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“This was one thrill after another. I spent the vast majority of this time horrified for all of the characters, sometimes even for myself---over-active imagination! Things are all brought together very well, there is some serious pay off for all the waiting we've been doing for certain mysteries...”see full review » see other reviews »
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“I had so been looking forward to reading this final (third) volume in the Across the Universe trilogy. Thankfully, Revis did not disappoint! About half of the shipbound and the sleepers head down to the destination Centauri Earth and land to find that they are faced with no shortage of troubles. Amy, a former sleeper awakened early, and Elder, the leader of the shipbound are confronted with a leadership challenge as Amy's dad, who is now the leaders of the former sleepers seems to want to take control.
As they are sorting through conflict between the shipbound and the sleepers, Centauri Earth quickly shows its teeth. Pterodactyl-like creatures and mysterious lizard-like monsters keep attacking the new colonists. The settlers find what appears to be a former human settlement as they hunt for refuge, but it quickly becomes clear that the more they learn about their new home, the more they are going to have to fight to survive. Unfortunately, not everyone will!
I have to admit that Revis took this book in a very different direction than I had expected. To some degree, parts of it were predictable, but that did not take away from the enjoyment. There is lots of action, and I was reminded in some way of the Pern or Dinosaur Planet books written by Anne McCaffrey. The action really doesn't stop, and readers are drawn into familiar characters as they fight to live. This is definitely a great conclusion to the series.”
“Review courtesy of Dark Faerie Tales.
Quick & Dirty: A fantastic ending to a spectacular series. Military and aliens and solar power… Oh my.
Opening Sentence: “Wait,” I say, my heart clenching.
This is it. Amy and Elder and the some of the inhabitants of Godspeed have finally landed on Centauri-Earth. But it is not at all what they expected. Sure it still resembles the real Earth, but there are foreign things already inhabiting that planet. Dangerous plants, wild dinosaur animals and mysterious aliens are only the beginning of this new adventure for Amy and Elder.
With Orion’s warnings ringing in their heads, Elder and Amy initiate the defrosting of the Earth-borns (military and scientists). All seems well until the ship they took to Centauri-Earth goes on lockdown. This is just the tip of the iceburg of problems they face – and one of the only ones they solve. Full of mystery, suspense and romance, Shades of Earth is a great ending to this sci-fi space adventure.
Revis does it again. There are so many great twists and turns and sweet romance scenes from cover to cover. With beautiful writing and a stunning world, this book is the best of the series. Revis portrays Centauri-Earth as a beautiful world similar to Earth, but with distinct differences that make it so dangerous. This book is unique – it presents a new setting different from the rest of the series, requiring more world building in the LAST BOOK. I thought Revis executed this superbly, informing us without bogging us down with information.
The characters were amazing, as usual – although a bit annoying at times too. Amy switches loyalty back and forth between Elder and her parents. She trusts both equally, but when it comes down to it she can’t always have both. Elder stepped up as the leader he is supposed to be – not exactly giving orders, but he always thinks about their safety and role in the new colony. Amy and Elder’s romance is just about the only steadfast part of this book. I really appreciated how the romance didn’t overwhelm the new colony/new characters. Amy and Elder didn’t have any major woes where the plot focused mainly on overcoming some misunderstanding, but instead depended on each other to get through the problems of becoming a colony.
Just like with the new setting, Revis does a wonderful job introducing a slew of new characters. They don’t bog down the rest of the story but enhance it to move the story along. I’d have to say my favorite new character would be Amy’s mom. She is understanding and never puts pressure on Amy to decide what to do.
Overall, this is such a great series, and this book ends it perfectly. Although the ending is not neatly tied in a bow, it does have enough tied strings that it satisfies the reader. I cannot wait to see what Revis has in store next!
“Well,” Mom says, wiping crumbs from her shirt, “I’m heading to the lab.”
At the mention of this, I think about what I discovered last night, with Chris. The words are on the tip of my tongue, but at the last moment, I bite them back. I’m not ready to tell them this. Not yet. I want to tell Elder first.
Dad peers outside, then calls back to Mom. “Chris isn’t here. I’ll escort you to the lab. Amy, are you going?”
I’m not – but I follow them outside to say goodbye just as the suns start to rise. Around us, we can hear signs of others waking, soft chatter and shuffling as people greet the new day. It’s amazing to me how quickly we’ve fallen into this role of colonists. How quickly we’ve made this our home.
And then the forest explodes.
FTC Advisory: Razorbill provided me with a copy of Shades of Earth. No goody bags, sponsorships, “material connections,” or bribes were exchanged for my review.”
“Beautiful ending to a beautiful series!
(This review will contain MANY spoilers, Be WARNED)
Where to begin...
Let me start by saying, I knew it! I KNEW it.I knew that her parents weren't going to understand Amy and 'shipborn' humans. I also knew that the 'aliens' that were attacking them were probably evolved humans of the first colony (don't I feel clever). I didn't take it as far as assuming the hybrid outcasts existed, but I definitely knew that these 'aliens' were much more human than met the eye.
We jump right where we left off on A Million Suns: Elder and Amy landing on centauri-Earth. Almost immediately after landing, Amy unfreezes her parents, which is understandable but irrational. Amy had a child-like mentality at the beginning of this book. She always felt like her parents could save her, make everything better and all the bad feelings disappear. Boy was she in for an awakening. By the end of the book Amy is left parentless and turns into a badass hybrid buttkicking machine , and she grows up. I really like her transition and I really liked her character overall. Yay for the new Amy!
Elder... was Elder. Trying to take control of the new environment and be the leader for his people all the while trying to fight off Amy's dad (who just so happens to be the top military colonel in command for the Earth-born). Orions message of "soldiers or slaves" never strayed too far from Elder's mind. I was never a big fan of Elder. I don't know, I think it's my tendency of liking rouge bad boys trying to redeem themselves hahaha. Elder was never a bad guy, he was a great character who I think suits Amy nicely.
When Chris's 'flirtatious' eyes were mentioned, my eyes instantly narrowed and I sniffed the air (figuratively of course). *sniff sniff* I smell a love triangle forming. I was wondering when that was going to happen, this is a modern YA book series after all. Thankfully Amy's romantic feelings aren't as conflicted as every other teenage girl in YA book history. She stayed pretty devoted to Elder. Kudos Amy (cause I would've chosen Chris ;)
Chris though. I definitely did not see that coming AT ALL. I assumed that Colonel Martin knew the guy beforehand (as in, on sol-Earth) but apparently not. The whole ending to me was so refreshing! I did not see half of what was going to happen. And as much as I like Elder for Amy, I almost hoped that he had died. That would have of been an ok ending for me, a bit more realistic. My need for sad endings is always getting in the way.
I was kind of hoping that this was not a trilogy. I think I'd be OK with a couple more books because I really love this storyline and characters.
This series caters to both male and female readers, which is hard to find in the YA book section I think.
This is definitely a series that is going to stick with me for a while
Well done Beth Revis, well done. And Thank You!
YES! I would most definitely recommend!”
“Karin said: ★ ★ ★ ★
Elder and Amy are in the bridge of the shuttle at the bottom of Goodspeed with 2/3 of the crew tethered in the other part of it. Should they press the button to land where monsters and other terrors like, or should they stay and fight to restore peace and tranquility aboard what may be a dying ship?
The shuttle lands after some disruption, only to be terrorized by giant flying creatures. The crew from earth, including Any's parents, are thawed and brought back. After the murder of the first two people in the chain of command, Amy's father is now in charge of the crew from earth. He and Elder vie for distribution of power. Not knowing anything about what happened aboard Goodspeed while frozen, Commander Martin has a difficult time comprehending why a teenage boy is the understood leader of the shipborn.
Danger lurks both within and without of the shuttle, but they have to leave the ship to avoid being locked in without enough food or water if there is danger that causes the ship to close up. Crew members begin to die from various causes, including what become obvious attacks on them by unknown animals and even sapient beings. It also becomes obvious that some people are lying to others, including Commander Martin, and it appears that there has been contact from earth before these people, some frozen for about 500 years instead of the original 300, arrived as space travel advanced on Sol-Earth.
Another page-turner, and one worth reading until the end.”
“Sequel to A Million Suns”EmmasaysRawr wrote this review Thursday, June 13, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No