Tuesday, January 3, 2012

Soaring Suns

A Million Suns by Beth Revis

* Book will be released January 10, 2012
* Read ARC via a tour put together by Megan and Mindy at the Secret of the Stars blog
5 out of 5 gnomes

So much awesomeness in this book.  The secrets revealed in this book are crazy and lead all the characters in quite interesting directions.  In the very first chapter you learn that a very important truth is really a lie.  That turns out to be only the first truth that's not exactly true.

Complications of the personal and social variety abound throughout the ship.  Elder is now in charge and it seems that rebellion is in the air but also a hint of anarchy.  It's very hard to know who exactly to trust because with everyone being essentially wide awake now instead of dulled, this really reveals more of the problems with this society.  Every person on the ship except Amy may look homogeneous but there are a lot of class differences that boil to the surface.  Elder's leadership is questioned and at first he's not sure how to answer the challenge.

Once again the dual perspective of having the chapters switch off between Elder and Amy is very well done and adds greatly to the tension.  It is great how organically their relationship is growing.  Slowly but surely they seem to be growing closer.  There's no insta-love here and there are still questions on both sides of how exactly this relationship could even work.  I will let you know that one of the most interesting scenes in this book between the two takes place when Elder's not wearing pants.

This story will have you wondering if the characters are doing the right thing.  There are some characters with questionable motives and some that I'm thinking maybe the main characters should have trusted.  It also brought some major regrets again when thinking of what Harley did and why, it may have made sense in his mind at the time but so much happens that he would have wanted to be a part of.  There are just so many questions and so many different motives on the ship from those just trying to stay alive and those trying to make a power grab. 

The ending, wow, some lines are definitely drawn in the sand here.  There are some hard separations and the future has never been so hopeful yet uncertain.  I have a feeling that there will be massive changes in the next book and that Amy's people the frozens may have a much larger part to play.  I'm really looking forward to the conclusion of this series because it looks like it's shaping up to be a heck of a finale.

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