Published: January 15, 2013
Razorbill, hardcover, 369 pgs
Source: borrowed from Erica
GoodReads Summary: 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.ALMOST HOME.
This seriously is the year of concluding the series I love. LIFE IS SO UNFAIR. Why can't my beloved series go on forever? And a fast-favorite for me was Beth Revis' Across the Universe series. You guys, this series took hold of my life and didn't let up until I plowed through Across the Universe and A Million Suns. I can't believe I waited until 2012 to read these. And I'm glad I did, because the wait for Shades of Earth was excruciating enough.
THEY MADE IT TO CENTAURI EARTH! I was so excited for Amy & Elder to be able to be on solid ground, physically and relationshipinally. (New world, I make up new words. WHAT OF IT?) Centauri Earth was so dangerous, you guys. I know there's no such thing as monsters, but there were TOTALLY monsters there!
So many more secrets and lies and betrayals, such has become expected on Godspeed. But this time it's from people you totally wouldn't expect. And OH, the massacre. People die in Shades of Earth, and it's horrible. I'm one of those readers who believe that a tale of love and loss makes the best story, but listen: Shades of Earth packed the ouch. There was lots of heartbreak.
Shades of Earth, to me, felt...different...than its predecessors. I found myself actually missing the unknown on Godspeed. One thing I loved: Amy gets the chance to shine. It's like they switched roles, which totally made my Girl Power foam finger wave proudly.
I will tell you this (and you'll know when you get there): I ALMOST stopped reading because of This One Thing that threatened to break my soul. But I'm glad I read on.
Though Shades of Earth felt detached from the Across the Universe and A Million Suns, Beth Revis' stellar story-telling didn't fail. This is a series that will stay with me for a long time. Now I'm going to need her to get to writing more, more, MORE. PRONTO. Just kidding. A little.