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Product Details

  • Series: Across the Universe (Book 3)
  • Hardcover: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Razorbill (January 15, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1595143998
  • ISBN-13: 978-1595143990
  • Product Dimensions: 6.3 x 1.2 x 9.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (205 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #419,484 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

From Booklist

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



"A fabulous job of integrating science fiction and YA romance."—

"Great science fiction...recommend[ed] for both teenagers and adults." —

"Comes to a fittingly explosive conclusion in this satisfying series ender. . . . A propulsive storyteller with a knack for jarring surprises and raising the stakes." —Booklist

"Throughout the series, Revis has brought real and immediate emotions to sci-fi scenarios . . . and here she invests that skill in making readers feel, along with her protagonists, the awe and wonder facing humanity as the characters step out onto an alien planet for the first time."  —Horn Book Reviews

"Wraps up questions with elegant surprises and fresh moral dilemmas . . . Revis is a truly original voice." —BCCB

"Brings it home on a planet far from home." –Kirkus Reviews


"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 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

"A horrifying and deliciously claustrophobic masterpiece that's part sci-fi, part dystopian, and entirely brilliant." —Kiersten White, New York Times bestselling author of Paranormalcy and Supernaturally

"A fast-paced, action-packed follow-up . . . that explores not only the nature of authority and loyalty but fear of the unknown and fulfilling one's personal destiny." —LA Times

More About the Author

Beth Revis grew up in western North Carolina reading CS Lewis and Madeleine L'Engle. Her debut novel, a sci fi novel for teens who don't like sci fi, is ACROSS THE UNIVERSE (Penguin). The first of a trilogy, it tells the story of a girl born of Earth but cryogenically frozen for a centuries-long trip across the universe and the boy born on the ship who she meets when she's woken up fifty years too early. The complete trilogy is available now. Her next book, THE BODY ELECTRIC, is a futuristic tale about a girl who can alter memories...but someone's altered hers.

Customer Reviews

This series of books had started slowly but kept building to an ending with interesting twists and turns throughout.
Frank Chmielewski
There were quite a bit of plot twists that made things incredibly exciting, and the way Ms. Revis orchestrated them was skillful and very well done.
There is so much going on - its a must read for anyone (even those like myself who don't care so much for sci-fi books).
C. Wilson

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

19 of 19 people found the following review helpful By KVB99 on January 24, 2013
Format: Kindle Edition
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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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Jessica on January 15, 2013
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 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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on January 15, 2013
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
This book was everything I hoped it'd be and more! I really wish there was going to be another book because I feel like the story has only begun! No matter, this was a great book and I loved every minute reading it!!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By W. WERNER on July 27, 2014
Format: Paperback
What a bummer of a conclusion to an interesting series. This book was so different from the first two (which I really enjoyed reading) that I wasn't sure if we were dealing with the same characters any more.
All-in-all, I felt robbed of a decent story and would not recommend this to any of my fellow readers. Try The Lost Girl instead (another crummy ending but at least with purpose). Save yourself!

I was infuriated by all of the senseless killing and the lame reasoning given at the end for 'why we did it' (which actually began in book #2). Ugh! Really? I thought we had a good mystery going on until so many started getting shot, blown up, gassed, eaten, etc. It turned into some sadistic Jurassic Park on a different planet.
And what was with Amy's sudden infatuation with Chris? Why don't we just all say that girls are retarded when a cute boy smiles, etc., etc., etc. That's the only way I can explain what happened to this strong but grounded character.
What was the point of killing off Amy's parents? It left me feeling like the author doesn't value child/parent bonds since she didn't try to develop anything deep between them before killing them.
And don't even get me started on the glaring plot holes involving the 'hybrids'. Such a waste of time!
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