Book: Shades of Earth (Across the Universe #3) by Beth Revis
Date Published: January 15th, 2013
Date Started: June 25th, 2014
Date Finished: July 2nd, 2014
Other Books Reviewed: Across the Universe, A Million Suns
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.
FUELED BY LIES.
RULED BY CHAOS.
*There are spoilers for Across the Universe and A Million Suns in this review because it simply cannot be avoided. I urge you to check out the reviews of the first two books first before continuing reading this one.
Wow. What an ending to this series. This ending had me heartbroken, happy, and I felt a need for revenge like no other. I was really satisfied with this ending, and I’m glad I can put this series to bed.
When we left Amy and Elder on the spaceship Godspeed, they were preparing to take off to land on Centauri-Earth. Now that they have landed on the planet, its much more different than they expected. Especially now that the other frozens are now awake. Power is starting to shift among the people, leaving Elder in the dust. Amy is torn because her father is the military commander in charge now. But there is a even bigger threat on the planet, one that Orion warned them about. Unfortunately, they don’t know who or what it is. They’ll have to work together to survive, but thats a harder task than it really seems.
So one of the things that kind of bothered me about Amy was the fact that she felt like she couldn’t say she loved Elder because she didn’t have a choice between him or someone else. I always thought that she did have a choice, being with Elder or being alone. But there was a sort of love triangle introduced in this book, and I think it opened Amy’s eyes up a bit. I said previously that I was okay if Amy and Elder didn’t end up together, but I think the ending was totally unexpected for me, and I was really happy about it. This story is a good mystery, one after another, and I think the twists and turns are enough to keep people hooked.
The storyline keeps getting better and better in my opinion. I think I definitely like Shades of Earth better than Across the Universe. The action kept building up, and getting more suspenseful. It was also a nice change of scenery than the walls of the spaceship. All the characters ever really talked about was reaching Centauri-Earth, and they finally made it in this one. There was some talk in this book about the FRX, which was the company that funded the mission to Centauri-Earth, and I was kind of hoping for a showdown with them. I’m sure that could add to another sequel or something, but I think for Amy and Elder, this was a nice ending. They were always fighting some force or another, and perhaps they should be done fighting for a while.
Now, as for the series as a whole. I loved the mystery. I loved the science. I loved the space travel, the aliens, the social tension, everything. It was just nice not to have a storyline where the love story was the overarching plot that clouded over everything. I loved that survival was the most important aspect of these books, and its a nice change of pace. If you love sci-fi or mystery, I definitely recommend this series to you.