Shades of Earth by Beth Revis (Review)

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Synopsis: 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.

Genres: Young Adult, Science Fiction, Romance, Fantasy, Mystery 

Cover: I am not a fan of cover changes. At all. They really bum my book mood. So I’m not going to really comment on this cover other than the fact that I’m sad they changed the theme.

My thoughts: Amy and Elder have finally found a method to landing on the new planet to leave the corrupt space station called Godspeed. Separating from some of the people who chose to stay on Godspeed, Elder and Amy arrive on the new planet and unfreeze the people who came from Earth, including Amy’s parents. With the people of Godspeed converging with the military from Earth, tension quickly thickens between them. Amy’s father refuses to accept Elder’s role as a leader because of his young age and is also racist towards the monoethnic people that have lived in the spaceship for generations. Elder’s citizens also are wary to trust Amy’s father set on taking control of their mission to survive together on this new planet. 

This new Earth is far from safe to live on. Ruled by monsters and creatures set out to kill every intruder, Elder and Amy must protect everyone on the ship while trying to figure out the mysteries this planet brings forth. With an excellent conclusion to a trilogy full of questions, murders, sabotage, love, and sacrifice, Beth Revis gives the perfect amount of closure to a well written trilogy that had me hooked from the start. I thoroughly enjoyed this entire trilogy. It was fresh, exciting, and was full of unique aspects I haven’t seen lately in YA Sci-Fi novels. From clones, to alien-like creatures ravaging a new planet, to people being frozen for hundreds of years, I was sucked into this world centered around Amy and Elder’s struggle to find a new life together while protecting the people they loved.

One aspect I didn’t fully like was the random character added to this last installment in the series who also served as a mini love interest with Amy. I felt that Amy, who was a bit annoying in this last book, fell under said person’s trap way too easy and basically ignored Elder at certain points of the novel which did irk me a great deal. But it was adorable to see Elder finally experiencing the little things in life he hasn’t seen before such as real rain or wind blowing around him. I loved seeing him appreciate the smaller things in life that people, like Amy, take for granted. Between the animosity between the people from Earth, especially Amy’s father, and the people from Godspeed and the creatures living in the new planet, there was not a moment of calmness in this book. Per usual in this trilogy, there were multiple antagonists in this book who were subtle in their actions that made you wary of them throughout the entire story. The curiosity that this book sparked in me trying to figure out who was sabotaging the group was what made me devour this book in two days. People were also constantly trying to figure out solutions in order to live on the new Earth without getting killed as well as other citizens being killed in the night thanks to the aliens lurking in the darkness. Many problems arose in this book that the characters needed to address as fast as possible before it was too late on their last try to finding a place to begin a new life.

All in all, I was hooked from beginning to end. This series was such a quick read for me, and I really did enjoy Elder and Amy and their relationship with each other and the people around them. Seeing them struggle through very difficult situations that made my mouth open in shock was heartbreaking, but their character development was done very nicely. I would have enjoyed a bit more development in Amy’s character who sometimes had a juvenile mind that made her want to fix every problem at the same time which wasn’t that ridiculous. But in all, this series was closed up so nicely, especially the last chapter, and it was an out of this world series I definitely would recommend to all readers of YA.

Rating:  ★★★★☆

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