Published: January 10, 2012
Razorbill, 386 pages, hardcover
GoodReads Summary: 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.
Sophomore slump? Not even. I didn't think I could be more excited about a book than I was about Across the Universe. And it's still fantastic in its own respect, but A Million Suns, you guys. A MILLION SUNS.
Okay, so Across the Universe ended in a hell of a way. I didn't have to get a prescription of anxiety medication or anything, because I already had A Million Suns on board. And I dove into that with a fierceness, and a slight twinge of fear that it wouldn't live up. IRRATIONAL FEAR, that was. The murder mysteries continue, not to mention a mystery of its own. Amy and Elder (who I've successfully dreamcasted as Nathan Adrian, so the book was that much more exciting and/or sexy) work together to not only keep the ship in order now Godspeed is no longer under the influence of Phydus, but to find out Godspeed's Big Secret that so many past leaders have attempted to conceal.
And HOLY HELL, it's a freaking nuclear bomb of a shocker. I had several rounds of hardcore goosebumps when I read that fateful sentence. And that didn't just happen once. That happened three different times with three different bombs. The pacing of A Million Suns is unbeatable. Just when I thought Beth Revis couldn't shock me further, it happens and I need about 5-7 solid minutes of recovery time before I can proceed reading.
I like how we get a better look at the secondary characters. After I formed an emotional attachment to Harley in Across the Universe (sob!), I wanted to know more about Elder's childhood friends. I got my wish. And it doesn't even matter that they're not at the forefront of the story. They are all written so vibrantly, I can see them in my mind clear as day.
Amy and Elder absolutely shine in A Million Suns. They're lovely on their own, but together, still finding that precarious balance between obligation and love and lust and being "different". So beautifully written. I love the alternating points of view, it adds so much depth to the story that I cannot contain myself. The struggle that Elder goes through, trying to make his way as a leader when he's still growing himself? Heart-wrenching. Perfect. Flawed. Believable.
And now begins the horrible wait until January for Shades of Earth. Revis left A Million Suns with a hell of a cliffhanger and I have no doubt that Shades of Earth will be explosive.