Friday, January 6, 2012

Me on A Million Suns

Title: A Million Suns
Author: Beth Revis
Release Date: January 10, 2012
Publisher: Razorbill (Penguin imprint)

Amy has been awake for three months, and everywhere she looks she sees the walls of the spaceship Godspeed instead of the normal life she left behind. But there might be hope. Elder has assumed leadership, he's free to enact his vision. No more Phydus. No more lies. But when Elder discovers shocking news, he and Amy race to discover the truth behind life on Godspeed. The must work together to unlock a puzzle set in motion hundreds of years before, unable to fight the romance between them and the chaos that threatens to break them apart.

Like Across the Universe, A Million Suns was thrilling and fast-paced. Survival was the single most important thing. Anything else was pointless. I was always at the edge of my seat, wondering what would be discovered next, wondering what secret would pop up to be realized in the third book.

I knew what was happening in this book, knew what the biggest of the secrets was, but it was the smaller secrets left for me to discover that kept me reading. There were still hints and clues I couldn't decipher, ones Amy and Elder had to decode for me. And I didn't mind that. Discovering the secrets of the Godspeed along with them is part of the fun of the book.

There's still a connection between Amy and Elder, maybe a romance, but it's not the focus of the book. I think that's helpful to know, that this isn't a romance with sci-fi elements but a sci-fi with mystery and thriller and romantic elements.

This is what a sci-fi thriller should feel like, a race for survival and discovery, a race to learn, a race to not die in the vacuum of space. A race to find a new home among the stars. A Million Suns is more mystery than science fiction, more science fiction than romance, but still enchanting and intriguing and mesmerizing. A welcome continuation to an already amazing series.

(I borrowed an advance copy of this book from a friend.)

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