“Oh. My. God. Honestly, that was my reaction at the beginning, middle and end of SHADES OF EARTH by Beth Revis. I think this one is my favourite of the trilogy, hands down. I was completely happy and had to hold myself back from reading the ending so many times. I just wanted to know that everyone was ok and that things turned out right for Amy and Elder.
Beth Revis continues to amaze me with her descriptive world building. And now we get more than just the Godspeed! The planet is lush and fully realized. There’s this bit of a Pitch Black feel to the creatures that Amy, Elder and the others come across. The emotion that comes through in the writing really adds to the sense of fear and the unknown that permeates the majority of the novel. The shuttle landing was intense and Amy’s dad? Kind of a dick. I mean, as the book goes on you kind of understand where he’s coming from, but I still was not his biggest fan. There’s this amazing mystery that starts to unfold as soon as they land on the planet and wake those frozen in cryo. All the little pieces start to come together and mesh as the story continues, with the big reveals wonderfully planned out for shock and “I should have known!” moments. The suspense is one of the best parts of the book, as is the fast-paced plot and action mixed with a murder mystery.
I also really enjoyed that we get to see snippets of the Plague Eldest and learn more about Godspeed’s mission and why Orion did what he did. I honestly was surprised and impressed with the twists. I definitely didn’t see the final explanation coming and guh. Just guh. Beth Revis likes to kill off her characters, that’s all I can say! Characterization was still wonderful – I feel that Amy and Elder continue to grow as individuals and a couple. And of course we get to see a different side of Amy once her mother and father are present, and how they (and the others from cryo) interact with Elder and the shipborns. Elder really falls into this “hero and leader” persona that you could tell from Across the Universe and A Million Suns he had in him all the time, he just had to embrace it. Elder’s got a good head on his shoulders and he really cares for his people and Amy.
SHADES OF EARTH by Beth Revis is a fitting and beautiful end to one of my favourite trilogies. Everything that has occurred in the previous books was leading to this epic end and I couldn’t have been more happy with it. And she left it open to continue playing in this universe if she wanted! I mean, the ending gives us this great “and now you imagine what happens next” scenario in that way really good books do, but I would love to see a fifteen years down the road type story at some point. New characters but with the old ones still in the background and new obstacles. Let’s face it, I just don’t want to say goodbye to Amy, Elder and the shipborns yet!”
“I loved it and highly recommend it to anyone looking for a good series! :)”Ashley M. wrote this review Tuesday, March 26, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“I loved Across the Universe. A Million Suns was just okay. This one landed even further down the rung. Cliche, laughable, and totally predictable. I truly felt like I lost brain cells reading this one. If the series continued, I wouldn't bother reading... but thankfully this is the end (a cliche, laughable, and totally predictable end, but the end nonetheless).”Sarah AK wrote this review Sunday, March 24, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“A solid ending to a decent trilogy. ”Northernzia wrote this review Monday, April 8, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“I was completely satisfied with the end of this trilogy. I enjoyed the book and felt the same excitement reading this one that I did reading the other two. Overall, a good series. Not for everyone, but for people who are into spaceships and drama and whatnot.”Jenny W wrote this review Monday, April 1, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“HOT OFF THE PRESS!”Erin District High School Library wrote this review Tuesday, March 19, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“In short: Shades of Earth by Beth Revis was an intense and thrilling finale to an incredibly exciting and entertaining series.
FREX, Shades of Earth was INTENSE. The action picks up right where it left off in A Million Suns and does not let up. As with Across the Universe and A Million Suns, Shades of Earth is very fast paced and that, along with short chapters that all end in mini cliffhangers, will ensure that you speed through the story quickly. Shades of Earth is a fantastic conclusion to an incredibly fun and entertaining series. The stakes are raised to a seemingly impossibly high amount. I've come to care for Elder and Amy so much that I was all the more tense while reading, just hoping they would make it through the series okay. Chaos, lies, and murder abound in this absolutely thrilling finale.
Probably one of my favourite things about the Across the Universe Trilogy is the frequency of surprising and shocking twists in the plot. I'm not exactly sure how she does it, but just when you think there couldn't possibly be any secrets left to reveal in this world - BAM - Beth Revis hits you with a whopper that leaves you reeling and in need of a moment to gather your wits about you in the wake of all that craziness. Seemingly in the next moment - BAM - comes another blow, another crazy surprise twist that had never occurred to you and has you literally gasping out loud. Again and again and again. This is what makes this series so FUN and I LOVE it.
Those who have read Across the Universe and A Million Suns know that Beth Revis is a master of world building and Shades of Earth is no exception - it is always intriguing and never bogged down with too many details that would bore. What's more, she's set up an amazing base for if she ever chose to continue writing books set in this world. She could write a whole new trilogy with how much is left to discover! And it would be just as exciting and intriguing as the world building in this trilogy, I'm sure! And I would absolutely need to be first in line to get it.
Now, I can't say that Shades of Earth is absolutely perfect - I noticed a number of plot holes and scientific inaccuracies - but I could really care less. In my mind, those minor mistakes take a back seat to the real meat of the novel. Shades of Earth, and indeed the entire trilogy on a whole, is exciting, surprising, and entertaining. It is an awesome sci fi, and insane thriller, and a deep felt romance. If you haven't read this trilogy yet, then what the heck are you waiting for?”
“It is the 3rd book of across the universe trilogy...It's bound to be epic. ”Angela wrote this review Tuesday, March 12, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“I had totally forgotten this had come out when I stumbled across it on one of my Amazon Wish Lists. I'd checked when it first came out if my library had it and they didn't, but they must have gotten it some time later.
It took me a bit to recall what had happened in the previous books. I'd read some the PJ Haarsma Softwire books around the same time and I'd gotten them a little mixed up. But it wasn't long until my memory was jogged. I really enjoyed this one. I'd definitely recommend this trilogy (it is a trilogy and not a series, yeah?). ”