Book Review: A Million Suns + Shades of Earth by Beth Revis

Book Review: A Million Suns + Shades of Earth by Beth Revis

A Million Suns + Shades of Earth by Beth Revis

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A Million Suns

Godspeed was once 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 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 discover the truth behind life on Godspeed. They must work together to unlock a 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 journey becomes more perilous, the ship more chaotic, and the 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 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.

Shades of Earth

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 travelled 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.


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I have to admit, this series has gone way better than its first book. Though there still some plot holes—a lot—the characters and storyline has developed quite well.

After we went across the universe, we will see a million suns.

My first reaction when I read the part where Elder failed to assume leadership that resulted in several chaotic events was ‘eat that!’. I was so frustrated by Elder so wanting to rush in leadership in the first book that when he was now forced to face a difficult one he struggled I was happy that he finally got it boomeranging back to him. But that is also what caused some character development in him—he grew more mature and responsible for his actions. Especially at the part where he offered to step down from the role and also where he gave his people the choice of either landing or staying within the ship—the realisation that there was a need for democracy—of choice. Still, there were some parts where he compared himself to Eldest I didn’t like—like when he said that the people looked at him like they were to look at Eldest—there went the big nose again, young man.

Amy, well, she has changed. But still, I don’t like her much. It’s like she’s this know-it-all who pranced around looking for clues being giddy while the other are working their head off to survive. She has moved on from Jason, but still laments on her unfortunateness like almost being raped by Luthor and how she still wasn’t able to unfreeze her parents.

And the plot hole—why in the world did they not suspect Doc to be behind the murders? If there were crime using Phydus which was only accessible to the Doc, Kit, and the nurses, he would be on top of the list of suspects.

And now we have landed on a planet with shades of earth.

The soldiersAmy’s father, directly after being unfrozen, walked around, barking orders like a total militant without even understanding a bit about what was going on. As a leader, one must have a full understanding of what was happening around him/her. And without even asking how the situation after 300 years is, he just marched up and down, ordering people around. I was expecting more from a colonel—from someone who had the conscience to give his daughter a choice than making it for her.

And don’t let me started on the wife soldier of the one who got killed—Juliana or something. She accused the shipborne of murdering his husband—and while she’s doing this, she looked more of like a rabid mad woman than a soldier—and also called them all ‘freaks’. Considering her a soldier, a wife of the first or second in command (I forgot whose wife she was), and also someone who had COMMITTED themselves into being frozen until years into space, she should have known better. She was frozen for CENTURIES into a destination in OUTER SPACE people! She—all of the ones that are part of the FRX mission—should have expected weird and different things when they woke up. A lot of things can change in just a decade. Two cities in the same country can differ so much in culture. And here they were naming those people who at least are still human with different features freaks.

Maria – Amy’s mother. At first, I was irked by her at how she seemed to be happy seeing Chris with Amy—like she was giving them the blessing to be together. But—apart from Emma, who looked like the only soldier from the FRX who had a heart—she was one of the Earthborn people I liked. She had sass, that’s for sure. When her husband began to speak that he was keeping secrets because of the orders, she said ‘Orders! Screw the orders! I’m your wife!’—spoken like a true woman.

Kit – it’s a pity she died. She was nice and humble.

Chris – When he showed up and Amy’s dad told him to be her bodyguard, I thought her parents were trying to play matchmaker. I wasn’t exactly surprised when he turned out to be one of the bad guys. What I am confused was why didn’t Amy became suspicious of his weird blue eyes? I had my suspicions.

And back again to Amy. Amy had always had this voice in her heart telling her that part of what she felt about Elder was because he was the only choice since there were no other kids around her age left. And then enter Chris, acting as a bodyguard who occasionally flirted with her and then she realised that now she had another choice—Chris. Remembering her experience with Jason—who, in the first book, was implied to have cheated her along the course of their relationship—she should have known better than to even delve into the idea of playing hooky with another man. And not to mention that prior to Chris, she did have other choices—the other shipborne. Those in the 20s were only a few older than her—Chris was in his twenties, too—and Elder was even younger than her. There were then just a few options for her. Seriously, this girl needed some love therapy.

And now the plot holes—why in the world did no one explained what had happened since they launched from Earth to the Earthborns? No one—NO ONE—mentioned how the ship had been floating above the planet for another more centuries since the scheduled arrival. No one mentioned how it got awry after the 300 years aboard the ship. No one mentioned the government system they had with the Eldest system. No one—NO ONE—explained what had happened since the launch of the ship until they had landed on Centauri-Earth. Hmm—no wonder Elder’s leadership was doubted by the Colonel

And second—did they even recognise the word ‘transparency’? I was getting sick of all the white lies—authorities covering up the truth in the name of ‘for the better’. A good government has transparency—they are open about the choices made and the situation they are in because all of it are for the well-being of its citizens. The ‘colony’ here was no government, but as it was led by someone from the military, they should have known better of it.

Despite its bad points, the plot and suspense were great enough to keep me going. I finished both books in one day because I was curious on how the events would turn out.

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