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Shades of Earth: An Across the Universe Novel

Shades of Earth - Beth Revis Seen at Scott Reads It "Space may be the final frontier but it's made in a Hollywood basement" - Red Hot Chili Peppers There will be spoilers for Across The Universe and A Million Suns. In this review there are no spoilers for Shades of Earth at all. You're probably asking yourself: "Why is he quoting the Red Hot Chili Peppers?". I have always wanted to go to space and discover new planets and stars. The likelihood of me going to space is probably is about as likely as me winning the lottery jackpot. Space has never felt so real and tangible until I read the Across The Universe trilogy. I would like to thank Revis for letting me experience the beauty and wonders of space without leaving my sofa. I was dying to read Beth Revis so on January 15th I scrambled to the library to pick up Shades Of Earth. There's so much I have to say about Shades Of Earth and I don't think any review could do Shades of Earth justice. Shades of Earth leaves off right after that fantastic cliffhanger in A Million Suns. Elder and Amy have finally left Godspeed and are on Centauri-Earth trying to build a new home. The problem is that Centauri Earth is full of secrets and danger that pose a threat to our colonists. Shades of Earth includes our good ol' favorites like Amy and Elder plus a whole new bunch of people from the military. We finally meet Amy's parents but the meeting isn't as pleasant as I would have hoped. Amy's Dad wants to use any means to colonize Centauri-Earth and I had an immediate distaste for him. He was so way too serious and aggressive even with his own daughter. I understand that a military leader needs to be tough and serious but he doesn't need be that way all the time. We really don't get to know Amy's mom much because Revis really focuses on Amy's Dad instead. There are so many deaths in Shades of Earth and I honestly couldn't care less about the characters who died. A majority of the characters who died in this book lacked characterization and emotional depth so when they died I wasn't affected at all. If you have tons of characters die in a book that's fine as long as affects the reader emotionally but I was rather indifferent. Even my favorite characters in the book really were frexing annoying in the beginning of the novel. Amy was acting rather childish in the beginning and she evens mentions how childish she was acting a few times. Elder wants to be tried to treated like a leader yet he doesn't act like an adult at all. Elder was constantly whining and moping how everything wasn't working out on Centauri-Earth and how he abandoned his people. I really wanted Elder to take charge and act like a true leader. There is a love triangle in Shades of Earth and I wasn't a fan of the romance in this book. I really didn't find Chris appealing in anyway and from the start I had a distaste for him. Chris was an integral part of the story but feel like Revis unnecessarily made Chris a love interest. Otherwise Amy and Elder's relationship was really sweet and I really enjoyed the romance aspect of this book. Shades Of Earth is a great conclusion to Revis's ATU Trilogy. I feel like everything was tied up nicely and the ending of Shades of Earth was just simply incredible. I didn't totally approve of the love triangle in this book and SoE was a little bit slower paced than the other two books. Some of the characters in this book were a bit cliche especially Amy's Dad and Chris. For the most part Shades of Earth had a very original plot with tons of plot twists that really kept me on the edge of my seat. Nevertheless despite it's flaws, I really enjoyed reading Shades of Earth! The mystery in Shades of Earth was simply captivating and engaging. I would definitely recommend reading Shades of Earth and I hope Revis writes a new book soon.