This week is especially exciting, because I get to gush about a book from an author who just so happens to be a fellow Bookanista. A MILLION SUNS, by the uber-fabulous Beth Revis.
Here's how the publisher describes the story:
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.
Now, most of you reading this probably know I'm a HUGE Beth fan. She is both an amazing writer and an amazing person. So naturally I pick up her books wanting and expecting to love them.
That aside, I AM still picky about what I like--and there have been times where I just haven't loved a book the way I wanted to--even when I'm friends with the author (and no, I'm not telling you which ones--EVER!) So you most definitely should NOT think that this review is simply a reflection of my love for Beth. I assure you, I loved A MILLION SUNS every bit as much as I love the author. And one did not bias the other.
Book twos are notoriously hard to write, because you have to bring back all the awesome things you established and then somehow build on them and make them better. And I personally thought Beth did a wonderful job with that. We still have the suffocating, claustrophobic atmosphere of the Godspeed. But where there was creepy, unnatural subservience in book one, we now have chaos and unrest, which for me made the "nowhere to go" sense even more chilling. She also answered several questions I'd had left over from ACROSS THE UNIVERSE, and managed to progress the characters in a way that felt real and natural.
The mystery had tons of twists and turns, the stakes just kept getting higher and higher--not to mention holy smokes is she not afraid to pile up the bodies. All of which made this another one of those books where I stayed in the bath long after the water had turned tepid because I just couldn't bring myself to put it down. And I can't WAIT until it launches into the world so everyone else can enjoy it as much as I did.
Fortunately you don't have to wait that much longer. A MILLION SUNS hits stores in just slightly more than a month. And to help one of you guys out, I'm giving away a pre-ordered copy to one lucky winner!
To enter, make sure you follow my blog and leave a comment on this post by 11:59pm PST on Saturday, December 17th. I'll draw one random winner and post their name on Sunday, December 18th. Usually I make my contests international, but unfortunately this time--since it's a pre-order--I have to restrict it to US Only. SORRY!
I do also *hope* that whoever wins will end up posting a review for the book somewhere--or blogging/tweeting/FB-ing about it--to help spread the love and get some more mileage out of the prize. I can't require that for entry. But I'm hoping the winner will feel inspired to. :)
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