Review: Shades of Earth by Beth Revis

Title: Shades of Earth
Author: Beth Revis
Series: Across the Universe series
Pages: 369 pages hardcover, 383 ebook
Rating: ★★★★★

I’m a pretty picky science fiction reader. It’s rare for me to stumble across a single science fiction novel I fully enjoy. Beth Revis has given me an entire series that I love.

I’m not going to lie. I was a little worried about the world Revis had created outside of Godspeed. I didn’t want a series I loved to end like a bad Sci-Fi movie. Revis proved that all of my worries and concerns were unnecessary. She wrote the best ending this series could possibly have.

Once everyone lands on the surface of the new Earth and wake up the Frozen, the new colony is not only fighting each other, but they are fighting their new home. Every single thing they come across is an unknown. There are things on this new planet no one has ever seen before and it could be perfectly safe or completely deadly. This would be a difficult situation for any group of people, but when there is a major lack of trust between the two main groups of the colony, it will be even worse.

In spite of everything put in front of them, I loved the moments Amy and Elder got to have together. Their happiness and love is a great thing to read in a Young Adult novel. They trust each other, and while there are a few moments of miscommunication, for the most part, they talk to each other. They know things won’t always be easy, but they’d rather face the tough times together than apart.

I can honestly say I had no idea where the plot was going. I never knew what was about to happen next. I was constantly holding my breath, waiting for the next big thing to happen. It was the best feeling I can have when I read a book. Half the fun is in the surprise, and it’s even more fun when the planet is basically a character in its own right.

Shades of Earth is a brilliant end to a suspenseful series. I loved following the journey Amy and Elder took, from the early unfreezing of Amy to their new home on Centauri-Earth. I will certainly miss reading about their lives, but this was the perfect way to end it. The entire series is a must-read.

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A Million Suns by Beth Revis

Oh my god. This book was fantastic. I was left almost speechless after finishing. I say almost because I was still able to go “oh my god” repeatedly.

Both Elder and Amy grow up quite a bit in this book. Elder is faced with having to lead the ship and all its people when they don’t really think he’s fit to lead. Amy has to deal with being the outsider and being viewed as the distraction keeping Elder from being a true leader.

Elder’s desire to be a different kind of leader than Eldest before him means he lets the people think for themselves. They start to think and learn about the choices they can have and they start to rebel. Life becomes difficult for everyone on board the Godspeed and people are divided on Elder’s decision to stop using phydus to control the ship. On top of that, he’s still in love with Amy and will do anything to make her happy. He’s a wonderfully realistic character and I love him. He faces the challenges set before him and tries to find a way to solve them based on what looks to be for the good of the whole, even if that means it’s not easy on him. He grew up in this book and I loved reading that.

Amy spends most of the book following clues left for her by Orion because she’s the only person he trusts with the decision that will impact everyone on the Godspeed. She’s the only person that has seen both Earth and the ship and he believes that makes her to only person that can make the best decision for everyone. She spends the other parts of the book trying to figure out if it’s really her choice to fall in love with Elder, or if it’s happening because there’s no one else. She wants to decide, not have the decision taken away from her.

I absolutely adored this book and the way it made me think. It’s not only a sci-fi story; it’s not only a romance story. It’s a story that gives you something to think about. A Million Suns made me think about choice and just how important that is to life. With the power to think, comes the power to choose and A Million Suns really shows the two sides of that. People can chose to do good or bad, but even then, the lines get fuzzy. Is doing bad for good reasons as bad as just choosing the wrong thing? Is doing good for the wrong reasons still as good as doing good for the right reasons?

A Million Suns was an amazing book and I can’t wait for the conclusion to this series. I need to know what happens next.

Across the Universe by Beth Revis

Yet another first in the series books. And yet, this one was different. I’m not hanging on the edge of my seat, wishing the next one would come out already.

Don’t get me wrong, I can’t wait to read the next part of the story. But the end of this book was just so…good. There was enough of a conclusion where I’m not ripping my hair out wanting to know what happens, but I’m invested enough in the story to run out and get the next book as soon as I can.

Elder and Amy’s relationship confuses me a little, in that I can understand Elder’s fascination with her, but I’m not sure yet how it can turn into something more in a believable way. I’m looking forward to seeing if Revis can accomplish this.

I give major props to Revis for coming up with a storyline that is unique, and yet not so different that everyone is struggling to find a way to connect. There’s enough of the classics within the book that it’s easy to find a way to connect with a character and find the story possible and believable.

It was a little frustrating how Elder simply believed Eldest without any questions, but I can see why he would. He grew up knowing nothing different, but he does start to question authority and it’s refreshing once he does.

Overall, a great book and I can’t wait to see how Revis handles more of the future.