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Shades of Earth: An Across the Universe Novel Paperback – November 14, 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 --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.
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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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.
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? I'm not answering that because you have to read to find out but I will say...he is an interesting being. I have mixed emotions regarding him...and even with 24 hours left to ponder over this book I'm still torn...
Plus, the frozen are no more. We've got ourselves two groups of people trying to work together. The shipborns and the earthborns. Neither trust the other and both have a hard time working together, especially Elder and the earthborn leader...butting heads is putting things mildly. They do have to work together if they want to survive on Sol-Earth, which Amy has come to realize is very similar to the Earth she left behind all those years ago. But, given the chance would she leave all of this behind and Elder, to go back to the Earth she knew and is familiar with or fight for the new home she can share with Elder? Decisions...decisions...
My favorite part of any book: romance. Elder and Amy love each other something fierce and though they have many steamy or almost steamy scenes it seems like the reality of this strange planet doesn't allow them enough time to enjoy themselves. The scenes we do see...were definitely worth the wait and build up of this wonderful pairing.
Seriously, fans of Across the Universe need to read this as soon as it comes out. Don't worry, you'll go through withdrawal, it's a normal side effect but it's totally worth the thrill you get from reading this book. Like I said earlier, all good things must come to an end and this is one you don't want to delay.