Oh my god. This book was fantastic. I was left almost speechless after finishing. I say almost because I was still able to go “oh my god” repeatedly.
Both Elder and Amy grow up quite a bit in this book. Elder is faced with having to lead the ship and all its people when they don’t really think he’s fit to lead. Amy has to deal with being the outsider and being viewed as the distraction keeping Elder from being a true leader.
Elder’s desire to be a different kind of leader than Eldest before him means he lets the people think for themselves. They start to think and learn about the choices they can have and they start to rebel. Life becomes difficult for everyone on board the Godspeed and people are divided on Elder’s decision to stop using phydus to control the ship. On top of that, he’s still in love with Amy and will do anything to make her happy. He’s a wonderfully realistic character and I love him. He faces the challenges set before him and tries to find a way to solve them based on what looks to be for the good of the whole, even if that means it’s not easy on him. He grew up in this book and I loved reading that.
Amy spends most of the book following clues left for her by Orion because she’s the only person he trusts with the decision that will impact everyone on the Godspeed. She’s the only person that has seen both Earth and the ship and he believes that makes her to only person that can make the best decision for everyone. She spends the other parts of the book trying to figure out if it’s really her choice to fall in love with Elder, or if it’s happening because there’s no one else. She wants to decide, not have the decision taken away from her.
I absolutely adored this book and the way it made me think. It’s not only a sci-fi story; it’s not only a romance story. It’s a story that gives you something to think about. A Million Suns made me think about choice and just how important that is to life. With the power to think, comes the power to choose and A Million Suns really shows the two sides of that. People can chose to do good or bad, but even then, the lines get fuzzy. Is doing bad for good reasons as bad as just choosing the wrong thing? Is doing good for the wrong reasons still as good as doing good for the right reasons?
A Million Suns was an amazing book and I can’t wait for the conclusion to this series. I need to know what happens next.