“Love without choice isn’t love at all.”
Rating: 4.5 stars
A Million Suns is the second book in the Across the Universe trilogy, so you might not want to read this review if you’ve not read the first book.
It’s only been 3 months since Amy was unplugged from her cryo chamber and already a lot has changed. With the workers no longer controlled by Phydus, uncertainty for Elder’s leadership has fostered and as a result, people are becoming restless on the ship. There may be hope for the ship though when Amy and Elder discover a clue that could lead them to the truth about the ship.
After reading A Million Suns, I now have to go pick up Shades of Earth as soon as possible.
I preferred A Million Suns to Across the Universe because Beth Revis focused more on the mysteries of Godspeed rather than the relationship between Amy and Elder. By doing so, I believe she created a more realistic setting for her characters. In addition, Amy and Elder were able to develop as individual characters instead of as a singular entity.
Amy grew out of her Mary-sue tendencies and started to hold her own in A Million Suns. It helped that she had a separate mission to accomplish away from Elder.
(A mission which I thought was completely implausible… but that’s besides the point) In comparison, Elder grew more than Amy though. When the feeders started to get out of hand, Elder had to figure out the difference between what kind of leader he wanted to be and what kind of leader the ship needed him to be. I liked how Beth Revis incorporated both of these story lines together to create a cohesive sequel and I look forward to the last installment of the trilogy.
I would recommend this book to anyone who was a little underwhelmed by Across the Universe. There’s a significant improvement from the first book.