Caution! If you haven’t already read Across the Universe by Beth Revis, stop what you’re doing, go directly to your nearest library or bookstore, and commence reading. Immediately upon finishing, you may continue with this post or begin reading the unbelievably awesome sequel, A Million Suns. You have your instructions. Go.
Now that our warning is out of the way…if you’re still reading this, I’m assuming you’ve read Across the Universe and have read or plan to read A Million Suns. A Million Suns, in my opinion, is an atypical second book in a series. It’s not simply a placeholder between books one and three. It is wonderful in its own right, and the story was gripping from start to finish. That’s not to say that you should read this one without reading Across the Universe first. No way. You’d be completely lost. But A Million Suns delves deeper into life aboard Godspeed and the complicated relationship between Amy and Elder, and it provides readers with a mystery all its own. Each chapter ends with a cliffhanger that will keep readers on pins and needles and force them to keep reading (even when they know they should go to bed because they’ve got to work the next morning) to see what mayhem awaits on board this ship that is hiding some devastating secrets.
Three months after Amy is awakened from her cryogenic “sleep,” life on board Godspeed is more chaotic than ever. Eldest is dead, and Elder has taken over as leader of the ship. He’s got some big shoes to fill, and he doesn’t know if he can–or if he even wants to–rule over the inhabitants of this ship. And when he learns some devastating news about the ship he calls home, he feels more unsure than ever. When some of the citizens begin to rebel against the Eldest system of government, Elder is faced with even more turmoil. How can he get the people to follow him when even he’s not sure what he’s doing?
As Elder fights to keep control, Amy is dealing with her own issues. She’s still shunned–if not outright hated and feared–by nearly everyone, she’s confused about her feelings for Elder, she longs for the home she’s lost and the parents who remain out of her reach, and she’s forced to face the fact that she’s the target of a sadistic psychopath. And that’s not all. Someone has presented Amy with a mystery to solve. She knows who is leaving her these puzzling clues, but she’s not sure why or what makes her the only one who can put the pieces together. She does know one thing…if she doesn’t solve the mystery soon, everyone aboard Godspeed could be doomed forever.
Enlisting the help of Elder–the only person she can trust–Amy begins to realize that secrets abound on this ship. Secrets that date back hundreds of years. Secrets that have the power to save–or kill–them all. Can Amy and Elder unlock the truth before it’s too late? Will the truth set them free, or will it trap them in a prison with no chance of escape? Read A Million Suns by Beth Revis to discover how two young people will fight for the chance to have a future.
I’ve tried here, but mere words cannot express how wonderful A Million Suns truly is. It crosses genre boundaries. It’s a delightful mix of science fiction, dystopian lit., romance, action, mystery and suspense. There’s something for everyone. Beth Revis is a master of the cliffhanger, and I promise you will not want to put this book down. Like Across the Universe, A Millions Suns is spectacular and will not disappoint, and I can’t wait to see where this journey takes us in the third book of this trilogy, Shades of Earth, due in January of 2013.
If you’re hungry for more information about Beth Revis and her outstanding books, visit http://www.bethrevis.com/. You can also follow her on Twitter @bethrevis.
Now, dear readers, I must dash. I’m headed to the hospital to await the birth of my first niece. Hopefully, by the end of the day, I will be Aunt Knight Reader!