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Shades of Earth: An Across the Universe Novel Hardcover – January 15, 2013
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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
PRAISE FOR SHADES OF EARTH:
"A fabulous job of integrating science fiction and YA romance."—USAToday.com
"Great science fiction...recommend[ed] for both teenagers and adults." —Wired.com
"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
PRAISE FOR THE ACROSS THE UNIVERSE TRILOGY:
"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
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I was hoping for a story about the the "frozens" & the people from the Godspeed as they struggled with each other & learned to get along as they colonized a new world, found resources, developed a society, etc... & of course, continued the Romeo & Juliet-esque relationship of Amy & Elder in light of how Amy's parents might see the relationship. That doesn't happen- in fact, the two groups barely interact.
At some point in reading, I found myself wondering exactly how many DARE courses Revis had to sit through as a child- yes, I get it: Drugs are bad, Phydus is bad. Very bad. Because more than anything else in her books, this seems to be the main theme. Drugs will suck away your soul & turn you, quite literally, into a monster. She relied on Phydus as a crutch to move the plot forward when there were so many other interesting stories she could have been developing.
Rather than take the opportunity to develop an entirely new world, Revis slips back into her old "drugs are bad & must be stopped" routine, which is the main crux of this book- just like the last two, which is especially disappointing since I felt that Elder had dealt with the Phydus issue pretty well in the 2nd book.
Yes, there's lots of action & it definitely keeps you reading, but I think that there were a lot of events along the way that really were unnecessary to move the story along that I found simply, overkill.
Throughout reading the first couple books, I enjoyed the journey and the world created, but I found myself figuring out every plot twist a little earlier than I would have liked.
I don't feel like I can hold that against the author too severely. After all, it's better to leave a trail of clues the reader can surely follow, rather than not have enough build up to flesh out the characters.
This last book was much better at retaining the element of surprise. Although I did suspect a few things, the twists were more complex than I have guessed.
Overall, I was engaged (I read all three books within two days, and while I am a chronic binge reader, I don't have much patience to see a book through if it doesn't seem worth my time), I grew emotional attachments to the characters (tears sprung on more than one occasion), and the end left me satisfied.
I will definitely be following this author from now on. :)
Having decided to leave Godspeed behind and lead some of his people to this new Earth, Elder finds himself in over his head. These people look at him to lead and he's just as confused as the rest of them. Amy's solution: wake up the frozens. As you can guess this doesn't go over well. The shipborns are terrified of the earthborns. The earthborns don't understand the shipborns. And then there's Amy's father - now head of the mission. He immediately takes over, giving orders and taking charge.
I was not a fan of Amy's parents. Her father didn't recognize Elder as a leader mostly because of his age, which I get, but he didn't take time to try to understand these new people. He completely disregarded anything his daughter tried to tell him. Yes, he was trying to set up a new colony on a new planet but at the same time, wouldn't you think he would want to know why Amy was woken up early, what happened on Godspeed, how Elder came to be, ANYTHING. Especially her mother who was a scientist! It's literally her job to ask questions!
And don't get me started on Chris.
The world building and the sci-fi element were what made this book for me. When people started dying from mysterious creatures I wanted to know more! The explanation - maybe not as cool as it could have been but interesting. I just wished that I hadn't predicted a majority of the book so early on. Overall this was a solid 3 star series for me and I am interested in what else the author has to offer.
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