Review: Shades of Earth by Beth Revis

Shades of Earth by Beth RevisShades of Earth by Beth Revis

(Across the Universe #3)

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.



My Thoughts

When I read Across the Universe, I wasn’t over the moon about that book. I knew I wanted to read the rest of the series, but I took my sweet time about it. In fact, I waited so long, that by the time I got around to reading A Million Suns, the final book had already come out! But you know what? I’m glad I waited, and I’m glad I decided to continue with this series. A Million Suns made me really like the series. Shades of Earth turned me into a die hard Beth Revis fan.

We are thrust right into the action from the first page of Shades of Earth, and thank goodness, because I was dying to know what was going to happen! Even if you haven’t read the first two books, it must be obvious that in this book, they’re finally landing on a planet. And things get interesting real quick. I was riveted from the first page, and the action didn’t let me go until I’d read the final word. I absolutely devoured Shades of Earth.

I loved that there were constant threats, constant mysteries to be solved, and almost constant tension throughout this book. It really drove me to keep reading because I wanted to know the answers. Beth Revis took the mysteries from A Million Suns and pulled them through with amazing skill — all the way to the end. With the introduction (awakening) of “the frozens” in this final book, there’s a whole new level of tension going on, not only for Amy and Elder, but for ALL of the people from Godspeed. And once I learned what Amy’s dad, leader of “the earthborns,” was struggling to handle, it made the whole situation that much more surreal.

I can’t tell you how many OMFG moments I had while reading this book. I was surprised left and right (although I did suspect a few things that ended up coming about), and it was so much fun! I don’t want to spoil anything, so I’m trying to be vague, but WOW. This is one of the BEST conclusions to a series that I’ve read. Thoroughly immersive, intense, and satisfying. While, of course, I would always love to have more, when I closed this book I was very satisfied with the series.

I had the pleasure of meeting Beth Revis at a local signing recently, and I told her, as I’m telling you now: she is a freakin’ genius. This book — and series — is recommended to anyone who likes a good sci-fi thriller.


My rating: 5 out of 5 stars
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16 thoughts on “Review: Shades of Earth by Beth Revis

  1. Beth is awesome! I met her when she came to my town last September. And I had the opposite reaction to this series! I loooooved it in the beginning, but wasn’t totally impressed with the ending. Still, it *was* definitely an awesome series and I look forward to seeing what Beth writes next!

    • Wow, really?! How interesting, and funny, that our experiences were so opposite! I’m glad that in the end we both still love the series. Isn’t Beth the best? She’s so bubbly and hilarious. I’ve been lucky enough to see her at two different signings, and I hope I get to go to more in the future. :)

  2. Did you do these via audiobook? Because I’m starting book 1 of this series on audio today actually so I’m kind of excited I’ve been meaning to try it out for so long! I also love it when the ending really makes it count you know. What everyone is saying about the ending of Requiem is making me blah about continuing the series (I just read book 1 last week). Great review, Kelley!

    • I didn’t do these on audio, but now you’re making me want to! I wonder how different my experience of the first book would have been. I’m looking forward to your review, because I’m curious about it now!

      I agree about Requiem and what people are saying about it. But now I’ve gone and bought the book so I feel like I have to read it. If I had waited until now, since all the books are out, I might have just skipped the whole series and waited to watch it on TV.

  3. I’m glad to hear the final book redeemed the series for you! I’ve loved the series all along but I’m worried that I’ll be letdown by the conclusion. Your review does make me more excited to read it though!

    • I hope you won’t be let down! I’m telling you, the third book was all kinds of crazy, but it really impressed me (if that wasn’t obvious, eh?). I’m looking forward to your thoughts, after you read it! :)

  4. I haven’t read any of this series, but I’m very intrigued by it. I didn’t read most of your review because I don’t want to spoil anything in the previous books for myself possibly. I did see that you think it’s one of the best endings to a series, sot that peeks my interest a bit more.

    I have the first book of the series, but I got it wet and it’s all fat and everytime I see it I get sad and remember I need a new one. :( Stupid rainy day when I bought it!

  5. I really really need to start this series! I have Across the Universe sitting on my bookshelf from the library! I’m bummed that the library doesn’t have the other 2 books though. I think that’s why I’ve been waiting to start it. I’m glad I read your review to see that you thought the books got better and better. No matter what I think about the first, now I’m going to read the others!

    • Awww, bummer that your library doesn’t have the other two books! To be honest, at first I was bummed about having to buy the last 2 books, but by the time I finished them, I was bummed that I hadn’t bought the FIRST book too (borrowed it from my sister)! In any case, I’m glad to have given you some encouragement to read the series. :)

    • Yes, I hope you do, and I hope you enjoy it! My sister only got about halfway through the first book, and I’ve been trying to encourage her to finish it. When a series can change my heart so dramatically, I guess I’m impressed. :) I look forward to reading your reviews!

  6. Wow 5 stars? I guess this means that I really need to start this series sooner rather than later! This series sounds absolutely amazing! Great review! :)

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