Review * Shades of Earth by Beth Revis

February 19, 2013 Reviews 6 ★★★★★

Review * Shades of Earth by Beth RevisShades of Earth by Beth Revis
Series: Across the Universe #3
Published by Razorbill on January 15, 2013
Genres: Science Fiction, Young Adult
Pages: 369
Format: Hardcover
Source: Purchased
Also in this series: Across the Universe, A Million Suns
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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 haveany 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.


What I Thought…

  • Shades of Earth is completely different from the first two. First, they are finally off the ship! Second, all the people are woken up so you essentially have two groups fighting for power. Elder is at a huge disadvantage obviously because he is much younger than the frozens and isn’t military trained.
  • Shades of Earth has a very delicious Lost vibe. There is lots of crazy bad stuff happening but you aren’t sure what’s causing it because the whole planet is filled with the unknown. The first half of the book had me fairly creeped out.
  • People die. I know this might be cause for complaint with some people, but not with me. Obviously I wasn’t thrilled with some of the deaths but killing off a bunch of nobody’s is boring.
  • Amy’s parents are exactly how I pictured them. Her military dad was very take charge, Amy has to stay secluded blah blah blah. Her scientist mother was oblivious to a lot of things because she was so concerned about the planet and not about what was going on around her.
  • Chris is one of the youngest of the military bunch and takes a personal liking to Amy. He hangs around her a lot and Elder doesn’t take this too well.
  • While quite a bit of Shades of Earth took me by surprise there were some things that were quite obvious. There were some things about the planet that the characters were pretty obtuse about and it drove me nuts that it seemed like no one could see what I could see.
  • In my review of A Million Suns I complained about one of my least favorite plot devices – the treasure hunt. In Shades of Earth Revis uses one of my favorite plot devices. I can’t really go into details because of spoilers but this one always takes me by surprise and I love it.
  • I had a slight problem with the ending, there was one aspect of the ending that was just a little too neat in my opinion. I just don’t see how something that big could be quite so easy.

Notable Quotes

“I learned that life is so, so fragile. I learned that you can know someone for just days and never forget the impression he left on you. I learned that art can be beautiful and sad at the same time. I learned that if someone loves you, he’ll wait for you to love him back. I learned that how much you want something doesn’t determine whether you get it or not, that “no” might not be enough, that life isn’t fair, that my parents can’t save me, that maybe no one can.”

“Who are the real monsters?”


6 Responses to “Review * Shades of Earth by Beth Revis”

  1. Jenny

    I don’t intend to read the rest of this series but I’m glad to hear that at least one book takes place on the planet.

  2. Jenn Renee

    Awesome review. I am so jealous, I haven’t been able to read this book yet but I so want to love the series. I also agree killing nobody off is boring! need some good tears and heart wrenching moments thrown in somewhere.

  3. Ivana -WTSL

    Reading your review makes me want to reread the whole series again. Though I’m a bit afraid that I’d notice problems that I may have overlooked on the first reading because I was so crazy in love. Does that make any sense? :D
    Great review!