Shades of Earth by Beth Revis
The third instalment of the Across the universe series.
My rating – 4.5*/5*
“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.”
Well that was one hell of a roller coaster!!
Now, I did come into this book a bit nervous but that is just because I wasn’t that big on the ending for A Million Suns, but I can’t deny that I wasn’t excited to see how the story was going to end. Yep, this is the last book in this universe and I’m pretty gutted to say that, at least and this has been a truly wonderful world to read.
This story will have some spoilers from the two books which I am sorry about but i’m no sure if I can even review this properly without giving some details away! If there is one amazing thing about this book, all through the series actually is that Beth Revis is one heck of an amazing writer, she can transport you in a matter of seconds into a different world and she did that amazingly, her writing was beautiful and I felt like I was truly part of this book and on the Godspeed, going exactly through what the characters were.
The book starts off pretty much where the previous book left with Amy and Elder flying towards the new planet, it was a bit of a bumpy landing but they finally arrived there safe and sound and Amy’s first concern was of course to wake up her parents, I mean come on. Who wouldn’t? She thought she would never see them ever again so i’m not surprised that it was her first and pretty much only thought.
“What is in our hearts is real whether we name it or let it exist only in darkness or silence.”
Her parents, well I didn’t really like them that much. Her dad soon took control over the situation and didn’t really care for Elder and his people which I didn’t like. Amy’s mom was okay, I wasn’t that fond of her from the start but the more we got to find out about her the more I began to like her, a lot more than her dad anyway.
There weren’t a lot of new characters that I actually like in this book, there were a lot of new characters that I liked to hate 😉
I think my favourite slightly new characters were Emma from Sol-earth and Kit from Godspeed.
Let me tell you something write now and that is that Revis is in no way afraid to kill people off, which I loved and hated her for. This book was full of action and it was nice to learn more about Godspeed and Phydus, thankfully a lot of the questions I had from the previous book were answered in this one.
“But death doesn’t work like that. It doesn’t care if someone loves you, doesn’t want you to go. It just takes. It takes and it takes until eventually you have nothing left.”
I know what you are thinking, this book sounds fantastic so why not the full 5 stars, and well it’s pretty simple really.
I know, I know.
But, I couldn’t help it!
There is this new guy Chris who is on the planet and all of a sudden it’s like “Elder who??!?!?” and I just didn’t like that in the book, mostly because I didn’t feel like there was any need for that, I was fine with the character of Chris, I just didn’t see that there was any need for it to be some sort of weird love triangle….
This book really was an enjoyable and heartbreaking at times read and it was the perfect ending to an amazing series 🙂
You can see my review for the other books in this series below –
Across The Universe – https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/1288218964?book_show_action=false&from_review_page=1