*SPOILER ALERT* *SPOILER ALERT*
Whether we like it or not, reviewing a sequel will most certainly give away the end of the book(s) that came before it. I apologize if I give away too much from Across the Universe. If you haven’t read AtU and don’t want to know what happens, I would recommend favoriting this post for later and coming back after you’ve finished the first book. Just sayin’.
That being said… on to the review!
The Story: In this sequel to Beth Revis’s Across the Universe, the ship Godspeed is chugging along to a livable, Earth-like planet called Centauri Earth. Some time has passed since the end of the last book and with Eldest dead, Elder has stepped up to become Eldest (though he refused to take the title of Eldest). His first orders of business are to remove the Phydus from the water system and try to find out what is wrong with the ship’s engines. Unfortunately, people are not coping well being off the drugs that kept them mindlessly happy. No one is working, food is running short, and people are banding together complaining about Elder’s leadership (or lack therof). Meanwhile, Amy is given a series of video clues left for her by Orion before he was frozen that has her hunting all over the ship, which will lead her to uncover an enormous secret and make an unbelievable discovery.
The Low Down: A Million Suns is a kick-ass continuation of Amy and Elder’s story. It is every bit as suspenseful and intriguing as AtU, and leaves you with enough of a cliff hanger to be eager to read the last book in the trilogy, but the ending isn’t so abrupt that the reader doesn’t feel satisfied. We see Amy and Elder’s relationship have it’s ups and downs, but the fact is the two go together like peanut butter and marshmallow fluff (yes, if you don’t know, they do go exceptionally well together. If you don’t believe me, go try it. Right now.)
Readability: Slow and Steady
A Million Suns is an intense story with lots of details. It’s well paced and not necessarily difficult, but the length and some of the scientific language may make this a slower read for some readers.
The Bottom Line: Revis hits another one out of the solar system (literally) with the sequel to Across the Universe. A Million Suns is a fantastic survivalist mystery and will appeal to most sci-fi readers.
OFFICIAL RATING: 8.5/10