Feb 15, 2013

Review: A Million Suns by Beth Revis

Title: A Million Suns
Author: Beth Revis
Publisher: Razorbill
Publishing Date: January 10, 2012
Pages/Format: 386, Hardcover

Godspeed was once 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. Everywhere she looks, she sees the walls of the spaceship Godspeed.

But there may 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 about the ship, he and Amy race to discover the truth behind life on Godspeed. They must work together to unlock a mystery that was set in motion hundreds of years earlier. Their success—or failure—will determine the fate of the 2,298 passengers aboard Godspeed. But with each step, the journey becomes more perilous, the ship more chaotic, and the love between them more impossible to fight.

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.

Initial Reaction of Book in One Word: Disappointing

Unfortunately for me, the Across the Universe trilogy is a lot like the Matched trilogy--lots of hype, but it just doesn't do much for me. And it's such a shame, because I love astronomy, and this series is set in outer space. I really hoped that A Million Suns would be better than Across the Universe, but it was probably just the same--okay. 

I don't think the writing style is the problem--I don't remember any problems with it when reading the book. Although there were some repeat phrases, which annoys me. I think the book just doesn't give me many feels. When something big happens, I rarely had much of a reaction. I barely connected with the characters. I liked Elder but never really fell for him. As for Amy--I don't know, she seemed to annoy me on more than one occasion. She was kind of all over the place, and while I wanted her and Elder to be together, something was off. The synopsis mentions romance, but there really wasn't much at all--it was disappointing.

A Million Suns was kind of like a scavenger hunt, with Amy and Elder finding clues which led to more clues, hoping to find answers about some pretty big things that were happening. (I'd tell you more, but I don't want to spoil it.) They wanted to land on Sol-Earth, but first they had to get there. After the death of Eldest in Across the Universe and the loss of Phydus (basically, a calming, controlling drug) the people went crazy and started to rebel. Godspeed was in chaos, and Elder was, as Amy put it, holding the weight of his world on his shoulders. Sure, there were some shockers and interesting turn of events, but not enough to make me be all "OHMYGOSH THIS BOOK." That said, I was engrossed in this book, turning page after page, wanting to finish it.

In the end, I'm not sure how to put forth my feelings of this book. I'll definitely be reading Shades of Earth, for I (SPOILER ALERT) want to know what's going to happen since they're set to land on Sol-Earth. Who will they find? What will they find? What's going to happen to everyone? How will this series end? The concept with these books is interesting, but it just doesn't come across in a way that pulls me in. Hopefully Shades of Earth, with it's new change in setting, will be much better. 

Did I like it? Sorta.
Did I love it? No.
Would I reread it? Doubt it.
Would I purchase it? Probably not.
Would I recommend it? Depends on the person--some people really like this series, and it's set in space.


  1. I couldn't get past the first seventy or eighty pages of the first book. I was just BORING. I tried I really did, but i couldn't find any interest in the characters or plot.
    I for one loved the matched trilogy, it was a different sort of dystopian trilogy than those out there with the fighitng being done more discretly and done purely without swords and guns but with words, poems and love.

  2. I haven't read Across the Universe yet but I really need to! Glad you liked the sequel just as much as the first, that makes me even more excited to read the series!

  3. A Million Suns was an amazing book and I can't wait for the conclusion to this series. I need to know what happens next.


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