Synopsis: 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 spaceshipGodspeed.
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.
Genres: Young Adult, Science Fiction, Romance, Fantasy, Mystery
Cover: I specifically bought this cover from England solely to match the first novel. It is entrancing and beautiful and conveys the plot line of this story flawlessly.
My thoughts: Amy has been living on Godspeed for three months now.. Slowly she begins to feel the claustrophobia that the spaceship provides from its close quarters. Pestered relentlessly by Luthor trying to claim her after he assaulted her, she is desperate to get off Godspeed to reunite with her parents. With clues Orion left behind for Amy, she searches the ship to find a way to help land Godspeed on the new Earth sooner rather than later.
Elder has taken his new role as leader of Godspeed as serious as possible. He removed the calming drugs Eldest had put in the ship’s water, allowing the citizens to finally form their own opinions for once. As the citizens learn that they have been mistreated when Eldest reigned, they begin to rebel against Elder who they don’t trust. With chaos raging in Godspeed, Elder works with Amy to try and figure out how to land the spaceship on the new planet with the help of Orion’s clues he has left behind.
This is one of those series that the sequel is just as good as the first book. It was as fast paced and interesting as the first novel in this series. Amy still struggles with her memories of Luthor attacking her as well as her hatred towards the confining walls of Godspeed. Elder continuously tries to calm down the frustrated citizens who heard devastating news about Godspeed that is the basis of the plot for this entire sequel. Once again, Beth Revis entrapped me in the world aboard Godspeed where problems arise and people begin to rebel against the Eldest system. I was constantly interested in Amy following Orion’s clues scattered around the ship as well as Elder fighting to be the strong leader he is. This novel also focuses on the deceased main characters from the first book and their strong impact on Amy and Elder throughout their time trying to figure out what to do next without certain characters to assist them.
As Elder and Amy work together to find a way to land the spaceship, they also have to overcome their own faults, which Elder accomplished more than Amy did. They learn through their mistakes to be a better person while also learning to love each other despite the fact that they are the only other people of the same age in the spacecraft. Amy also learns to stand up to Luthor and defend not only herself but others from the dangers lurking on the ship which led her to become a more confident character that I enjoyed reading about. Towards the end of the story the action climaxes until I stayed up late at night in order to see what happened next. Between people sabotaging Elder and his attempts to run Godspeed to secrets leaking out from Eldest’s past, there was never a moment that I did not enjoy this book. This is one YA novel focused more on the development of characters and rise in action rather than the budding romance between characters which was refreshing to read about. Beth Revis brings another adventurous and intense book filled with mystery that left me wondering what will happen next with Elder and Amy in Shades of Earth.