Monday, September 2, 2013

Book Review: Shades of Earth by Beth Revis

Title: Shades of Earth
Series: Across the Universe #3
Author: Beth Revis
Publisher: Razorbill (January 15, 2013)
Genre: YA Science Fiction Romance

Format Read: Ebook
Length: Novel
Source: Purchased

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.



Teaser: “This concludes the landing of the shuttle,” the computer says. “Please shift operational command of the mission to the highest-ranking officer in cryogenics once reanimation is complete.” [4% of Kindle Edition. I have to admit this made me laugh a bit. It seems so stereotypical sci-fi story. Loved it!]

Review: Centauri-Earth is within reach, but Amy and Elder have not left the lies and secrets behind in Beth Revis’ Shades of Earth.

Like the previous two books in the trilogy, Shades of Earth has a fast-paced, twisty plot that leaves a reader guessing until the very end. I love the multi-level world building Revis creates throughout the trilogy, but Centauri-Earth is a particularly special and mysterious planet. The action never stops, and the romance between Elder and Amy goes through its own twists and turns.

The novel is told through dual points of view between Amy and Elder, so the reader gets a sense of how the plot affects both characters. I love how Amy and Elder grow as characters and into their positions within this new society. The conflict between the ones from old Earth and the new one come to a head as well in this novel, which adds to the tension. And the ending left me breathless.

I loved Shades of Earth by Beth Revis as much as Across the Universe and A Million Suns. This trilogy is one of my favorite trilogies of all time.

 Five Bookworms = I loved it!