A Million Suns



Goodreads Summary:

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.

In a lot of aspects I liked this one better than is predecessor. We see how hard it is to change things, what the repercussions of Elder’s choices are, Amy’s continued desire to find a way off the ship and be reunited with her parents, and the general tole it’s taking on these two teenagers to have to deal with all of these decisions.

However, the growth of Elder seemed overshadowed by the lack of growth by Amy – she did get stronger on aspects, but I didn’t see her empathize or consciously challenge her preconceived notions at any point. I kind of hated her a bit actually. I feel like we are seeing so much more from Elder in this one than the first, he’s less of a lovesick teenage boy who has all these grand ideas that are overshadowed by his emotional outbursts. He’s becoming a leader, who’s doing the best he can in the ways he knows how. He’s still trying to find his own path in an environment constantly pressuring him to become a certain way, and it’s really interesting. He was definitely my favorite in this book and I’m interested to see how he handles all the changes to come in the next book.

Again, I predicted the twists, but it was still a fun read.

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