series: Across the Universe Series , #2
Pages: 416
Sales rank: 163,187
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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"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. 142 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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Best-of-YA More than 1 year 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...
Anonymous More than 1 year ago