November 15, 2012

Shades of Earth by Beth Revis


Publisher's 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.

FUELED BY LIES.
RULED BY CHAOS.
ALMOST HOME.
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My take: Beth Revis has one crazy imagination! It is completely ludicrous that she was able to accomplish such a jaw dropping resolution to this trilogy, and I’m outright mystified how she did it. If you thought the first two books were insane, well . . . you are in for a shocker with this one because she surpassed the first two by a long shot in my opinion! I’ll tell you what; Beth Revis has no shame in killing off people I had not at all expected would be done away with. I mean, you can usually guess who will be the next one to die in a movie…but not in this book. And then every jaw dropping scene took me several moments to process because each one was so unbelievably insane! Can you tell that I loved this book?

There are a lot of characters introduced in this book, but I was always kind of leery with getting too attached to them. And that’s because Beth Revis did a great job of making me cautious to see if they deserved my trust or if they even deserved to be liked. I’ll have to admit that I wasn’t quite as paranoid as Elder was, but at the same time, I’m wondering if it would have been better for my sanity to have been just a little more paranoid myself. Elder did get on my nerves several times, but I still like his character and I personally liked Amy’s character a whole lot better after this book.

I was completely sucked into this story from the very first page; in fact, I’m pretty sure Shades of Earth didn’t leave my fingers until I turned the last page. But it was the last half of the book that had me freaking out! There was one crazy twist after another and there simply was no way for me to guess how this story would end; so much so that when the book was nearing the end, I was actually a little nervous that Beth wouldn’t be able to accomplish a proper ending. But she tied everything up nicely and ended the story flawlessly.

I am for sure a Beth Revis fan, and I’ll be keeping a close eye out for any upcoming new books written by her.


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30 comments:

Lily Child said...

I loooove this series! I can't wait to read this one!

Dizneeee (Lisa) said...

Gah! I'm ashamed to say that I haven't read A Million Suns yet. It's on my shelf waiting for me. I LOVED the first book and I know I will love the other two.

Thank you for the great review!

Nick Camarata said...

I just finished up the 2nd book today. It was so great! I'm so glad to hear this one is even better. Heck, I wasn't sure that was even possible.

manda-rae said...

I can't wait for this book!!! And your review has me excited...

Amy said...

I have the first two books, but haven't read them yet. I am so sad that they changed the covers because now the last one won't match. This sounds like an incredible series and I plan to read it soon.

Kristina said...

AHHH I can't wait for this one! You have me even more intrigued by this book! I Can't wait!!

Jennifer Messerschmidt said...

OMG! You have me even more excited and nervous for this book! Who will die?! What twists and turns await them on the island?! I don't blame Elder for being suspicious one it. Let me guess evil aliens?! Or the evil people they wake up?! Ahhh I can't wait!

KtTurner said...

Fantastic review. I cannot wait to start reading this series. You have gotten me excited to start straight away. Thanks for sharing!

Kirsten! said...

Aw man, I have really got to start/finish A Million Suns before this one comes out (not that it'll be that difficult, I finished Across the Universe in a day). I'm glad that this one sounds just as good- disappointing finales to a great series are completely heartbreaking.

illflyawayoneday said...

Cannot wait, I have to read A Million suns first!!

Braiden said...

Twist after twist? The book didn't leave your hands? OH MAN OH MAN OH MAN you make me so much more excited for it. I need to find out what happens... now! Sweet review.

Richa Parande said...

Ahh I can't wait to read this!! It sounds AMAZING. Though I'm a little scared now, since you mentioned she's not afraid to kill people off :P
But I'm so happy the ending wraps up nicely!

Lynn K. said...

I love books with great twists! Ahhh not long until the release now then I can finally get started on this series. Been waiting for the final book for ages so I can read them together! Thanks for getting me all excited. xD

Victoria said...

Great review. I really have been anxiously awaiting this book. I agree with you that Beth has one great imagination to come up with this great trilogy.
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Melissas Eclectic Bookshelf said...

I can not wait to find out what those twists are! This book sounds epic!

Caity said...

I have to admit, i wasn't crazy about Across the Universe the first time i read it. But the second time around i appreciated it more...and then when i read A Million Suns i was addicted :)
i can't wait for Shades of Earth!!!! I hope its as good as you say it is (no doubt it will be) and i can't wait for twist after twist

erin said...

thanks for the awesome review! I've got this series buried in my TBR mountain range. Gotta go get a hard hat and dig it out :)

Brooke DelVecchio said...

Great review! Thanks!

Barbara E. said...

I enjoyed your review and Shades of Earth sounds like a really great book. I've decided I need to read this trilogy. :D

Tammy said...

I loved the review. This book sounds great.

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Tammy said...

I have not read the first two books to this series but I am putting on my tbr pile.

Ash said...

I really have to get started on this series soon. It's fantastic.. love the cover soo much.

Roxana Z. said...

From your review I understand that I'll love this one like I loved Across the Universe. Thank you very much for this beautiful review!

mary ann(RunOnce828) said...

I haven't read the first book yet but I'm planning to. And reading your review about this makes me want to go to the bookstore or my friend to borrow her book! :) Love your review!<3

Dark_Calling said...

I can't wait to read this one after I read A Million Suns! I LOVED Across the Universe. Definitely one of the best YA books ever written <3.

Elisquared said...

Isn't Beth so evil? She throws curve ball after curve ball at you, and then BAM your favorite character is dead!!! I'm a little hesitant going into Shades just because I know I'm going to be gasping, and maybe crying? the entire time!

Thanks for the review; I am very excited (even if I'm a little scared) to read the ast installment!

Team Kellmett said...

This book sounds amazing & your review has me excited! :D

Mary Preston said...

So pleased to hear that this book is amazing. A fabulous review thank you.

테하 ♕ said...

OMG!! /screams/ Your review has me excited! I can't wait to read Shades of Earth! Aaaaaaahhhhhh

Aisazia said...

Thanks for the review! It's exciting to get a glimsp of Centauri Earth! :D

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