This review contains spoilers for ACROSS THE UNIVERSE, if you haven't read that yet, please see my ACROSS THE UNIVERSE (mini) review instead.
I've already talked a lot about the excellent atmosphere Revis creates in A MILLION SUNS over at the League of Extraordinary Writers: basically she makes it vital that Amy and Elder get off the ship -- which is a huge problem since they're stuck in the middle of space, decades away from their destination. That's some WOW tension right there.
But what I also really loved (and why this book gets the Twisty Zombie Chicken Merit Badge) was how the plot felt fresh and surprising. Lots of good reveals and reversals - and a bunch of mysterious clues to follow. Very fun.
The romance between Amy and Elder wasn't at all the focus of the first book, but here we explore their relationship further. Amy's still a bit resentful that Elder unfroze her early and unsure if she should be with Elder just because he's the only one available her age. Elder get flack for paying attention to Amy when people feel he should be taking care of business on the ship.
So looking forward to the final book in the trilogy.
ACROSS THE UNIVERSE - out in paperpack
A MILLION SUNS - out in hardcover
SHADES OF EARTH - coming January 2013
Find out more about the series at the author's website.
Thanks to Penguin, I have one grand prize of an ACROSS THE UNIVERSE paperback + A MILLION SUNS hardcover as well as ARCs of A MILLION SUNS for (4) additional winners. Contest is open until 11:59 pm CST on February 17, 2012. US and Canada only. Enter via this form.
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FTC disclosure: I received this book for review from the publisher.