Series?: Across the Universe #2
Pages: 386 (hardcover)
Release Date: January 10, 2012 by Razorbill
Godspeed was fueled by lies. Now it is ruled by chaos.Review
It's been three months since Amy was unplugged. The life she always knew is over. And 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 enact his vision - no more Phydus, no more lies.
But when Elder discovers shocking news about the ship, he and Amy race to discover the truth behind life on Godspeed. They must work together to unlock a puzzle that was set in motion hundreds of years earlier, unable to fight the romance that's growing between them and the chaos that threatens to tear them apart.
In book two of the Across the Universe trilogy, New York Times bestselling author Beth Revis mesmerizes us again with a brilliantly crafted mystery filled 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...Goodreads
I adored Across the Universe. I loved the setting and atmosphere Beth had created on the spaceship. There was plenty revealed in the first book but I was pretty much blown away by what secrets were uncovered in A Million Suns.
Elder's first decision as the new leader of the ship is to remove Phydus from the drinking system, the drug that keeps all the passengers calm and more compliant. This has overarching and disturbing consequences as people begin pushing back against the authorities that are now present on the ship. There's violence and rioting and basically all that happens when a society is on the edge of falling apart. It was horribly realistic but to be expected. The passengers have been controlled for generations and for them to suddenly be aware and have free will is overwhelming to them and they react on instinct and with anger. Even though Elder was doing what he thought was right and fair to the passengers, his decision comes back to bite him many times.
Amy's still a bit of a recluse on the sip, though more passengers have come to accept her or at least leave her alone. She spends most of her time racing across the ship finding clues to a secret so big it could tear the ship apart before it reaches its final destination. I still commend her character for being so strong in such a different world. She's still not happy about her situation, or being without her parents, but she's accepted it and is working to make it better, standing beside Elder when he needs a friendly face, support and encouragement. Their relationship is still a little rocky but I was happy to see that Amy has the same reservations as I did; mainly that she didn't want to have feelings for Elder just because they were the only two people of the same age on the ship. She doesn't want to be expected to like him. The fact that it's clear they have feelings for each other regardless is what's most important though.
Finally, what I enjoyed most about this sequel were the plot twists! Amy discovers some pretty shocking stuff from a series of hidden clues. Hidden compartments in the ship's 'basement', a window that reveals more than the ship thought they could ever see, and oh yeah, space suits. It was thrilling to say the least! Beth weaved some pretty intense scenes and I had my mouth drop more than a couple times. And it all works so well, so logically. Everything just fit and flowed; thumbs up for keeping me guessing the entire time Beth! About two thirds through the book is when the ship-changing secret is found out, and wow, it is a doozy. Crazy! The book ends with the passengers and crew deciding on what course of action to take next, and like my Goodreads update reads: "What on Earth is to come!?"
It's safe to say that A Million Suns pretty much had me gasping and exclaiming "oh my god!" more than a couple times. Along with learning more about Elder, Amy and the now Phydus-free passengers and how far they're willing to go to get control of the ship, the secrets and reveals are what kept me glued to the (pretty) pages. So, so awesome. I am dying for the last book and have absolutely no idea what's going to happen!