Friday, November 21, 2014

Shades of Earth



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Today’s post is on Shades of Earth by Beth Revis. It is the last in her Across the Universe trilogy. It is 369 pages long and is published by Razor Bill. The cover is green with plants growing around the title which is metal looking. The intended reader is someone who has read the first two. It is geared mostly towards young adult but adults would enjoy this science fiction tale. There is someone language, hints of sex, and some violence in this book. The story is told from the first person perspective of the two main character’s moving from chapter to chapter. There Be Spoilers Ahead.

From the dust jacket- 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 that 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 uncover who- or what- 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 human on this, their most harrowing journey yet. Because if the colony collapse? Then everything they have sacrificed- friends, family, life on Earth- will have been for nothing.

Review- This was a pretty good close to this trilogy. Something things felt a little rushed but I think that Revis finishes the books well. Amy’s parents are in this one a little I would have liked them to really have had time to get to know them but that is not the way it worked out. This book is very fast paced. Everything happens within about a week unlike the slower build of the first two books. Amy and Elder have to become the leaders that they are trying to be. I think that Revis is going to be writing more in this universe and if she does I hope that we go back to Earth to see what is really going on there. There is action, adventure, and more riddles but the riddles are not really the point of this book. The point I think is Amy and Elder becoming adults by trail of fire. There is a lot of death in book but it is an ending that sometimes people have to die for the ending. If you liked the first two I think that you will like the ending of Shades of Earth.

I give this book a Five out of Five stars. I get nothing for my review and I borrowed this book from my local library.