Book Review: A Million Suns by Beth Revis

Trapped on board the spaceship Godspeed, Amy trusts no-one. 

The ship’s ruler is dead and a rebellion threatens. Amy wants to help Elder as he tries to take charge, but she’s torn between her feelings for him and the chaos that’s pulling everything apart. As more harrowing discoveries are made about Godspeed, Amy is caught in a desperate race to unravel its secrets. Only one thing is certain. 

They have to get off this ship. 

The heart-stopping sequel to Across the Universe: a story of love, murder and madness – set in space. (From

*** This is a review of the sequel to Across the Universe. To avoid spoilers for either book I’m keeping it very short and vague*** 

It seems like a lifetime since I read Across the Universe and was blown away by it. At almost eighteen months on I was a little concerned I’d find it hard to pick up the story in A Million Suns. I needn’t have worried because as soon as I started reading it all came back to me. I was completely drawn into the world of Godspeed once again.

And Wow… it;s very, very rare I say this about a sequel, but I actually think I liked this one better! It picks up very shortly after ATU ends and continues the dual narrative between Amy and Elder which I love. I find the world aboard the spaceship so well crafted and the voices of the two main characters genuine and authentic. Before I picked up this series I would have said I didn’t like sci-fi. But Beth Revis pulls me in with a fascinating plot full of twists and turns and a beautiful romance. I’m a convert and now count this as one of my most favourite series ever. 

A Million Suns follows a period of transition for the people on the ship, and most particularly for Elder. I feel we really get to know his character here and I thought the dynamics of the ship were fascinating. It ends on a huge cliffhanger which leaves me desperate for the third and final book, Shades Of Earth, and I can’t believe I have to wait until 2013. 

If you’ve yet to try this series I suggest you obtain a copy of Across the Universe asap. Even if you think you hate Sci-Fi…give this a go. And if like me you’ve been long awaiting this sequel but have been worrying it won’t live up to the first, then I can put your mind at rest and promise that you won’t regret keeping up with this series. 

Published by Razorbill January 2012 (my copy is a US Hardback)

The UK edition is published April 2012 by Penguin. Here’s the cover. I prefer my hardback personally. I do like the mechanical and futuristic look but it’s so different to the cover of the Across The Universe cover, it just doesn’t match (I hate that!) It has a bit of a Hunger Games look about it..right? Maybe that’s no coincidence.

You can read my review of Across The Universe HERE

2 thoughts on “Book Review: A Million Suns by Beth Revis

  1. I can't wait to read this one! I'm not so keen on the UK cover though – I hate when the series doesn't match! I'm glad the contents are even better than the first book though 🙂


  2. I just listened to the Audio book and wasn't expecting much – I sort of liked Across the Universe but thought it had some major flaws. However, I loved A Million Suns and agree that it is better than the first book. Amy and Elder's relationship is beautifully written, both of them coming across as flawed (and therefore real) characters. I can't wait to see where Revis takes them in the final book – I really could go anywhere!


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