Shades of Earth by Beth Revis
Posted by Caitie F on March 28, 2013
Summary from goodreads:
Amy and Elder have finally left the oppressive walls of the spaceshipGodspeed 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.
The Across the Universe series is one of my favorites. I wanted to run out and read it the moment it came out, but stopped myself. Once I finished it, it would be over. The end of a series is always bittersweet, especially a series that you love. I just had to know what happened to Amy, Elder, and everyone else, so I broke down and got it.
It was SO good. I can’t decide if it was my favorite book in the series because the first one blew me away, but this was very very close.
The star of this book was Amy. She is what makes me love the series so much and she did not disappoint at all. She was really torn in this book between her family “Earthborns” and Elder and those on the ship “Shipborns”. She has gotten to know those on the ship for three months so they aren’t the other anymore, yet she missed her parents so much and wants to be with them. It comes to her as a shock when her father treats the Shipborns like they are lesser and shows prejudice against them and Elder. She has to make some hard decisions and really try to do what she feels is right. The final part of her journey and growth is wonderful to read and it solidifies her as one of my favorite characters of all time.
That isn’t to say Elder isn’t important – the reader is in his head for half the book. He is also struggling to work with the military and his people. He clashes with Amy’s father many times and refuses to be treated lesser because of his age or where he was born. He is a leader and he really fits that role in this book.
This book is also the most science fiction of the series, which is a huge plus. There is no more sci-fi lite. This has a new planet, monsters, space weapons and other life forms. A lot has happened while Godspeed was out in space.
Life and death is on the line so this was a very stressful book to read. I cried a couple times – Beth Revis is brutal! I had to read it in two sittings just so that I wouldn’t have the stress of not knowing what happened.
This was a perfect conclusion to a fantastic series. I am very excited to see what Beth Revis writes next and I am sure I will be buying it!