A Million Suns
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Flamingnet Student Book Reviewer MDG
It's been three months since Amy was awoken from her cryogenically frozen chamber and found herself on the spaceship Godspeed traveling to a new planet. It was tough transitioning to a world where there are always four walls surrounding her, but she had Elder to help her. However, now that Eldest is dead, Elder has become the leader of Godspeed. While he is dealing with imminent rebellion of the crew, Amy is sent on a hunt to unlock the secrets of Godspeed....before it's too late.
I haven't read much science fiction but I really enjoyed Across the Universe, the predecessor to A Million Suns, when I first read it. I was very excited to get my hands on the sequel, and I'm happy to say that A Million Suns did not disappoint. The story picks up right where Across the Universe left off, and even though many things were revealed at the end of that novel, there are still more secrets to be uncovered in A Million Suns. I liked watching Amy hunt for clues and thought it was a very interesting way for Amy to discover new information about Godspeed. On Elder's side, he is dealing with mutiny from the crew, who want a more equal form of government. While I understood the complaints of the crew, when reading from Elder's point-of-view, it's easy to sympathize with him. Even though he was not voted to be the leader, he still has the citizens' best interests at heart. A Million Suns was a great continuation of this trilogy, and I can't wait to read the conclusion because this book left off with a huge cliffhanger.
City, State and Country: Aston, Pennsylvania United States
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Flamingnet Student Book Reviewer ASny1011
In the first book we learned that GODSPEED was run by secrets, but that was only the beginning. In the second book, with Eldest dead and Orion in cryo, Elder assumes leadership, but some people don't think he's ready. As Elder tries to deal with the growing chaos, he learns a secret that could crush everyone's hope. Elder and Amy race to uncover the truth that's been hidden for hundreds of years with the fate of 2,298 passengers on their shoulders and the knowledge that they have to get off this ship. A secret that's been hidden for hundreds of years is bound to change their lives ... and end others.
Okay, I'll admit I had very high expectations for this sequel and Beth Revis took it above and beyond anything I could have hoped for. She started A Million Suns so smoothly and took her characters to the next level. Her sensory details are amazing and easy to understand so you can picture what it's like to live on GODSPEED. She had a really good mystery woven in with a shocking ending that you don't see coming. Revis had just the right amount of romance - nothing going over the line, which is nice compared to some teen books. The only thing I didn't like was the language even though they're substitutes (see content review for more info) and there was a lot of violence for younger readers, but other than that it was a really good fast - paced book. I can't wait to see what happens next in book three, Shades of Earth, coming out January 2013.
Language "Frex" the replacement of the f - word is used quite often "Effing" the British equivalent of the f - word is used once "Shite" the replacement of the word shit is used often 1 real f - word Sexual content 1 steamy makeout scene Violence There are several riots. People get sucked out into space. A girl is found strangled to death after being raped. Several people are killed with medicine patches and one is hanged as a warning. A girl is shot and killed in the end and another man is shot in the leg. A man is badly beaten along with several other fights. We read about a girl's suicide/murder and we are reminded of a man's suicide from the first book. We read about Amy's memories of just about being raped during the season in the first book several times.
Reviewer City, State and Country: Sharpsville, Indiana USA
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