Shades of Earth (Across the Universe Series #3)

Shades of Earth (Across the Universe Series #3)

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by Beth Revis
     
 

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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

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.

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
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

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781595146151
Publisher:
Penguin Young Readers Group
Publication date:
11/14/2013
Series:
Across the Universe Series, #3
Pages:
448
Sales rank:
85,948
Product dimensions:
5.40(w) x 8.20(h) x 1.40(d)
Age Range:
14 Years

What People are saying about this

From the Publisher

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

Meet the Author

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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Shades of Earth 4.8 out of 5 based on 1 ratings. 69 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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!
RebeccaEnzor More than 1 year ago
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.
AmieKaufman More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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...
bookworm5251 More than 1 year ago
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!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I am a very big fan of sci-fi book, and i was not dissapointed with it. This book has everything you would look for in seeing what we as humans would act like on another planet trying to survive.It is filled with much action, adventure, and even mystery.The ending will leave you in shock but I feel as though it was left off at the right point.  I recommend this book to any one that loves a good sci-fi. 
KatyBooks More than 1 year ago
Loved this book!! Great way to end the series!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book was amazing! I couldn't manage to put it down! Revis doesn't dissapoint!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Probably one of the best trilogy I've read in awhile. A great end to the story.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Exciting and thrilling . Love the almost not- happy ending. Clues and mystery everywhere. Death around the corner.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I think the ending to this series was incredible, full of amazing twists that I never saw coming!
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Freaking awesome book. Must read.
AmberPassin More than 1 year ago
The book Shades of earth had left me in such an adventurous mood.  I loved the way that the author had included, romance and action, I believe that this is a great combination. I also had liked how well put together the plot was. I would suggest anyone that hasn't read the firs two books, to read them first. But if you are like me and like a good scifi book then you would love the shades of earth. It shows you how our lives would be on another Earth like planet. It interested me very deeply. 
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It was great, but it could have been better. There were many twists that I didn't expect, but some of the explanations just weren't enough for me. I felt like we should have ended with book two, but it wasn't tied in a neat bow so the story had to go on. I'm not saying that she didn't do a great job, but I would have liked the story to be a little different. I would have liked to have a bit more character development too. The world building is not as phenomenal in this book as the previous two.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
So i almost didnt finish the book. SPOILER ALERT!!!!!!!! Whenever the main character dies, i give up on the book right away. Its just i find it a waste of time if they die. So obviously i thouglht elder died, so i just put it away. Later, i decided to continue it. And am i ever glad i did!!! Boy, talk about an unexpected ending. I just wish there was an epilogue though. Otherwise, FREXING FANTASTIC NOVEL!!!
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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!!! 
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Really great.loved the series
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