I read this trilogy a few years ago and really enjoyed it. I always recommend this trilogy to fans of Battlestar Galactica and Firefly.
Godspeed is a massive spaceship holding roughly 3,000 people plus the frozen people onboard. The ship has multiple levels and everything needed for human survival. This includes farm animals, crops, a huge “sun” and a water system to create “rain” to water the crops.
Army officials, scientists, doctors, etc from Sol-Earth (which is the planet we live on now) were selected to be cryogenically frozen to be re-awaken on Centauri-Earth 300 years in the future. Amy’s mother is a scientist and her father is in the military. She gets to choose whether or not she can go with her parents, leaving behind everything on earth… Her friends, boyfriend, etc.
This book has dual narrative between Amy and Elder. I’m a big fan of multiple points of view. However; I’m not a fan of chapters ending in a cliffhangers.
Amy’s first few chapters are of her undergoing the freezing process, and being fully conscious while frozen. That was absolutely horrifying.
On Godspeed, we meet Elder and Eldest. Elder is the youngest person on the ship and will become the new leader when Eldest passes away. Elder finds out about the frozen people and comes across a girl with fiery red hair and is in awe of her features and how different she is than everyone else on the ship… One day Elder hears an alarm and discovers someone has thawed the girl out… And Amy wakes up in a hysteria.
Amy learns someone tried to kill her and that she has 50 years left until her parents are awakened. Her looks also make her stick out, and that becomes a problem. After the murderer strikes again, Amy and Elder take it upon themselves to find out who is responsible.
Amy and Elder really grew on me. They had so much character development. All the side characters were really great and well-developed too.
In the second book, Elder is in control and many secrets are revealed. In the third book, they’re finally on Centauri-Earth… but it’s not what they expected. Continue reading in the spoiler section below if you’ve read the series for my random thoughts.
As I said above, it’s been awhile since I’ve read these books, so I don’t remember every little detail. Beth Revis is a really awesome author who describes everything in great detail. Out of the three books, A Million Suns was probably my favorite!
Overall Series Rating:
Amy was frozen longer than she thought, and the ship was “stranded”, but then it ended up being above the Centauri-Earth. Wut?! When I first read about the ship being stranded, my first thought was, “They used up all the power on the fake sun!”
All the Eldests and Elders are clones. Orion was supposed to be the next Eldest but rebelled. Orion had been killing off the frozen military members so they won’t use the people on the ship for an army. Orion kills Eldest, and Elder pushes Orion in a cryo chamber and freezes him… I suspected that Orion was the person responsible, I was in denial for a bit… I really loved how he left clues for Amy to find out what was really going on.
I have mixed feelings about how it ended. I was really hoping there’d be aliens, not humans who had already landed. I’m a bit disappointed in the ending, but I did enjoy the entire series and I would re-read it in the future.