Friday, March 1, 2013

Shades of Earth by Beth Revis

Shades of Earth by Beth Revis
Release Date: January 15, 2013
Publisher: Razorbill


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.  Rules by Chaos.  Almost Home.  - Goodreads.com


I was so scared to read this book because I've read a couple other series finales lately and was very disappointed.  I had loved the first two books in the series so much that I was gunshy, thinking this one would disappoint me too.  I shouldn't have worried.  Beth Revis put a brilliant end to what has been a brilliant series!!  I loved this book so much, and it was an amazing finish to this series.

Let me start out by saying that again, I loved these characters.  Everything you love about Elder and Amy stays true in this book.  Amy is just as smart and intuitive, and Elder just as sweet, noble and determined.  These characters stay exactly as they are supposed to be, while still managing to grow and reach new depths.  Amy changes, of course, learns new things, and realizes that her long held beliefs might not always be correct.  Elder in particular... we have watched him struggle in the first two books to be a good leader, but I have to say that he really came into his own in this book.  He became a true her and I loved, loved, loved him!!

This book had several twists and turns that were completely, shockingly, unexpected for me.  It came to a satisfying conclusion.  I did kind of figure out the ultimate ending ahead of time, but that didn't detract from the story's impact.  If I had to make any complaint at all, it might be that the ending felt a little rushed to me, but it does kind of leave things open to the possibility of a revisit to this new world.

All in all though, the writing was amazing, as always, the story was truly unique, and the book rounded out the series perfectly.  I seriously can't wait for Beth Revis to start a new series and blow me away again.  Her writing is phenomenal!
 


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