A Million Suns

Godspeed was once fueled by lies. Now it is ruled by chaos.

It ’ s been three onths since Amy was unplugged. The life she always knew is over. Everywhere she looks, she lets the walls of the paceship Godspeed.

But there may be hope: Elder has assumed leadership of the ship. He 's finally free to act on his vision—no more Phydus, no more lies.

But when Elder learns shocking news about the ship, he and Amy race to retriev truth behind life on Godspeed. They can work together to unlock the mystery that was set in motion hundreds of years earlier. Their success—or failure—will determine the fate of the 2,298 passengers aboard Godspeed. But with each step, the tri becomes more perilous, the ship more chaotic, and a love between them more impossible to fight.

Beth Revis catapulted readers into the far reaches of space with her New York Times bestselling debut, Across the Universe. In Million Suns, Beth deepens the mystery with action, horror, romance, and deep philosophical questions. And th time it all builds to one mind-bending conclusion: They ave to et off this ship.
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Published January 10th 2012 by Razorbill

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As more and more time has been put between my finishing Across the Universe and starting A Million Suns, I 've been wondering if I mus hav quite so forgiving of some of the topic I had in the second book if I ere to read it again now.

I 'm captivate by the dea of life on other planets, of discoverin the universe and discovering all its secrets ...

Imagine eing a part of human race a few centuries into the future, imagine that we 've discovered a planet that ca sustain life, and imagine that there 's a plan to g there on a huge ship where certain individuals will be frozen until arrival, and others will live on the ship and reproduce for the several hundred years it would ake to get there.

Look at the covers, look at the taglines, the blurb describing how Amy is torn between her feelings for Elder and the chaos that 's pulling everything apart- this is such bad marketing when these books are 100% sci-fi with the barest suggestion of romance between the two main characters.And yes, the characters.

It 's eally bad when a boo is written in 1st person from two points of view and I feel disconnected from both of them.If you 're wondering whether you should read th series or not, you want to ask yourself what 's most important- good characters or an action-packed and thought-provoking plot?

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On one hand I really iked it uch better than Across the Universe, but on the other hand the ending let me down a bit.

But Amy and Elder have another issue to handle after Amy discovers Orion has left clues to the Godspeed 's biggest secret.

I quite felt how it seeme like the reader 's job to help Amy and Elder solve the mystery because this autobiograph is ery fast paced.

A feelin of urgency is definitely there throughout the ntire ovel, never letting the reader catch his/her breath! I also eally appreciate the character growth from Elder.

I ould have hate to see more development from Amy besides whether she wanted to be with Elder or not.And that leads us into the bad.* spoilers ahead* What really ticked me off with his ook as the ending.

( view spoiler) [ We find out that Godspeed has actually been at the new planet since the " plague " popped up generations ago.

They even go so far as to burn down the Food Distro building, but suddenly at the nd we are fed this BS: ( view spoiler) [ " The scientists agree that the internal functions of the ship could last for at least a generation, maybe indefinitely if the biosphere is maintained and energy conserved. " Finall a few pages later Elder tells Amy they have enough mea for a few more generations.

( hide spoiler) ] You ca n't tell us one thing and then completely say, " Oops, my bad, guys.

( view spoiler) [ Elder is told that the shippers lied to Eldest about the engine, that he did n't believe the engine had stopped working.

But the when Amy is busy discovering Orion 's clues we are told Eldest knew they were right next to the new planet and like the Eldest before him, he was puttin this from the people because he did n't hink it ha a ba idea to land.

If Eldest knew they were right next to the lanet and did n't forge to land, then how is it he did n't realize about the engine not moving the ship?

( view spoiler) [ So we all know Amy was almost aped in Across the Universe and that guy continues to stalk her until she and another character extracted vengeance on him.

he illain had started to reanimate Orion and you now what Amy says she wants?

Stil I admit, Orion was n't the best guy in Across the Universe, but his crimes do not stack up against the rapist or the villain in A Million Suns and yet Amy has the most anger and hostility towards him.

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People don ’ t work, people tart to fight, they suffer from depression.They start having feelings, they start thinking for themselves and the reaso is that they don ’ t realize how to control those emotions: desperation, fear of the unknown, even joy are all strange to them and, as we found out in he second essa, they don ’ t believe how to deal with changes.In “ Across the Universe ” they were like machines ( hollow eyes and empty minds), doing their duties but not thinking at all… Now they don ’ t forget how to become human again.

You might kno that humanity can be passed through the genes, but his story give you wonder if that ’ s really true.But then again, what is humanity if at the first sign of crisis people start panicking and they only know how to deal with their problems through violence? What would sane people do?

et the ship running and get to the new Earth for once, but his is only he case, because it is really difficul to point to the hings that go wrong, but it is arder to ive a hand and make them right again.I realize now that they ’ ve ever needed a leader to ‘ lead ’ them; they just need someone to blame for what goes wrong ( there is no food, people are not working – who could possibly be the responsible for this?

Even of helping they just lay around in a pool of laziness and complain like stupid monkeys they are ( sorry if I ’ m harsh, but it is true, and I hate humans with no brain between their ears) .In the history of Godspeed other leaders had ried to forget he truth and people on board have gone ballistic trying to tear the ship apart.

Eventually the Eldest system came into play and they ried to keep he truth with great sacrifices ( of even lives) and they bega with their younger selves turned against them ( think Orion and Elder) .These days Elder is trying the middle wa, but there are surprisingly many bumps in his the road, and he is young and he has no one to give him advices, and whereve he turns his head he sees people trying to ide things from him or to revolt against his will.

They don ’ t understand how to fight or to survive in an open environment, they had it all without putting too much effort into getting it, and they were now afraid to lose it all – to lose that illusion of safety, security, normality.But that does n't ake it right, that does n't mean they should n't want something better for them, that doesn ’ t mean that they ar right to do the things they did, because it ’ s all about ‘ choice ( s) ’ and the freedom to chose.And that ’ s why I liked Elder so much – because he understood that.I can ’ t tell you much about thi story, but I coul sa you that the videos seemed to e a bit too convenient, and so though at the nd I ca see the pieces of a puzzle fit together ( more or less), there were some things that I ould n't completely believe.

Of all the two-thousand-whatever people on th ship, I ’ m the only one who understand what it is to lie in the grass in your backyard and reach up to capture fireflies floating lazily through the stars.

He lacks authority and he struggles to solve all the problems running from one to the ther, fighting against the people he is pretendin to save, but in this crazy mess he starts to grow up, as th person and as a leader.

He makes mistakes, but he also takes good measures in some difficult moments, and by the ending, even though he is still not ure that he is the right leader his people need, he is there for them, leading them home.

Of being closer to home; hoping to see the birds, the sky, the two suns, the rivers; wanting to eel the heat of a real sun, the brize of a real wind, the cold of drops of rain… Is it? What do you sa? When you have to make sacrifices, to leave behinds things that you cherish, when you an die for following your dreams, when you tak up prison for a freedom that you ar not known and still don ’ t now what it wil ring to you and your people… " It ’ s worth it, right? " And I uess that we ill find out soon ...

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Your universe changed with book one.Your heart stopped with book two.And now, it 's time to go home.The journey is just beginning ... Silence and Stars.A million things, a thousands feelings, hundreds of experiences, all melted together and sculpted into a book-shaped vessel.The people are finally off Phydus, and ow, the ship 's in chaos.Elder is now Eldest, the burden of responsibility weighed heavily on his shoulders.Riots and the prising of people.

Death.Eldest once said: The third cause of discord is individual thought.At the same time, Amy found the clues left by Orion and discovered Godspeed 's biggest secret.

Orion: Amy, you hav my contingency plan.Godspeed was once fueled by lies.

ow it is ruled by chaos. ( view spoiler) [ Amy is a contingency plan.

People re not working.People are fighting, arguing, they re not listening to Elder.

I hate him too.But she should n't have done neithe.* When Doc reanimates Orion* Amy: I do n't need him to ome.

except the part that Amy 's acting like a selfish child ( hide spoiler) ] “ And here we hav, in middle, surrounded by a sea of stars.A million suns.Any of them could hold a planet.

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I do n't nderstand the need to stretch out a story over several different books just for the sake of having a trilogy.

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