Godspeed was fueled by lies. Now it is ruled by chaos. It’s been three months since Amy was unplugged. The life she always knew is over. And everywhere she looks, she sees the walls of the spaceship Godspeed. But there may just be hope: Elder has assumed leadership of the ship. He’s finally free to enact his vision - no more Phydus, no more lies. But when Elder discovers shocking news about the ship, he and Amy race to discover the truth behind life on Godspeed. They must work together to unlock a puzzle that was set in motion hundreds of years earlier, unable to fight the romance that’s growing between them and the chaos that threatens to tear them apart. In book two of the Across the Universe trilogy, New York Times bestselling author Beth Revis mesmerizes us again with a brilliantly crafted mystery filled 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.
4.5 stars Frexing awesome
You guys I realised something while reading this book, space scares the dickens out of me. And I love it.
Like its predecessor A Million Suns sucked me into its claustrophobic world and didn’t let me go. At times I felt that I was the one running to the walls of Godspeed and trying to claw my way out. I felt tapped, uncomfortable, I needed more air, I needed the sky, I needed to run, oh wait that was Amy.
This book rips it as a sequel. Revis is so at home in her world and in her prose, I felt like I could just see her having a mighty good strut around in her creation. I love her writing, I wanted to stretch out in it and let it shine over me like, like a million damn suns! :D
Revis managed to achieve something which is rare for me, supporting cast investment. Normally I can’t wait for the b characters to move away and get back to the main ones. Not so in this book. I cared. She made me care. The first shippers, Victria, Bartie, I cared you guys.
Another thing which is rare, I got my political hat out. I felt very challenged by what was happening on the ship. Where would I put my vote?
Where this book let me down a bit was firstly the main mystery. It felt unnecessary, I thought maybe the clues were a journey for Amy, and maybe they were but I think she still would’ve journeyed a great deal if it was just all spat out at the start. Also the chemistry between Amy and Elder still isn’t there yet. They share a few nice moments but I’m not on the edge of my seat for them yet. I have a feeling though that this was intentional. Amy struggles with her love for Elder being her choice and not just her only option and I think the lack of chemistry makes us question that as well. Also it is a bit far fetched to be asleep for a couple hundred years wake up and find your soul mate. No?
All in all this is a strong follow up and I am completely excited for the next book! Gimme! Can we just take a moment and reward Revis for the prettiest gosh darn titles ever. Serioulsy. Across the Universe A Million Suns Shades of Earth I’d read these books for the titles and pretty covers alone.
Here is my visual aid for Elder and Amy as portrayed by the swoonworthy Freddie and Amy Pond.