Thursday, June 27, 2013

Review: Shades of Earth by Beth Revis

Shades of Earth (Across the Universe #3) by Beth Revis
Publication Date: January 15, 2013
Publisher: Razorbill
Number of Pages: 369
Format: Hardback
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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.

Finally got around to reading the last book in this series. I do wish I did a re read of the first two since I didn't remember a lot of the details. Honestly I was a little disappointed in this book. It made a nice end to the trilogy. Beware there's a lot of death in this book.

They finally made it to the Centauri-Earth. But it's filled with dangers that they are unsure how to protect from. They finally wake up the frozen, and Amy gets to see her family again. With the military deaths from the first book, it makes Amy's father the highest rank and in charge. And it takes no time for him to assume leadership over everyone.

Elder realizes that the military are keeping secrets. And the biggest one? There was a previous Earth settlement that got killed out by an alien race that resides there. Not only that, but they keep attacking them and seems like there's noway to beat them.

We are introduced to a few new characters, including Chris. Chris is about 20, a few years older than Amy. Which she initially thought he was really young to be included on the mission, which he claims he just made the cut off. Chris and Amy seemed to hit it off, and I was hoping he would be a rival for Elder. I never really liked Elder, and thought him and Amy didn't make sense.

Even though I knew all along that Amy would end with Elder, I was hoping that her and Chris would have a fighting chance. I did like how the whole plot is filled with mystery. But the end result? Ehhh... Along the many deaths were a few that will make you go WTF. And the answers to all the questions? I was disappointed. I thought it would be more than that. And what happens to Amy? The poor girl has been through enough. The ending with Elder was so predictable.

Overall, the book and even series isn't bad. I just could never connect with Elder. And I never thought they were truly in love. They barely seemed to know anything about each other. Not to mention there were no other choices for them. The whole premise for the book is interesting and original. I do want to know more about the hybrids and the original settlement. Maybe we will get a spin off book or even a short story.

Rating: 3/5


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