Shades of Earth (Across the Universe Series #3)

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The final book in the New York Times bestselling trilogy, perfect for fans of Battlestar Galactica and Prometheus!

FUELED BY LIES.
RULED BY CHAOS.
ALMOST HOME.

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, ...

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Overview


The final book in the New York Times bestselling trilogy, perfect for fans of Battlestar Galactica and Prometheus!

FUELED BY LIES.
RULED BY CHAOS.
ALMOST HOME.

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.

 

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What People Are Saying

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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 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

Praise for Shades of Earth:

"Love this series." —USAToday.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

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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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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781595146151
  • Publisher: Razorbill
  • Publication date: 11/14/2013
  • Series: Across the Universe Series , #3
  • Pages: 384
  • Sales rank: 80,652
  • Age range: 14 - 17 Years
  • Product dimensions: 5.40 (w) x 8.20 (h) x 1.40 (d)

Meet the Author

Beth Revis

Beth Revis is the author of the New York Times bestselling Across the Universe series. Beth lives in rural North Carolina with her husband and dog, and believes space is nowhere near the final frontier.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 25, 2012

    Cant wait

    5 out of 17 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 15, 2013

    Wow

    I havent finished yet, but it is amazing! I love how Beth Revis writes in a way to force the emotions that each character feels upon the audience. I am completely captivated! What an amazing beginning of the ever so dreaded end of the series!

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 15, 2013

    I won an ARC of this book, so I was able to finish it before pub

    I won an ARC of this book, so I was able to finish it before publication day. Across the Universe was my favorite book of 2011, and I loved A Million Suns as well, but Shades of Earth blew them both out of the water! The element of mystery that I've come to love from Revis' books was well-executed, the premise was amazing, and the ending was perfect. I'm going to miss Amy and Elder, but the twists all the way up until the very end were superb. I can't wait to see what Revis' next project will be.

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 16, 2013

    I almost cried at the end... I was so shocked by some events (An

    I almost cried at the end... I was so shocked by some events (And you will be too). But dat ending... wow... I was MIND-BLOWING! Something terrible happened... and I was so sad, and then on the last page, everything got better!!! I wish there was another book... But all in all, IT WAS AMAZING, and you will not expect half of the stuff that happens...

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 15, 2013

    LOVE HER!!

    She did her book launch at the library where i work, she is soooo sweet and this book promises to be the best one yet!

    3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 4, 2013

    I have no idea where to start. I adored this book! For those

    I have no idea where to start. I adored this book!




    For those who are still catching up on the series, or haven't read yet, don't worry -- no spoilers here! I'll just say this:




    - This is a spectacular conclusion to a series I loved, worthy of the first two books in every way.




    - Nobody is safe, people. Nobody is safe. Brace yourselves.




    - That Beth Revis, she plays a LONG GAME. All those little things you were wondering about in the first two books? Those little questions that raised themselves that didn't have answers? It's all here. She's been preparing you since the start, carefully dropping information, teaching you what you need to know.




    - The twists. And turns. And twists. And reveals. And twists. (You get the idea, right?)




    I just... I loved this book. The author was brave. She went places. Get it, read it. Gosh, just read it.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 19, 2013

    Overall: Another masterful piece of work by Beth Revis. She wor

    Overall:
    Another masterful piece of work by Beth Revis. She worked through many challenges including a new setting, new characters, and new conflict. Just like the first two books, Beth Revis finds a plot twist that is entirely unpredictable. Also, I really respect that the ending is the usual "and they lived happily ever after" mentality that I see all too often in other YA novels. Once again, I was dazzled by Beth Revis's work.

    Setting:
    As I mentioned earlier, the setting of this book is different from the first two. After living on Godspeed, we now are faced with this new planet, one that holds both great hope and great fear. With suspenseful trepidation, we join Amy and Elder as they explore this breathtakingly exquisite paradise. We learn about the world from both scientists and simple observations. I was pleased that too much time was not spent on every minute detail of the planet. However, I do wish that more emphasis was put on the sky on Centauri-Earth. In the previous books, the stars held hope, beauty, and peril. We learned the secret of the stars while sailing through them. I feel that some revelations could have been made by Amy and Elder while looking at a new sky of stars that would have not only carried the last two books, but also developed this book even more.

    Characters:
    With the frozens awake, Beth Revis had to work with a new cast of characters. I like the differences and conflict apparent between the shipborns and frozens from the beginning. I was really impressed with the small scale character development that took place in this novel. It really shaped the fact that each person is a precious individual and leaves no deaths insignificant. Also, Orion was done wonderfully. However, there are a few characters who I believe could have been portrayed a bit differently. First of all, when Amy reminisces about her parents while on Godspeed, she seems closer to her father. In this book, this is reversed. I wish that Amy's father was more understanding. I understand that Beth Revis wanted to establish his militaristic side, but I felt that this was a bit exaggerated. Secondly, I believe that Harley is referenced only once in Shades of Earth. I wish that Amy and Elder had thought more about him. For example, they might have thought about what he would love to paint if he could see Centauri-Earth. It almost seemed that Amy and Elder had forgotten him.

    Pace and Plot:
    Like all the other books, there was never a dull moment. The pace and plot were brilliant. From tangible action to heart-wrenching decisions, I couldn't put it down.

    Unresolved Issues:
    Also, there were a couple issues from the first two books that I had hoped would be resolved in Shades of Earth. Mainly, did any of the other frozens dream through the centuries like Amy did? Also, what happened to Victria?

    I hope you all enjoyed this book review and I urge to check out this trilogy. And, not sure if she'll ever read this, I want to give a huge thank you to Beth Revis for writing this amazing trilogy!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 1, 2014

    Loved this book!! Great way to end the series!

    Loved this book!! Great way to end the series!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 14, 2013

    Loved it!

    This book was amazing! I couldn't manage to put it down! Revis doesn't dissapoint!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 20, 2013

    Great Ending

    Probably one of the best trilogy I've read in awhile. A great end to the story.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 1, 2014

    Oh frex!! The ending was sweet and made me love the whole series

    Oh frex!! The ending was sweet and made me love the whole series!!!! OH MY FREXING GOSH!!
    The ending made me cry, a lot of people died in Shades of Earth and the plot twists were crazy, but I wish
    she gave us an epilogue, but the execution of this series made me widen my views on books, because usually
    I would't read sci-fi, but I saw the cover and it looked interesting! And Beth Revis, you are an genius!! Thank you for writing this series!! I finshed it in about a month or two, and it made me happy.
    But, if you haven't started this series shame on you LOL!! Pick up Across the Universe and you will be hooked until the end, because AAALLLL of the pieces of the book fit together!!
    So thank you if you are reading this review by a fangirl who is now gonna cry, because the series is over!!! 

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 23, 2014

    .

    Really great.loved the series

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 26, 2013

    Such aa unique, beautiful,add Such a unique, beautiful, and ADDICTING series.

    .

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted November 27, 2013

    more from this reviewer

    Please note that this review contains spoilers for people who ha

    Please note that this review contains spoilers for people who haven't read A MILLION SUNS!

    You haven't yet recovered from the adrenaline rush named A MILLION SUNS and you need a break? That's something the thrilling last book in the ACROSS THE UNIVERSE series can't serve with. SHADES OF EARTH continues the strong and action-packed storyline you've surely come to love in the previous books.

    Here's a short reminder how the second book ended:

    '"It's worth it." I move to touch him, but he grabs my hand first, squeezes my fingers, then let's me go.
    "What was it you said to Doc?" Elder asks. "About faith?"
    "I don't remember," I say with a dry laugh. "I was too busy trying not to get killed."
    "Well, whatever it was - you were right." His hands rests over the auto-pilot launch button.

    "Ready?" he asks.
    "Ready."'


    And I was SO ready for the next book then! Fine, you know that Amy and Elder are alive, but what about the fact that the new planet has been there all along? I wante to scream! And then they didn't push that launch button in the end of book two? That was just mean, because anything would be possible after that. So, you can imagine my outburst of joy when I finally held my copy of SHADES OF EARTH in my hands.

    With the new planet within reach, Beth Revis' possibilities to continue the story seemed endless. Isn't the idea of a new world scary and exciting all at once? Amy, Elder and their group could build an entire new world or be attacked any time. Beth made sure that this planet wouldn't be a snooze.
    After the landing, our group is surrounded by unknown land and after only a few hours on their new planet, they know that they are not alone. Always knowing about the dangers out there, but never being entirely sure about their origins or how to protect yourself from them. There are hostile animal-like creatures, unpredictable plants, abandoned ruins looking like houses built for humans. It is not 100 % alien-free either. The tension was tangible! There are scary things happening in SHADES OF EARTH and you should definitly be prepared for DEATH (yes, capital letters. Beth Revis is THAT evil).
    And the mystery behind the beings responsible for all that misery and harm, is an entirely different category. It is as brilliant as it is disgusting and contemptible. Beth Revis never reveals too much at a time, she keeps the reader constantly charged up, always athirst for answers, to learn more about the intrigues and complots sourrounding Godspeed.

    With all the new-found land, animals and dangers one could think that there wouldn't be time for love. But Beth was kind enough to guarantee us some quality time with our lovely Godspeed couple Amy and Elder. I was so relieved the new planet didn't have a no-kiss policy. These scenes of affection and care gave hope and lightened up the dark mood the consequent uncertainty caused.

    Amy and Elder continue to be awesome and well-rounded characters. Amy grows stronger every day and I've always seen the leader potential in her that she's showing in SHADES OF EARTH. I'm glad they both are critical in nature, and ask questions first before they follow any commands. And that is even more important in this very difficult situation caused by the differences between ship-born and earth-born people in the colony. The clash of beliefs and attitudes between sol-earth military and Godspeed inhabitants is a very prominant issue in this part of the story.
    Advanced technologies and highly interesting scientific research make SHADES OF EARTH a diversified and intelligent read, presenting us with numerous inventive ideas that could affect our future at some point, too.

    SHADES OF EARTH is a science-fiction book through and through. Spaceships, new plants, aliens and the task to master life in an entirely foreign and new environment. It is the conclusion to a thourougly well-written trilogy.


    5/5 ***** SHADES OF EARTH - The beauty lies in the stars. Beth Revis caught them and spun them into a powerfully written and adventurous space mission tale.

    When I started with this series I was very reluctant to give a story with a space adventure a chance to sweep me off my feet. Right now I can't imagine not reading more science-fiction and set in space YA books! I'm counting on many more books by talented author Beth Revis! SHADES OF EARTH is the last book in the ACROSS THE UNIVERSE trilogy, that's how it's advertised, but I really do hope that there is still room for more books in the series. And so I'm having my fingers crossed for a spin-off series, who doesn't?!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 14, 2013

    Across the Universe Series...

    This is a great series, hard to put down. I recommend making sure you have the next book available before you reach the end of the previous!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 21, 2013

    Love it!

    It has a touch of all the genres i love!

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  • Posted June 9, 2013

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    This final volume of the Across the Universe trilogy is a satisf

    This final volume of the Across the Universe trilogy is a satisfying conclusion. I enjoyed this novel the most of the three. Many loose ends are tied up. The main characters, Amy and Elder, become more self-actualized and figure out their destinies. The story progresses rapidly, and many secrets are revealed. Although, this book ends the trilogy, the series could easily be continued through many more volumes, should the author choose to do so. This was a fun story and explored many ideas about mankind, its development and it’s potential.
    Michael Travis Jasper, Author of the Novel “To Be Chosen”

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 29, 2014

    Love it!!!

    This quickly became one of my favorite series ever!!! It's unique and the story is amazing :)

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  • Posted May 21, 2013

    Thrilling Conclusion! For those of you who have long followed t

    Thrilling Conclusion!

    For those of you who have long followed the Across the Universe series, you will not be disappointed with the final book in Beth Revis’ trilogy,  Shades of Earth (Across the Universe, #3)!  Amy and Elder have traveled through space and stars and finally reach their destination - Centauri-Earth.  With the frozens thawed and shipborns learning to cohabitate and settle on this new planet they find that there is distrust and prejudices but now they also find that they are not alone on this new planet, but who is the one to be feared?  Someone, or something else is alive on this planet and is slowly killing them one by one, but why?    New discoveries come to light as their quest for clues put them in grave danger. 

    Revis does an amazing job in this fast-paced thrilling conclusion that you will not want to put down.  I would say, the last third of the book is so thrilling that I wanted to turn the pages faster than I could possibly read them.  Revis does such a wonderful job creating the world, inhabitants, nature, circumstance and atmosphere of Centauri-Earth that at times it seems like a very possible location of the future.  This story of struggle and conflict has it all: man vs. man, man vs. self, man vs. society, man vs. nature (literally).  Shades of Earth is a book not to be missed and is an electrifying ride unlike any other!  A real treat to read and the perfect ending to the Across the Universe series.

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  • Posted April 17, 2013

    **SPOILER ALERT*** I kind of have that feeling of disappointment

    **SPOILER ALERT***
    I kind of have that feeling of disappointment I get when I finish a good book and think, that was good, but it could have been SO much better. The second book was fabulous! but she set up a situation where it was going to be hard to wrap it all up in one more. The premise that her dad would just be like, "Oh, okay" and accept the situation that is revealed in the end is a little bit too much for me to get past but whatever. I guess it is sci-fi and you have to suspend disbelief to enjoy it anyway. I do admire the author's story telling and imagination but sometimes the characters don't stay in character so to speak (for instance, Amy gets mighty friendly with a new character once they land on the new planet and I'm like what the heck?!) Okay. Maybe it is just that I don't really like Amy. I DO like Elder and I also think this series would make a great movie. Over all, entertaining, engrossing read but don't think about it too hard while you are reading.

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