Friday, March 22, 2013

Review: Shades of Earth by Beth Revis

Shades of Earth by Beth Revis
Across the Universe #3
Release Date: January 15th, 2013
Number of Pages: 369
Publisher: Razorbill
Source: Bought
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Amy and Elder have finally left the oppressive walls of the spaceship Godspeed behind. They're ready to start life afresh--to build a home--on Centauri-Earth, the planet that Amy has traveled 25 trillion miles across the universe to experience.  
But this new Earth isn't the paradise Amy had been hoping for. There are giant pterodactyl-like birds, purple flowers with mind-numbing toxins, and mysterious, unexplained ruins that hold more secrets than their stone walls first let on. The biggest secret of all? Godspeed's former passengers aren't alone on this planet. And if they're going to stay, they'll have to fight.  
Amy and Elder must race to discover who--or what--else is out there if they are to have any hope of saving their struggling colony and building a future together. They will have to look inward to the very core of what makes them human on this, their most harrowing journey yet. Because if the colony collapses? Then everything they have sacrificed--friends, family, life on Earth--will have been for nothing.  
After finishing A Million Suns, I simply couldn’t wait to read what would happen next to Amy and Elder. The story picks up right where we left up in A Million Suns. In Shades of Earth, we are making our way to the new Earth, but things aren’t exactly as expected. A traitor is on the loose, and no one seems to be safe. Beth Revis sure isn’t afraid to kill off some of her characters, so be prepared. The third book in the Across the Universe series will give you many of the answers of the questions still left unanswered from the first two books. The story ties up the plot twists and the loose ends. This book is a little more mature than the first two books, partly because of all the characters’ death. The novel is definitely easy to read in one sitting, as the pacing will keep you hooked into the story.

We get to see in this book another side of Amy. With the appearance of her parents, she doesn’t act the same way she used to on Godspeed. She’s used to be on her own, and her parents aren’t letting her do what she wants, especially since her father doesn’t trust the people of Godspeed. Her father takes the role of leader, which doesn’t sit well with Elder. I could understand why Elder would be a little angry about it, as he wanted to protect and lead his people. Yet, he is still young and inexperienced. I was a little disappointed not to see step up and fight for his people a little more. He is mostly brooding in the back, until he does step up in the end, proving what he can do to protect his people. We also meet a few new characters, and they bring another side of the world the story takes place, and the world they come from.

Beth Revis gave us a satisfying ending to an excellent series. The ending will make you feel so many things, and it will answer most of the questions you might have left. Beth Revis wrote an amazing trilogy, and I cannot wait to read what she will write next. The world needs more great YA Sci-Fi series like this one.

About the Author:
From GoodReads

Beth Revis wrote her first books as a student in classrooms, when the professors did not hold her interest and she jotted down stories instead of taking notes. Beth writes science fiction and fantasy novels for teens.


  1. I'm glad to see so many people are happy with the conclusion of this series. I have the first book but I haven't started it yet.

  2. Great review. I need to start this series as well.

  3. So happy you loved this one! I did too! I thought it was a wonderful ending. I agree she sure isn't afriad to kill people haha. Great review :)


  4. I still haven't started this series, despite the fact that I picked the first and second books out of my pile and put them on the top. When I heard the author speak at SIBA a few years ago, I was enthralled with the premise, and I can't imagine that I am not going to love it when I finally get around to reading it, and the others! Nice discussion post!

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