Saturday, June 16, 2012

A Million Suns by Beth Revis

I read this book right after I read Across the Universe, and let's just say I was extremely excited to see what would happen next.  After reading the first book, I had a change of heart about Sci-fi/dystopian shtoof, so I was eager to delve deep into Amy and Elder's story.

The Synopsis:
Godspeed was once fueled by lies. Now it is ruled by chaos. It’s been three months. In that time, Amy has learned to hide who she is. Elder is trying to be the leader he’s always wanted to be. But as the ship gets more and more out of control, only one thing is certain:
They have to get off the ship.

My Thoughts:
So, I'm not going to do anything that refers to Across the Universe, the movie, because, well, the title of this book isn't Across the Universe.  Yup.  Soooo, that's not happening, no matter how many more times I'd like to talk about my love of that movie.
This book did not change my new thoughts about this kind of genre, if anything, it strengthened my positive opinion about it.  It's something completely different from what I'm usually used to reading.  It's still not exactly what I'd consider to be my cup of tea, but I do thoroughly enjoy it.  There's the fast-paced action, and there's more at stake in A Million Suns.  Now that Orion was frozen, more lies have been uncovered.  And you know the thing is, I kinda liked him in the first book.  He had answers and he was pretty cool.
Now in this book, the stakes are up higher than ever.  Now that the entire ship is off the drug, they're now their own person.  And they're angry.  A rebellion starts, one that wouldn't be the size of any modern-day rebellion, but one that's strong enough that Elder nor the ship is prepared for.  Honestly, I found the rebellion thing annoying.  It put twists and turns into the plot, but I just thought it was annoying.  And those med patches!  Don't even get me started on those!  I guess since I come from Earth and wasn't born on a Centari-Earth-bound spaceship, I don't agree with their ways.  It was a little much for me.  But that's the cool thing about Sci-fi, I guess.
Amy is as strong as ever, which I was glad to see.  Her character never faltered and she stayed true to her plans and ideas.  And her determination was yet another thing I admired about her.  A trail of clues appear that could unearth MORE lies that are ridden throughout the ship and never does she ever think to stop searching, even when things start to get dangerous.  The only thing that would disturb me about her personality was the fact that she becomes very cold and hard, a shell of her original self that was brought on by all of the BS that happens on Godspeed.
Elder, he was just an annoying little bugger again.  The one thing I liked was that he would do anything to impress and satisfy Amy.  Practically anything.  And my heart soared and sung with the sweetness of his genuine caring and love for her.  I believe that he is a perfect guy on the inside--and he wants to be that perfect guy--but with all the happenings going on, he couldn't exactly be as personal as he would like to be with Amy.  So, I forgave him for the time being.
And the plot line couldn't be any more twisted than what it was before! Whew!  My mind was BLOWN once again with all the lies and deception.  I can't even imagine how Beth Revis does it, but she does it successfully.  It isn't in the least confusing; all of it is explained and unraveled in time and detail. 
Overall, this baby gets four out of five shiny stars directly from space.  The plot kept me hooked and I could barely put the book down.  I'm excited to see what the end will bring, and I'm smart enough to know not to predict what might happen because I would be wrong.  This book is Beth Revis and only Beth Revis would know what to do for this book.  So, I'll leave it in her very capable hands to let the story end, with most likely, a huge bang.
Happy reading, everyone!

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