Thursday, February 7, 2013

Review: Shades of Earth (Across the Universe 3) by Beth Revis


The final book in the  New York Times bestselling trilogy, perfect for fans of Battlestar Galactica and Prometheus!

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.



Published January 15th 2013 by Razorbill  

The Elliott Review:

I can't. Ahh.This book! This book!!!!!!!!!!!! Seriously, it just killed me so much. In a good way. Across the Universe and A Million Suns were both so amazing that I couldn't imagine there was enough tension/conflict/subtext left to make the third book as breathless and heart-stopping as they were. But I was wrong. SOOO wrong. So wrong that this review is, unashamedly, straight up fan girl.

I didn't read the above synopsis, so I had no idea what Amy and Elder and the rest would face upon landing on Centauri-Earth. I was just as confused as they were regarding all the planet-threats, so caught up in their experience of it that I wasn't even doing my try-to-predict-what-will-happen business. I was just like, whoah. Each and every step of the way, I was confused, befuddled, and intrigued. Beth Revis is a master in creating tension on all fronts, which is why this book is amazing.

Okay, and ... ELDER IS AMAZING. I have always loved Elder, but I feel that in this book he really has come into his own. Due to his relationship with Amy, he has had to change so that he was not on the same crazy courses as Eldest and Orion (the latter of whom I now love on a strange level). He has had to learn to be a leader in a very rocky, self-taught process, and now that there is true catastrophe to protect his people from - he steps up for real. Seeing that part of his character arc is just stunning to behold. I feel that he beautifully embodies the true definition of hero. I now have four main YA loves (Jace, Four, Vane, and Elder in case you are wondering!!!).

Also, in a slightly less fangirlish way, I really admire Amy's path as a character. She goes from being weak and scared and reacting to trusting and trying to keep herself open. And now on this crazy planet, things become very clear for her as to how she feels for Elder even though a lot of other things stand in the way and are confusing  - like dealing with her parents waking up. This is supposed to be an amazing thing for her, the thing she has wanted most throughout the time we as readers have known her. And then they finally do wake up ... and ... issues!! How do they and Elder and all that she has learned as a quasi-member of the Godspeed shipborn crew fit together? She's basically a translator/cultural go-between since she has experienced life on the ship and life on Sol-Earth. And Where does this newly appearing Chris fit into the landscape??

I was so entranced by this story and the way it ended (wish I could say more without spoiling it) that I just immediately started rereading the series. I have just finished re-reading Across the Universe for the second time, and I'm just happy to report that all the foreshadowing and trickery that take place in that book are glorious in light of what happens in this one.

I am kind of hoping Beth Revis decides to pull a Cassandra Clare and write some sort of follow up to the series. It really is perfect as it is, but I don't have time to start writing fan fiction so I can imagine the next chapter and would just much prefer there to be an official version! :)

Okay, again, sorry for the lack of cerebral content in this review.

Source: Purchased