Best January Read





What was the best book you read in January? That's the latest YA Highway RTW prompt.  I'd love to hear from all of you, because there are some AMAZING books out there!

My unputdownable read for January was Beth Revis' A MILLION SUNS, sequel to her ACROSS THE UNIVERSE.  I just can't say enough good things about it--the vivid characters, the way the writing brings across the claustrophobic world of a spaceship trapping a couple thousand no-longer-drugged-into-placidness people, the complicated relationship between Amy and Elder...


If you haven't read it yet, you definitely should =).  I reviewed it below, here.

Can't wait to see everyone else's top picks for January! So far, there have been a lot of great reads to add to my to-read list. What about you?


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  1. I still haven't read ACROSS THE UNIVERSE--I need to remedy that. I've read so many posts about it over the past couple of months, and now about the sequel, too.

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  2. It really is an amazing series so far, Rebecca! A lot of sequels aren't as good, but this one doesn't have that problem. I found out the major revelation ahead of time when I went looking for spoilers, and that didn't lessen the impact at all. So looking forward to reading the final book in the trilogy, SHADES OF EARTH.

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  3. I enjoyed ACROSS THE UNIVERSE but wasn't sure if I was going to read the sequel. So often sequels don't live up to the first book, and I felt like ACROSS THE UNIVERSE had enough of a conclution that I'm not dieing to know what happens next. Based upon your recomendation, I may have to read this one.

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  4. It has a very different feel than the first book, but it was fantastic in its own right. I felt so badly for Elder and all the problems he had to deal with. There were lots of twists and turns, and I love that Orion left clues for Amy to follow to learn what he'd discovered about the ship; she's the only one that can make the choice that needs to be made.

    Hope you enjoy it as much as the first book if you read it, Kate! =)

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  5. This was definitely a very good January read! It's on my list of completely-hard-to-choose-between January books for this RTW post :-)

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  6. You have a great list, Jaime =). It's fun reading everyone's picks and adding to the ever growing to-read pile. Thank goodness for Goodreads, or I'd never be able to keep track of all of it!

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  7. When I first finished ACROSS THE UNIVERSE I thought it was a standalone (can you imagine?) so I'm really, really excited there's a second one!! And glad you liked it, sci-fi in YA is always fun to read!

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  8. I burned through Across the Universe and while I enjoyed it, I didn't think I'd ever really think about it again. However, so many people are raving about A Million Suns and how different it is, that I might give it a shot.

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  9. Sci-fi is awesome to read. And write! Sarah, I think you'll love the sequel! The downside? We have to wait almost another year (January 2013) for the release of SHADES of EARTH.

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  10. I haven't read these yet, but now I'm intrigued. Thanks for sharing!

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  11. icountwords, the sequel really is different. Lots of twists and turns, mayhem and restlessness from the ship's population now that they're free of Phydus, and the search for clues to a mystery that affects everyone on Godspeed. I'd love to hear what you think of it if you do read it.

    Liz, it is a great sci fi series. I'd love to hear what you think of it, too, of you read it. You've got some great reads on your list as well!

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  12. I read so many wonderful things about A Million Suns...I have not read Across the universe yet but I am adding both to my TBR :-)

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  13. ACROSS THE UNIVERSE is on my stack of TBR books in my closet. I don't read a ton of sci-fi, but I keep hearing such good things about it! Glad to know the series is holding up, so far :)

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  14. Elodie and Crystal, hope you both enjoy ACROSS THE UNIVERSE and A MILLION SUNS! The audiobook of the first one was so cool because it had two readers, one reading Amy's part and the other Elder's. That first chapter is truly unforgettable!

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  15. I want to read this but loved ATU so much i'm worried it will let me down. Right, must toughen up and get to it.

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  16. Beck, the one nitpick I had was that in A MILLION SUNS, the voices of Amy and Elder weren't as distinctive as in ATU. Otherwise, I totally loved it =). Hope you will, too!

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  17. I've been putting off reading this series for some reason, and I think I am now persuaded to jump in! Thanks.

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  18. I loved AMS too! And you're right: UNPUTDOWNABLE is the perfect word to describe it. Great review, Lora!

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  19. Awesome, Tarah! I think you'll love it. You're welcome :)

    Hope SHADES OF EARTH is, too. But it's Beth Revis, so I'm sure it will be! Thanks, Katy! ;)

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  20. A Million Suns was a perfect follow up to Across The Universe. Revis has worked her magic again, and has allowed yet another glimpse into this futuristic dystopian world on Godspeed. I found the speed of this installment alot quicker than the last. There was a lot more action within the pages, which made it all the more difficult for me to put down.

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  21. I'm hoping SHADES OF EARTH will be just as action-packed! There'll be tons of action, but they do have to introduce....the way the huge revelation plays out for Amy, Elder, and everyone else. I so want to say more right now, but is it too early to openly discuss spoilers like that?

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