Published by Razorbill (Penguin)
Date Published: January 10, 2012
In book two of the Across the Universe trilogy, New York Times bestselling author Beth Revis mesmerizes us again with a brilliantly crafted mystery filled with action, suspense, romance, and deep philosophical questions. And this time it all builds to one mind-bending conclusion: They have to get off this ship.
Godspeed was fueled by lies. Now it is ruled by chaos.
Whoa. For pretty much all of 2011, Across the Universe, Beth's first novel, was my overall favorite YA book. Now I'm sure A Million Suns will be the same for 2012.
Beth takes things from an already heavy cliffhanger in AtU and launches the Godspeed with even more lies, conspiracy, and murder (how can you not love that?!). After finishing AtU, I thought it would be nearly impossible to top the levels of intensity of the story that was written. I was wrong. Just reading the first chapter will make you want to not put the book down until you finish. It's one of those 400 page books you'll fly through and then look back and be all "I'm already done? WTF?! What happens next? I NEED SHADES OF EARTH!!!" At least that was my response. And I was on a plane.
Beth's writing always draws me in and keeps me intrigued. Maybe it's the fact that I love a good murder mystery wrapped in lies taking place on a space ship floating in space. But nonetheless, I loved it.
And if anyone ever says this book is predictable, they are as confused as a Feeder on Phydus. At one point while reading, when a BIG SECRET unfolds, I went "WAIT, REALLY?! AHH!!" That's the response a book should make you have. I enjoy books even more when I can't see what's coming next and then BAM, something HUGE happens and leaves you speechless. That happens quite a few times in this book.
For those who've read Across the Universe but not A Million Suns just yet, no spoilers, but all those questions that were buzzing through your head and bugging the crap out of you...well, at least most of them, are answered finally. So there's some good news for you. Though it does just add more questions to your head you have to wait to find out. That's the bad news.
But seriously, this book was amazing and I still love the alternation between Elder and Amy's POVs.
Really though, I need Shades of Earth right away.
Beth, if you are reading this, help me out.
I can't make it another year.
Read this book.