Title: Shades of Earth
Author: Beth Revis
Series: Across the Universe, #3
Date(s) read: February 16 – 17, 2013
Genre: YA dystopian
Source: Purchased (Hardcover)
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.
I don’t know what it is about Beth Revis’s writing, but I was flailing around the room when I finally got this book. In fact, it was the last one on the shelf at the bookstore and I almost did a little “win” dance because I was the one who snagged it. I’m cool like that.
I had to dive into this one right away because it had already been out for a week before I finally got my copy and I didn’t want anyone spoiling it for me! This is the last book in the Across the Universe series and I found myself so sad to see it end. I have had such a great time following Amy and Elder through the universe that I knew I would have a hard time letting them go.
I also should comment that I do really love the new covers for the series and think that the cover for Shades of Earth is even more beautiful on the physical hardcover — I only wish I had the other two books in the series with the same style of cover! But I digress! On with the book review!
Book endings can be such a difficult thing, but I do think that Beth Revis handled it wonderfully. Yes, there may have been a few moments that were just a little too neat — perhaps wanting to appease as many fans as possible — but it was a great conclusion to finally have the people of Godspeed reach the planet they had spent centuries trying to get to. I was torn knowing that the “frozens” would be woken up because I had come to really like the people of Godspeed, as well as Amy, that I felt things would get too muddled with MORE characters. It was a different, but a good kind of different.
It was an interesting thing to see Elder react after the frozens were woken up — in a way, I wanted him to really man up and become a leader, but leading the people of Godspeed (who had been on Phyllus for so long) is a lot different than leading people who came from the old Earth and actually had feelings and thoughts of their own — to have these feelings and thoughts isn’t a new idea to them, like it was to the people of Godspeed.
There were many ups and downs to this novel, and parts I loved and parts I didn’t love so much. Amy bothered me a lot throughout the story and I felt like her character changed from the instant the shuttle from Godspeed landed on the new Earth. I’m still not sure if that change was for the better. Of course, Elder changed as well. While I was convinced of their romance in previous books, I found myself waning in this one, curious about other options. With all hell breaking loose and strange monsters on the new Earth, it was hard to really get those relationships that I had been longing for on Godspeed.
Of course, while I did enjoy the new scenery of the new Earth, I was finding myself longing to be back on Godspeed. I felt like a lot of the time was spent between only a few places on this new planet and I wanted more. Maybe it was because of the lack of the frozens, but I really enjoyed the times spent on Godspeed in the previous books. To me, I think those first two books will remain the strongest in the series. Maybe it’s an anticipation issue — of knowing that the new Earth is out there and Godspeed is going to get there, but then once they actually reach it, I found certain aspects anticlimactic.
I felt like this was a worthy ending to the series, even if things were wrapped up a little too neatly. Beth Revis continues to surprise me with her writing — just when I think things are great, she does something mean, and then when I think she’s being cruel, she does something to make me smile. I really can’t wait to see what other stories she has up her sleeve!