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Shades of Earth: An Across the Universe Novel Kindle Edition

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To All the Boys I've Loved Before
To All the Boys I've Loved Before
What if all the crushes you ever had found out how you felt about them - all at once? Lara Jean Song keeps her love letters in a hatbox her mother gave her. Until the one day her secret letters are mailed, and suddenly, Lara Jean’s love life goes from imaginary to out of control. Paperback | Kindle book

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The sf trilogy begun with Across the Universe (2011) and A Million Suns (2012) comes to a fittingly explosive conclusion in this satisfying series ender. From the first page, Revis fulfills the promise of the first volume: 1,456 passengers of the spaceship Godspeed finally land on Centauri-Earth, the military personnel are unfrozen from suspended animation, and everyone gets an up-close look at their brave new world. And it’s not good. Right away, Revis’ trademark claustrophobic suspense gives way to creature-feature thrills as pterodactyl-like monsters assault the pioneers. Amid the growing body count, the terror of the ship-born people, and the threat of unseen aliens, young lovers Amy and Elder have only each other to cling to—but that’s before the introduction of Amy’s new blue-eyed bodyguard. Plot holes pop up occasionally, and explanations are sometimes glossed over, but that doesn’t take away from Revis’ gifts as a propulsive storyteller with a knack for jarring surprises and raising the stakes. Pair with Dom Testa’s Galahad series for a one-two punch of impressive modern YA sci-fi. HIGH-DEMAND BACKSTORY: Revis’ trilogy has rightfully lit up best-seller lists, and a major promotional campaign, including two Comic-Cons, should keep attention amped. Grades 9-12. --Daniel Kraus

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A murder mystery, a budding romance, and a dystopian world gracefully integrated into a sci-fi novel that blows away all expectation Melissa Marr, New York Times bestselling author of Wicked Lovely Revis has penned a fast-paced, action-packed follow-up with her dystopian, sci-fi thriller, "A Million Suns," that explores not only the nature of authority and loyalty but fear of the unknown and fulfilling one's personal destiny. LA Times Entirely original, deeply compelling, and totally unputdownable - I've found a new favorite! Carrie Ryan, New York Times bestselling author of The Forest of Hands and Teeth A riveting thriller about space travel, secrets, murder, and Realpolitik. Kirkus - starred review

Product Details

  • File Size: 713 KB
  • Print Length: 448 pages
  • Publisher: Razorbill; Reprint edition (January 15, 2013)
  • Publication Date: January 15, 2013
  • Sold by: Penguin Group (USA) LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0081KYYAS
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #139,434 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Beth Revis is a NY Times bestselling author with books available in more than 20 languages. Her latest title, A World Without You, is a semi-autobiographical story blending the supernatural with mental illness. Beth is also the author of the Across the Universe series, The Body Electric, numerous short stories, and the nonfiction Paper Hearts series, which aids aspiring writers. A native of North Carolina, Beth is currently working on a new novel for teens. She lives in rural NC with her boys: one husband, one son, and two massive dogs.

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Book 3: The author has a tall order to fill with this book. The gang is now cut loose from Godspeed and the story shifts to Centauri-Earth. The problem is that for me a big part of the sizzle of this story was the weird, dystopian society on board Godspeed. I thought the author would try to recreate some of that on the planet, but the 1,500 or so Godspeed shipborn are largely an afterthought in this story. The story is focused almost entirely on Amy, Elder and Amy's parents. For those interested only in the Amy-Elder romance, this is probably okay and they will probably enjoy this book. For those like me that want a good story to go along with it, the book was a mixed bag. My primary criticism is that the plot, especially at the end, has enough holes in it to make a block of swiss cheese blush. This story is trying to make it as a colonize-a-new-world sci-fi story, but it falls a little short. I like a little science with my sci-fi and this story has only the thinnest veneer of plausibility, so I just could never fully buy into the story. And boy do the wheels come off at the end. Finally, the grand finale was too maudlin and contrived for my taste. I saw it coming a mile away and didn't like the ham handed effort to squeeze my tear ducts. Sigh.

Trilogy: Two thirds of the trilogy were very good, particularly book 1--Across the Universe. Book 2 - A Million Suns--was also a solid read. The key element to these books was the strangely attractive weird society that had evolved on Godspeed. This society and Amy's role in it was a goldmine that the author did a good job tapping into. Unfortunately, all of this is mostly gone in book 3 when the story shifts to Centauri-Earth, and for me the story flatlines on the planet. The Amy-Elder romance is pretty good and it holds up through the series, but I needed more than this. So, ultimately, IMO, book 3 drags down what was otherwise a good trilogy.
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Format: Hardcover
Let's ignore the fact that the covers have changed (and in my opinion, not for the better) and get right to the good stuff...the words in between the front & back cover! That is what's really important...and let me tell you, I am getting more and more depressed as more and more great series are coming to an end. We started our journey in Across the Universe, which was an OK book for me. It wasn't the greatest but it captivated me enough that I wanted to read more. Along came A Million Suns...now this one got my attention and my devotion, fully. I needed the last book...needed it like one needs oxygen. So when I was given the opportunity to read this book & review it for Stacey, I hopped on the chance. There is a downside to this, you know? You want, so desperately, to know what's going to happen next that it goes by so quickly and then you're insanely disappointed that it's almost over. We just can't win, as the readers, can we?

Alas, all good things must come to an end and what an ending it is. Beth Revis is one author who is not afraid to kill and if you are surprised by this statement, you must not have read any of her books yet. She's been a killing machine since the first book but the third book is more crucial because there are going to be characters you like that may not make it out alive. (Though, there are deaths prior to this book that I know broke our hearts...prepare for them to be broken all over again)

Not only is there lots of death in Shades of Earth but there are aliens and...dinosaurs? Yes. You read that correctly. Oh, also - a new guy, whose around twenty named Chris with killer blue eyes. Do I sniff a possible love triangle? Impossible. Who would introduce a possible love triangle in the last book of a series?
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Format: Hardcover
This review is mostly intended for those who are reading reviews post reading the book, which is something I enjoy doing myself. In other words, I care not to summarize the book and/or interest you in reading it.

First of all, the romance kind of drives me nuts in this entire series, but it really bombs in this book. Why can Amy flirt with another guy and it be completely excused? She never apologizes, Elder never really finds out, and the whole thing leaves me feeling (again) like Amy doesn't really care for Elder... not that much. Because of this, I feel there is no chemistry between them, no real love. I understand they don't want each other to die, and they want each other around. But I would want my best friend, or even a good friend around too, on a new planet, and I would care what happened to them. That's how believable their romance was to me.

Secondly, there was no real closure with the "bad guy," whom I actually thought was a stronger character than Elder. Weird. He and Amy just go in circles about how he tried to do good but Amy will never forgive him, back and forth, back and forth. I was expecting some kind of peace between them or that something would happen to enable them to be friends again, something. It all seemed unnecessary. Either make us hate the guy or love the guy. I was confused.

Thirdly, I didn't understand the relationship between Amy and her parents. I thought, from the way she was constantly thinking about them while they were frozen, that they had this amazing unity as a family. Instead, I felt that she and her dad were just constantly fighting, that she didn't really know him. *Spoiler alert* Then he dies, and there's no closure between them--no reconciliation, no chance for him to redeem himself.
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