Author: Beth Revis
Series: Across the Universe #2
Published by: Razorbill
Publication Date: January 10, 2012
GODSPEED WAS FUELED BY LIES. NOW IT IS RULED BY CHAOS.
It's been three months since Amy was unplugged. The life she always knew is over. Everywhere she looks, she sees the walls of the spaceship Godspeed. But there may just 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, he and Amy must race to discover the truth behind life on Godspeed, all the while dealing with the love that's growing between them and the chaos that threatens to tear them apart.
Beth Revis catapulted readers into the far reaches of space with her New York Times bestselling debut, Across the Universe. In A Million Suns, Beth deepens the mystery 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.
It’s been over two years since I read Across the Universe and didn’t have any notes to help refresh my memory, so I was nervous that I would feel lost. I loved AtU, so I took the plunge. Thankfully, it was incredibly easy to get back into the story with A Million Suns, and started remembering details as I read.
A Million Suns picks up three months after Across the Universe left off. Elder is trying to run the ship without drugging the people into being compliant, but it’s not quite working out. His authority is being questioned left and right, and I found the shift of their society interesting. I wasn’t quite feeling Elder in this book though, and I remember really liking him in AtU. He was too passive and naive at times, and I just wanted him to buck up and take charge. But at the same time, I knew it was all new to not only him, but to everyone else as well.
While dealing with that, Amy receives something that set in motion a hunt for a big secret. A secret that could mean life or death for the ship. I got tired of the whole scavenger hunt for the truth pretty quick. However, it may have been because I figured it out almost immediately and felt like I was waiting for them to catch up. I did still liked Amy, though. She has spunk and fire, even when most of the people on the ship hated her.
Overall, I enjoyed A Million Suns, but not as much as Across the Universe. It was a nice sequel and stepping stone to the third book, though.
Shades of Earth
Author: Beth Revis
Series: Across the Universe #3
Published by: Razorbill
Publication Date: January 15, 2013
Amy and Elder have finally left the oppressive walls of the spaceship Godspeed behind. They're ready to start life afresh--to build a home--on Centauri-Earth, the planet that Amy has traveled 25 trillion miles across the universe to experience.
But this new Earth isn't the paradise Amy had been hoping for. There are giant pterodactyl-like birds, purple flowers with mind-numbing toxins, and mysterious, unexplained ruins that hold more secrets than their stone walls first let on. The biggest secret of all? Godspeed's former passengers aren't alone on this planet. And if they're going to stay, they'll have to fight.
Amy and Elder must race to discover who--or what--else is out there if they are to have any hope of saving their struggling colony and building a future together. They will have to look inward to the very core of what makes them human on this, their most harrowing journey yet. Because if the colony collapses? Then everything they have sacrificed--friends, family, life on Earth--will have been for nothing
I decided to go ahead and finish the trilogy and read Shades of Earth immediately after A Million Suns. I found this book much more exciting and interesting. By the time I was finished, the 2nd book seemed like a little blip between two giants.
I enjoyed the idea of a small colony of people discovering a new plant for the first time and attempting to make a life there. Of course, there was a lot more going on than they could ever imagine and they had to figure it out before they were destroyed. Even though it was still predictable at times, I liked this mystery more than the one in the second book, mostly because it felt like it had a faster pace and more danger.
Elder annoyed me a lot of the time. There is just something about his personality that rubs me the wrong way, and I can’t figure it out. Whereas, Amy shined in this book, especially towards the end. The romance between these two was minimal in previous books, but is more prominent in this one. Thankfully, though, it didn’t dominate the story. I also enjoyed the secondary characters, and found the dynamic between the Shipborn and Earthborn interesting.
Shades of Earth was a great ending to the trilogy. I’m kind of sad to see it go.