Monday, January 28, 2013

SHADES OF EARTH

Shades of Earth (Across the Universe, #3)Book Review:  Shades of Earth

Author:  Beth Revis
Published:  2013
Series:  Across the Universe #3

I kept my fingers crossed on this one.  For those of you who don't know this is the third and final book in the Across the Universe trilogy.  I loved Across the Universe but the second book, A Million Suns kind of fell flat for me.  So I was hoping Shades of Earth would make up for what the second book lacked and maybe...maybe...Elder and Amy would get along.  Am I asking for a lot here?  Because they should get along by now...

The Setting
Amy and Elder have decided to leave the ship Godspeed and land on the unknown and dangerous planet of Centauri-Earth.  Once they have landed, Amy takes the liberty to awaken all the frozens and together they take the first steps on the new planet.  At least they think they're the first ones on Centauri-Earth.  Immediately this search party is greeted by huge dinosaur-like birds that viciously attack them.  Nice welcoming party right? 
Against all odds the shipborns and the earthborns find shelter (conveniently built and sized just right for humans I might add) and begin studying the new planet and start preparing for what Godspeed's mission was intended for:  harvesting an energy source found on this new planet.  Much to Elder's dismay, Amy's father is now running things and keeping secrets of his own.  As if terrifying carnivorous birds aren't enough, people are missing and worse, found dead, a few from an overdose of Phydus.  Shocked that once again Phydus is a threat, Amy and Elder search for answers and for the murderers.  But who can they really trust?  And is it the aliens that are killing off their people?  Can they live happily and prosperously on this new planet?  Will Amy and Elder make it together?

What I LIKED about this book
Once again Revis has found a way to sneak in a scavenger hunt of clues for Amy and Elder to find, leaving the reader tense and turning the pages.  There are several twists and shockers that I left out of the description but that nicely fill in the gaps and answer questions left from the previous books in the series.  And who can't love the fact that a trilogy is finished?!  One down, a million to go!

What I DISLIKED about this book
Amy.  She was so frexing annoying (you Across the Universe fans will understand that word).  I almost stopped reading the book because of her.  She was needy and unhelpful.  While everyone else was working hard she was reading or oblivious to the need around her.  Once again throughout the book she questioned her relationship with Elder, only to realize in the end, she loved him (how many times must we go through this with Amy???).  I felt there was one large discrepancy that wasn't properly described or thought through and it happens right in the last 5 pages of the book, something to do with Elder...I won't say anything more or else I'll give something away!

Parting Thoughts
Overall I'm going to give Shades of Earth 4 out of 5 stars.  For the most part it was a really good ending to a thrilling series.  But between wishing an alien would finish off Amy and the discrepancy with the ending I can't give this book higher marks.  Obviously you have to read this book if you've read the first two books in the trilogy.  Other people who would like this series are perhaps Star Trek junkies, romance, fantasy and perhaps some dystopian fans.

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