Review: Shades of Earth by Beth Revis

Posted April 4, 2013 by Katrina @ Bookish Things in Book Review / 2 Comments

Shades of Earth by Beth Revis
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Also by this author: Across the Universe, A Million Suns

Shades of Earth

Series: Across the Universe #3
Author: Beth Revis
Publish Date: January 15, 2013
Publisher: Razorbill
Number of pages: 369
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Source:  Audible
Book Description:
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.


This one is my favorite in the trilogy.  It had me on the edge of my seat.  A lot of the time I felt like how I used to when I watched the hubby play Halo.  It’s such a new and different world, and had the same effect on me. 

In the previous books, I always preferred Amy’s character over Elder’s.  However, in this installment I have to say that Elder was my favorite character. He showed leadership, and was able to make difficult decisions.  He stayed strong for his people, and Amy, throughout the book, even in the scariest situations.  Amy comes across as incredibly whiny.  She does what’s she told, and doesn’t put up a fight like she did in the previous novels.  I just feel like she was deflated, and all of her convictions kind of went out the window once they arrived on the planet.

The plot is AMAZING!!! It moves along seamlessly.  You are kept wondering what is on the planet for a long time. There are so many twists and turns that you don’t know what to believe.  The events that take place are unbelievable.  And you start thinking about what could happen in the same circumstances. 

Shades of Earth, is an epic final book.  There’s mystery, suspense, action, and of course romance.  Both Amy and Elder are pushed to the limits in order to discover the truth about this new planet.

About Beth Revis

Beth Revis is the NY Times bestselling author of the Across the Universe series. The complete trilogy is now available in more than 20 languages. A native of North Carolina, Beth’s most recent book is The Body Electric, which tells the story of what was happening on Earth while the characters of Across the Universe were in space.

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Katrina @ Bookish Things

About Katrina @ Bookish Things

I'm a mom of two and love to read, listen to music, and rock out at concerts. Sometimes you can find me reading, or writing, in between sets at concerts. I read many genres, and have a TBR mountain.

2 responses to “Review: Shades of Earth by Beth Revis

    • I wasn’t sure I’d like the rest of the trilogy since I was iffy on the first book. But whoa I was glad I stuck with it. Loved both, A Million Suns and this one.

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