“Frexing fantastic.”pengwendolen wrote this review Monday, February 4, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“interesting ending”jen b wrote this review Sunday, February 3, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Full review on Reader's Dialogue: http://readersdialogue.blogspot.com/2013/02/shades-of-earth.html
What an end to the series! Shades of Earth is amazing amazing amazing! It's a real up-and-down ride, taking you from utter fear to relieved complacency, right back to horrified terror and back again. The surprises keep coming, and the way the shipborns and Earthborns distrust each other means that they're all keeping secrets from each other even though they're all trying to find out the planet's secrets. It makes the whole story even more suspenseful. And waiting to see who will die next adds even more breath-holding to reading it. Just when you're starting to like someone, he or she is killed by the flying carnivores. And just when one of the scientists finds something illuminating, another twist happens so that all their theories are overturned.
The surprises started in the first two books, but they're intensified and magnified in this book. And as the book draws to a close, those surprises come thicker and faster. By the last fifty or so pages of the book, I was alternating between gasping in shock and slapping a hand over my mouth in grief, and cheering and shaking the book in the air in excitement. I literally went through that cycle at least five times, as every few pages the status kept changing. I love how the book ends. Believe me, you're in for a real shock there! Aside from figuring out what exactly has been going on on this planet and making huge decisions about how to deal with these revelations, Amy and Elder's relationship is tested and shaken. It's not a happyhappy last ten pages, but there's a satisfaction in having ultimately done the right thing, hard as it was, amid the grief over all those who have died.
Definitely read this book. It's a great end to the series, making this trilogy one I'm likely to reread often.”
“A wonderful conclusion to a trilogy I could not stop reading. Revis has done a good job of weaving an intricate plot and finally answering questions we were left with after the first two books. I want to see some more SciFi like this for Young Adults!”Emily P wrote this review Saturday, February 2, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“If I may quote Bartie, this book was "frexing brilly". I loved it! It was smart, engaging, engrossing and a perfect ending to the series.”K J wrote this review Friday, February 1, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“This series was so amazing! The mystery was compelling, the deaths sad and frustrating, the sci-fi believable and the relationships believable. This series is about making choices and facing the consequences. It is about growing up and taking responsibility. The characters grow and become stronger even though things are falling apart around them they make it through and still hold on to each other in the process. ”Veray C wrote this review Friday, February 1, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
There's something about these books that make them like chocolate mixed with heroin. As soon as I read the first few pages, I'm stuck reading until I'm done, and I just can't quit. I keep telling myself "I can put it down. I can put it down any time I want....I just don't want to." And that's how an entire evening gets inhaled by Beth Revis and her deviously entertaining books.
In Shades of Earth, the intrepid and somewhat bedraggled crew of the Godspeed finally make it to Centauri-Earth, despite knowing that there would be trouble once they landed. Nevertheless, our protagonists, Amy and Elder, are determined to make the most of it and create a home on the planet they have traveled for lifetimes to see.
Of course, the trouble wasn't overblown and the body count starts climbing the second they land. (No spoilers there, trust me. Revis just isn't shy about offing people left and right throughout these books.) There is a mystery as to what happened on the planet - and what might still be happening. Monster-aliens and mysterious deaths stalk the Godspeed folks. Trust is in short supply. And of course, there are still more clues from Orion about the nature of the threat.
All in all, this is a bang-up ride from beginining to end. I can't honestly say that these are the best books I've EVER read, but this hands down one of the most solidly entertaining and gripping series I've read in years. There isn't a bad book in the trio, and the drama gets appropriately more intense as the story unravels.
I honestly bought this book with the intention of donating it to my local library...but now I think I might be greedy and keep it, because I loved this finale so much.”
“This is definitely the best book of the trilogy! Elder and Amy along with the frozens and the Godspeed group that chose to land on Centauri-Earth find that their new planet is not as welcoming as expected. As the shuttle begins its landing procedure, they are thrown off course by an impact and several people on the ship are killed or injured. When Elder ventures outside, he is attacked by what looks like a pterodactyl and Amy has to come to his rescue. After the frozens come out of their cryo state, the military takes over just as Orion had predicted and the colony finds itself under another attack. One mysterious event after another leave Amy and Elder wondering who is the enemy and they find themselves going back to Orion's clues to solve the mystery and that leads Elder to return to Godspeed to solve the mystery of what's happening on Centauri-Earth. The book keeps you guessing from beginning to end with surprises around every corner. You don't know who the bad guys are or why until the very end. Great book...Just Read It!”Pat K wrote this review Monday, January 28, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“This is definitely the best book I've read so far this year. Its beyond amazing, and I'm not sure how to really write a review for it without giving too much away! Be forewarned, if you haven't read the first two books, there will be spoilers, so you might not want to read this review yet!
Here we go. Elder and Amy manage to crash land the ship. And immediately, neither one of them is on the same page. As soon as they land there is strife. Some of the passengers have been hurt badly ( a few killed) and Elder wants to take care of them first. Amy, meanwhile, starts the unfreeze process of the Frozens. She is anxious to see her parents, but Elder is really not happy with her. When the Frozens wake up, we realize that Amy's dad is in charge. And he reminds Elder a lot of Eldest.
Colonel Martin (Amy's dad) does not recognize the leadership role of Elder. Its immediate from the start that he is in control, and the Shipborn people do not matter to him at all. There isn't a lot of time for a debate, though, because survival is all anyone has time for. They are not sure what's on this planet, but people start dying horribly.
I'm not giving away too much here, this all happens within 50 pages. So the theme of a controlling dictator continues in this story. It seemed amazing to me that Elder and Amy had come so far, to have to start all over again. Elder does not trust Colonel Martin, and sets out to find out what he's hiding. Amy stays mostly loyal to her dad, but she does question his orders a few times. She doesn't like the way he looks at Elder and the shipborns, like they are cattle and not people.
I took away so much from this series, but one thing really stands out to me. Amy. She is the only character in the entire story who is a part of every group of people represented in the series. So she is the only one who is also sympathetic to everyone. She's from Sol-Earth; She lived with the Shipborns so she feels she understands them and what its like to live on a ship; And she becomes part of the group of people on the new planet. Amy is the only character who can bring these groups together and fix things. It made the whole thing very believable, and kudos to Beth Revis for writing it that way!
The ending was amazing. Something really bad happens here, and I was so upset that it wasn't going to be a happy ever after, but I was satisfied with the way things ended. We finally realize all the secrets, and nothing is what we thought. I was surprised yet again--I thought I knew what was happening, but I was wrong! Everything finally made sense. It was exactly like watching The Sixth Sense, and it made me want to reread all the books again!
Actually, I wouldn't be surprised if Revis does a spin off series, because there is so much story left to this new planet. I also think this sci-fi dystopian adventure would make some great movies! I hope you get a chance to read this series. It is one of the most gripping dytopians I have read!”