Title: Shades of Earth
Author: Beth Revis
Publish Date: January 15, 2013
What's the Story?:
From Goodreads.com: "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."
My Two Cents:
"Shades of Earth" is the
final book in the Across the Universe trilogy. I have loved this series
from the beginning and I had been putting off this book for awhile just
because I wasn't ready to say goodbye to the characters or the story
(does anyone else do this???). Anyhow, I figured that it was time to
finish the series. I must say that I was not at all disappointed with
the way that this story ended.
In order to understand this book,
you definitely need to read the first two books. I actually sort of
wish that I re-read at least the second book before I read Shades of
Earth. Revis jumps right into the action without really giving a re-cap
of what happened. I was a tiny bit lost at first but slowly started
remembering what had happened in the previous books.
a lot of sci-fi/ YA books that have come out recently. There is a ton
of dystopian books but not many that are truly in the sci-fi genre. I
really, really loved that this book is truly in the sci-fi vein. This
book follows Elder and Amy as they finally land on the planet that they
were supposed to be traveling to for so long. Everything is supposed to
be better than all of the bad things that happened on the spaceship but
Elder and Amy's new world is full of new and different dangers.
love the characters in this book. As with the others books, the
chapters are alternately narrated between Elder and Amy. I liked this
because you get to see what each of these main characters are thinking. I
think especially with so much going on in this book, it was really good
to get a perspective from both characters.
knows how to keep you reading. I absolutely love the ending of this book
and I wish that I could tell you about it but I do not want to give you
a single detail because I don't want to give anything away! Needless to
say, it was a really great ending!