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I Belong

Review: Shades of Earth by Beth Revis

Title: Shades of Earth

Author: Beth Revis

Genre: YA Science Fiction

Series: Across the Universe Trilogy (Book 3)

Publication Date: January 15, 2013

Format: Hardcover, 384 Pages

ISBN-10: 1595143998 (Razorbill/Penguin)

ISBN-13: 978-1595143990 (Razorbill/Penguin)

Reviewed by: Kayla


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.

Quick & Dirty: A fantastic ending to a spectacular series. Military and aliens and solar power… Oh my.

Opening Sentence: “Wait,” I say, my heart clenching.

Excerpt: Yes

The Review:

This is it. Amy and Elder and the some of the inhabitants of Godspeed have finally landed on Centauri-Earth. But it is not at all what they expected. Sure it still resembles the real Earth, but there are foreign things already inhabiting that planet. Dangerous plants, wild dinosaur animals and mysterious aliens are only the beginning of this new adventure for Amy and Elder.

With Orion’s warnings ringing in their heads, Elder and Amy initiate the defrosting of the Earth-borns (military and scientists). All seems well until the ship they took to Centauri-Earth goes on lockdown. This is just the tip of the iceburg of problems they face – and one of the only ones they solve. Full of mystery, suspense and romance, Shades of Earth is a great ending to this sci-fi space adventure.

Revis does it again. There are so many great twists and turns and sweet romance scenes from cover to cover. With beautiful writing and a stunning world, this book is the best of the series. Revis portrays Centauri-Earth as a beautiful world similar to Earth, but with distinct differences that make it so dangerous. This book is unique – it presents a new setting different from the rest of the series, requiring more world building in the LAST BOOK. I thought Revis executed this superbly, informing us without bogging us down with information.

The characters were amazing, as usual – although a bit annoying at times too. Amy switches loyalty back and forth between Elder and her parents. She trusts both equally, but when it comes down to it she can’t always have both. Elder stepped up as the leader he is supposed to be – not exactly giving orders, but he always thinks about their safety and role in the new colony. Amy and Elder’s romance is just about the only steadfast part of this book. I really appreciated how the romance didn’t overwhelm the new colony/new characters. Amy and Elder didn’t have any major woes where the plot focused mainly on overcoming some misunderstanding, but instead depended on each other to get through the problems of becoming a colony.

Just like with the new setting, Revis does a wonderful job introducing a slew of new characters. They don’t bog down the rest of the story but enhance it to move the story along. I’d have to say my favorite new character would be Amy’s mom. She is understanding and never puts pressure on Amy to decide what to do.

Overall, this is such a great series, and this book ends it perfectly. Although the ending is not neatly tied in a bow, it does have enough tied strings that it satisfies the reader. I cannot wait to see what Revis has in store next!

Notable Scene:

“Well,” Mom says, wiping crumbs from her shirt, “I’m heading to the lab.”

At the mention of this, I think about what I discovered last night, with Chris. The words are on the tip of my tongue, but at the last moment, I bite them back. I’m not ready to tell them this. Not yet. I want to tell Elder first.

Dad peers outside, then calls back to Mom. “Chris isn’t here. I’ll escort you to the lab. Amy, are you going?”

I’m not – but I follow them outside to say goodbye just as the suns start to rise. Around us, we can hear signs of others waking, soft chatter and shuffling as people greet the new day. It’s amazing to me how quickly we’ve fallen into this role of colonists. How quickly we’ve made this our home.

I smile.

And then the forest explodes.

Across the Universe Trilogy:

1. Across the Universe

2. A Million Suns

3. Shades of Earth

FTC Advisory: Razorbill provided me with a copy of Shades of Earth. No goody bags, sponsorships, “material connections,” or bribes were exchanged for my review.

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