My rating: 3 of 5 stars
Publication Date: January 10th, 2012
Point of View: 1st Person & Girl/Boy
Recommended Age: 12+
Genres & Themes: Young Adult, Science Fiction, Romance, Mystery, Rebellion
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.
I feel like nothing of what I read in the first book matters. Discovering some of Orion’s secrets was important, but a lot of the revelations turned out to be either wrong or unimpressive.
And yet, I still preferred the first book to this one. I loved the mystery, getting to know the characters and learning about the world-building, plus I found Amy’s inner thoughts lovely. In A MILLION SUNS, we realize that everything we’ve learned so far is incomplete or simply bad information.
This book focuses on Elder becoming a true leader (Eldest) and Amy taking charge of her own destiny by trying to find out the truth about Godspeed and the planet they’re supposed to inhabit.
There’s much mayhem among the ship population. Now that they’re not drugged anymore, they can actually think for themselves. Unfortunately, two people may not think alike. So there’s mutiny—and plain chaos.
Some wars I find captivatingly complex and deceptive. Godspeed’s rebellion is very amateur-ish. Makes sense, since none of these people ever knew rebellion before, so they’re not skilled to act and think like a soldier, but I simply could not take it seriously.
It’s still a surprising book, seeing that there’s still information to be uncovered and characters to learn the names of and romance to develop, but I am nonetheless slightly disappointed. A fast-paced book, though, that’s for sure.
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