Book Review: A Million Suns by Beth Revis

Published March 7, 2012 by LS Murphy

Synopsis from Goodreads: 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.

The Cover: Beautiful. What I love about this cover is how it reflects the hope and the fear as well as the connection between Amy and Elder. It doesn’t shy away from the fact that this is primarily a science fiction novel.

The First Line: (Elder) “‘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.” The reader gets so much from this first line. One, something is hard. Two, whatever it is, it’s behind a solid door. Three, an immediate sense of place is right there.

The GoodA Million Suns avoids the “middle book” syndrome that some authors can so easily fall into it. It doesn’t try too hard to be anything other than what it is. In fact, I think the mystery is far better in this than in Across the Universe. I had no idea who the murderer was this go around. That’s hard to accomplish.

The Bad: Amy is a tad whinier this go around and sometimes she got on my nerves. Other than that, the only bad thing is waiting until next year for the conclusion.

Recommendation: Read it. If you haven’t read Across the Universe yet, pick it up and then grab A Million Suns. You won’t regret it.

 

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