Thursday, February 21, 2013

Across the Universe + A Million Suns by Beth Revis

A Million Suns (Across the Universe, #2)Across the Universe (Across the Universe, #1)Cover: 5/5 stars! (I also like the new ones, but these old ones are just so much prettier!)
Plot: 5/5 stars!

Note: I wanted to keep this review spoiler free for the most part (and trust me, there is a lot to spoil), so I've only included a summary of the first book.

Amy left with her parents to be cryogenically frozen and boarded the ship Godspeed, headed to a new planet hundreds of years away. Cue many, many years later: Elder was born to be the new leader of the people on the ship. When Amy is unfrozen early, she and Elder must unearth the secrets that run the ship and find out who is unplugging the frozens.

Beth Revis took my breath away with her intense novel Across the Universe, and just as well with the sequel, A Million Suns. These books are, well, awesome. And also a bit crazy! (All the best books are!) To be honest, as much as I love my Doctor Who sci-fi, I never really stepped out of my little comfort zone to experience many sci-fi novels. The author seriously remedied this problem by bringing forth this series. There are so many things I love about it! Since I read these two books fairly close together, I'm going to go ahead and review both!

The suspense is my absolute favorite part about this series. Beth Revis's novels keep me on my toes. When it says, "spaceship full of lies" on the cover they are not messing around! There are so many questions to be unearthed and so many shocks hidden in her books. I can never really see where they're going and there is simply so many major problems. The story itself is also very unique. Another thing to take into consideration if you're pondering whether to read this series or not, the romance in this novel doesn't become overwhelming in the slightest. Sometimes in YA, romance tends to do that but to me it's very subtly present in these books. Again, there are so many things going on that the reader tends to focus on all the insanity.

The characters written for this novel are complex and realistic. They have natural flaws, even the strange people on a space ship many, many years later. Amy and Elder as protagonists are as great as they come.  Even the villains have depth and sometimes I don't know whether to sympathize with them or hate them, so in the end I just give them the respect that decent villains deserve.

These two novels evoke a lot of emotion for me. They took me from highs to lows. Most of the time, I wanted to scream in frustration and smack some of the characters. At other parts, I find myself forgiving those characters and really understanding why they eventually did what they did. The events that take place made me wanted to grab the nearest person, or stranger, and yell at them about how unfair and aggravating everything is. I felt anger but also small bursts of hope. In a situation like theirs, it's hard to believe that things will get better.

In conclusion, I think this series is very well layered, exciting, frustrating, and it's own kind of awesome. These are the kinds of books that will have you holding your breath and one that can captivate you with it's world for hours until you finish it.


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