Sunday, January 20, 2013

Review: Shades of Earth by Beth Revis

Shades of Earth (Across the Universe, #3)
Shades of Earth 
(Across the Universe #3) 
by Beth Revis

Release Date: January 15, 2013
Publisher: Razorbill
Pages: 369
Genre: YA Sci-Fi
Source: 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. 

In the words of Elder, OH FREX THAT WAS LOONS!!!! Mind is totally blown!

Maybe I'm just coming off my book high but it is 5am (yesterday when I was writing this :-D) and after not being able to put the book down for longer than to eat and run to the bathroom a couple times I must say I thought it was a fabulously, nerve wracking, intense, epic, mind blowing conclusion!

I was so excited to finally get the Frozens woken up and to see this planet and what is inhabiting it. As expected total epic chaos ensued! Distrust and lies continued. Earthborns against shipborns! Murders around every corner. WTF! Like serious epic mass destruction! Actually I totally knew who the traitor was but I had no idea how it would all play out with the motives and final goals and who all was involved. It was beyond what I ever imagined. I had a million theories running through my mind the entire time. I was so on edge as pieces slowly turned out to be true and others proven false. I loved watching all the little clues fall into the bigger mystery and story. This planet had so much more history around it than I ever thought going into this series.

I love Amy and Elder! I looked forward to all their sweet stolen moments. I love the trust and confidence that has grown between each other and how well they work together. Although Elder still shows a bit of a jealous streak when a hot Frozen is woken up. A hot Frozen! hehe But Elder has become a serious hero. Really! He literally gave up his whole world to give the world to Amy! And even though he was thrown into a leader position that he doesn't really need to follow through with anymore, he will always give up everything and anything for his people. He really was an awesome character.

The planet itself was like its own character. So amazing and kept me on my toes. Ahh I guess I can't say more because I want everyone to be shocked and amazed by it like I was. The ending was great but far from what I was expecting and not exactly perfect. It did take 929304834348203948203948 disasters to get to the end but I think there is hope for a good life! Twists and turns I truly didn't see coming. Mind totally blown! I will miss this series!

"I've lost nearly everything else I love; I can't lose you too."
"I'll always come back to you," I say, pulling her close.

Rating: 5/5


  1. Hehe, I'm on page 100 and I feel the same! Oh what a chaos! I can see there will be so much mystery and intrigues, but have no frexing idea what to expect.
    And I don't want it to be over!

  2. Oh my god I LOOOVE your review so much!! You make this book sound amazing! I'm literally just about to start reading it!! Eep!

  3. So glad to see you enjoyed this! I haven't read book two yet, but I quite liked the first one and look forward to eventually getting around to this one. It's always great when a favourite series ends well. :) Awesome review, Jennifer!

  4. Hot frozen. You ALWAYS crack me up!
    And yeah, I did guess the traitor pretty fast, but it was still super fun to read this.

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  5. Ahhh! I can't wait to get my hands on this book! You make me need to read it even more.


  6. Aw, I love that quote!

    I've never had a true urge to read this series, but it looks like I've missed out. I'm glad it was all you hoped for and a great conclusion to the series!

  7. I admit I haven't read this series yet but I think I won the first two books, maybe I should go ahead and buy this one too since you loved it so much.

    I am glad you enjoyed it and the last book didn't disappoint.

  8. I am seeing some great reviews on this one, and I want to check out this series, but I have avoided it until this book came out because you know how much I love cliffhangers...NOT! So glad it lived up to your expectations!

  9. Wow, consider me convinced. I must go back to this series, I stopped after book one but it seems I was wrong not to continue. Your enthusiasm is quite contagious, Jennifer. Fantastic review!

  10. I still haven't got to this series but after this review, I might need to move it up the list. Love those books that make the rest of the world disappear! Great review.


  11. I really really really loooove Across the Universe. I read it a couple days ago and man! MIND FREXING BLOWING. I can't wait to start on the 2nd book and read Shades of Earth! Glad you liked it. :)
    Little Book Star

  12. GRRR... I still need to read the 2nd book! I hate myself right now. lol.

  13. I've yet to freaking start this series and I have books 1&2. I keep thinking that I won't be something that I would like, but I'm thinking about getting the audio book from the library since I tend to read those better if I'm contemplating the book. Glad you thought the book was amazing! I seriously might give these books go :)

    Janina @ Synchronized Reading

  14. I have the first 2 books in the series on my MASSIVE TBR pile but I'm totally going to be purchasing this book based on your review. LOVE the Sheldon Cooper graphic!

  15. I can't believe I haven't started this series yet. I have the first two books and haven't even thought about picking them up in a long time. I have been seeing such awesome reviews for this one though, so I am thinking I need to get reading soon!! Awesome review babe!

  16. i can't wait to start the last book but still scared . crazy right
    i don't want it to end

    amazing review

  17. Bwahahaha any review that Sheldon makes an appearance in is one I have to check out! Dude I haven't even started this series yet! *slaps self*" I jave to get in the loop with this one stat!

  18. OH MY GOSH!! I can't believe I haven't heard of this...or even if I have, why didn't I give this a try!!?? This sounds so much fun and I'll admit it has me very curious! I can't wait to get this in my hands and find out for myself just how awesome the storyline is and how great the characters are!

    So glad you enjoyed this, Jennifer! Fabulous review!

    ~ Maida @ Literary Love Affair

  19. Ha ha, love your enthusiasm! I'm with you though. Totally mind blowing! I didn't figure out the traiter but felt like an idiot since the clues were right there. Other things I kind of guessed but never much. All of it was just a crazy ride! I just wish that not quite so many died. That was hard to take.

  20. You have me so excited to start this series, Jen! I have book 1, so I better get started because this final books sounds great!

  21. Glad you loved it, I need to get caught up and this makes me want to!
    Happy reading,
    Brandi @ Blkosiner’s Book Blog

  22. You wrote your review at 5am?? You go girl lol. I don't think I'm familiar with this series, but all your gushing, and the fact that it sounds like it has a really sweet romance, has me running off to check it out. Fantastic review Jennifer :)

  23. I didn't read your review too closely because I still need to read this series. I checked it out from the library once, but I just wasn't in the right mood so I put it down after a chapter. another time.

    marlene of Fishing Westport

  24. I still need to read the 2nd book. I HAVE to do that soon, because I'm dying to find out how it all ends.

    Marlene Detierro (Search Engine Optimization Houston)


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