Title: Shades of Earth
Written by Beth Revis
Series: Across the Universe #3
Published by Razorbill
Publication Date: January 15th 2013
Genres: Dystopian, Science Fiction, Young Adult
Source: Los Angeles Public Library
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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.
“An edge-of-the-seat alien adventure”
Shades of Earth picks up right after the second book, A Million Suns ends with more than half of the Godspeed population boarding the escape shuttle so they can finally land on Centauri-Earth. Naturally, things go wrong when they land with a few of the people dead, and a pterodactyl-like gigantic bird attacks Elder. Both Amy and Elder think that the ship was intentionally knocked off course and both decide not to explore the new world as yet. Amy, in her rush and excitement, had already started de-frosting the Earth-born military personnel who, when they wake up, is not happy that two of the top ranking officers were dead. This puts Amy’s father in charge of the operation, as the highest-ranking official on board. He was also quite skeptical and viewed Elder as a kid rather than as the leader. The ship was divided into two: the shipborns and the earthborns, with Amy in the middle.
I was totally blown away by Shades of Earth. Not only was it an edge-of-the-seat tale, I couldn’t put the book (well, my nook) down and read till 3 AM on a weeknight! Yes, I was a zombie at work later in the day but it was worth it.
There are a lot of secrets revealed in this book and I must say I wasn’t expecting some of the twists. When I found out the real reason why the Elder system was created, I sort of understood them despite the end result of it becoming twisted. I also liked that the shipborns finally left Godspeed and did not perish.
All in all, it was an awesome read: unforgettable and unique.