Friday, February 15, 2013

Jen's Thoughts: Shades of Earth by Beth Revis

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.

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.


  1. I'm about halfway through this right now and this review terrifies me. WHAT'S THIS ONE THING?!

    Already, I totally get what you meant about it being slightly detached from Across the Universe and A Million Suns, and about missing Godspeed slightly.

    Gah, why must I go to work? Why can't I just read all day!

  2. Bahahaha, the one thing that almost made you stop reading? Well, when you were made happy, my hopes were dashed on the rocks. I REALLY wanted that to happen, just for originality's sake. Sigh. Why can't people's dreams be crushed sometimes? *goes to find a depressing contemporary novel*

  3. Right?? I totally missed Godspeed which is crazzzzzy of me!

  4. Oh my gosh. I'm nervous about the ONE THING.
    I love this series so hard. So very, very hard. But I have that weird FEAR that doesn't let me read series endings (even though I just read Boundless so YAY for me). I have TRIED to pick up Shades of Earth but I AM SO AFRAID HELP ME PLEASE.
    I just don't like to put the characters and the story away. I am so weird.
    OMG the ONE THING! I die. I'm terrified. And excited. And terrified.

  5. This one really did feel different from the other two in the series ... I missed Godspeed! I also wanted them to go OTHER PLACES, but it felt like so much was happening in the same place, with the same scenery. Still, it was a good read! I'm sad the series ended, but now we can get something new from Beth! :)

    Great review!

  6. Gosh i LOVED this series. Everytime I got one of these books, I alternated between wanting to read it super fast to not wanting the story to end. Out of all the dystopian series that is out there, this is my favorite of them all.

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