Title: A Million Suns
Author: Beth Revis
Genre: YA science fiction
Rating: 5 out of 5 stars
Source: Print copy from my personal library
First line: “This isn’t going to be easy,” I mutter, staring at the solid metal door that leads to the Engine Room on the Shipper Level of Godspeed.
This review won’t contain spoilers for A Million Suns, but may contain spoilers for the first book in the series, Across the Universe.
Amazon summary: “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. And 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 enact his vision – no more Phydus, no more lies.
But when Elder discovers shocking news about the ship, he and Amy race to discover the truth behind life on Godspeed. They must work together to unlock a puzzle that was set in motion hundreds of years earlier, unable to fight the romance that’s growing between them and the chaos that threatens to tear them apart.”
I absolutely loved Across the Universe when I read it last year, so much so that I expected that the sequel couldn’t help but pale in comparison. I was so very wrong.
Elder and Amy are in such a precarious position. Elder is trying to lead the people on board Godspeed without Phydus, the mood-controlling drug by which Eldest ruled, but he’s young, and the people are not used to experiencing the full range of emotion that they now endure. They are feeling things, reading things, and questioning what they have always been told. One of the things they question is the Eldest system – some people are calling for a more democratic government, and yet they have no idea what it takes to run the ship, to keep it going, to keep the food production up. People have stopped working, some people have sunk into depression, others want the Phydus back.
Elder discovers something about the ship that changes everything – and then Amy finds a clue left to her by Orion about a secret, and a choice that only she can make – and the book turns into a page-turning thriller that is nearly impossible to put down. The mystery and action is nonstop, and yet the greater truths that the book explores are still front and center: what does it mean to be a good leader, how far would you be willing to go to preserve order in a society, what would it be like if the only world you ever knew was a spaceship?
I highly recommend both books in this series, and am anticipating the third book, Shades of Earth, which will be released in January of 2013. I plan to get my hands on a copy as soon as possible, and then designate a reading weekend so that nothing will interrupt me and keep me from finding out how this story ends.