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Shades Of Earth: An Across The Universe Novel

by Beth Revis

Penguin Young Reader Group | January 15, 2013 | Hardcover

Shades Of Earth: An Across The Universe Novel is rated 4.8333 out of 5 by 6.
The final book in the New York Times bestselling trilogy, perfect for fans of Battlestar Gallactica and Prometheus!

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.

FUELED BY LIES.
RULED BY CHAOS.
ALMOST HOME.

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

Format: Hardcover

Dimensions: 400 pages, 9.25 × 6.4 × 1.25 in

Published: January 15, 2013

Publisher: Penguin Young Reader Group

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 1595143998

ISBN - 13: 9781595143990

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Rated 4 out of 5 by from LOVED THE ENDING! I never thought that this trilogy would end up like this. Them ending up at the planet so soon? Never in a million years, I was so dumb not to read the summary, LOL.  This had the perfect ending. It was so shocking and gorgeous at the same time. The romance had just enough of it and it was so interesting to start. This was so good and I'm so happy of how it ended up!
Date published: 2014-02-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A perfect ending to the trilogy! What can I say about the last book in this epic series? I can say that it turned out to be my favourite of the trilogy. It also gave me different expectations than what I was predicting causing me to whoop with joy. Normally a book that ends either finishes strong or it leaves me with even more questions. Shades of Earth felt finished and I applaud Beth Revis for taking me on this journey. Elder knows the unknown and is scared out of his mind. Having to be a leader on a strange new planet takes a toll on him and I happen to enjoy that not everything was perfect in their relationship, quite the opposite. Amy, on the other hand is excited to uncover the secrets of the new alien planet. And by uncovering the secrets that were being kept from her, she finds herself in the middle of a dangerous game that she must stop herself. Beth Revis has stolen my heart and has made the Across the Universe trilogy one of my all-time favourites! Can’t wait to find out what her next projects are!
Date published: 2013-09-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing ending! WOW. I seriously need to catch my breath. This was probably my favourite YA series EVER. Everything about it was outstanding, from the interesting plot, to the mysterious characters, to the sci-fi theme. After having read the first two books and having loved them very much, I was praying that the final book would be able to close off this series on a good note, and boy was I surprised. I didn't think it could get much better than Across The Universe and A Million Suns, but Shades of Earth really blew me away. I liked the fact that this final book had a lot of action within it, there was no time to breathe and say to yourself, "Okay, let's slow down a bit," because it never did. I was literally on the edge the whole time. When one problem seemed to be solved, a million new ones arose, and that's what makes a novel suspenseful and compelling. I loved the romance between Elder and Amy. It was real. It wasn't your typical lovey dovey relationship. There were obstacles that had to be overcome, missions that had to be undertaken, wars that had to be fought. No matter the circumstance, Elder and Amy always found a way back to each other, and that truly exemplified their strong characters and truthful natures. The betrayals, the emotions, the secrets...one after another. It was never ending, and while at times it was frustrating because I just wanted to keep going and reading, I knew that when I was to pick up the book again, I would be in for a showdown, and that's what made me love this book so much. There was never a time for rest. It was journey after journey. This book made me feel so many different emotions; frustration, happiness, anger, love.... I felt like I was the one flying across the universe, and that is truly special to me.
Date published: 2013-07-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved It! It was an awesome ending to a book trilogy I justed LOVED. The author went very trigger happy, but that was ok. I sorta didn't like the ending, it left me hanging to much. Anyway I still LOVED IT!!!
Date published: 2013-03-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from So Sad, yet So Amazing I loved this book and the whole series. I'll tell you right now it's sad to see it finally come to an end. I loved how in this one the new characters were described and I loved the way the plot rolled out. The plot was totally amazing filled with new surprises and a super sad plot with much more mystery. I really loved how the author used her imagination to create this whole world. I loved the ending but it was so sad. I didn't think i could take it, I thought i was gonna break down. It was a nice conclusion but one part of me is hoping for some type of sequel or something. The other part of me is still stunned with the amazingness of the series and how it's coming to an end. Totally amazing though. 3
Date published: 2013-01-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A stellar read, but a shaky conclusion Just to start off with a bit of a warning, this review does contain major plot spoilers. Continue reading at your own risk. _ _ _ "Across the Universe" has been one of my favourite series. This book was no exception; I began reading yesterday evening at 10pm, picked it up again this morning and whenever I could sneak time during school, and finished around 4:00 this afternoon. I couldn't put it down; it was suspenseful and exciting and intriguing and I needed to know what happened next; it had all the elements that made the original "Across the Universe" so dear to me. Everyone I loved gets killed off. That might sound like a negative thing, but I admire an author who isn't afraid to kill off her characters. It adds suspense; when all the important folk have plot armour, you don't really get that tension build up. But in her writing, no one is truly safe. First I became attached to Dr. Gupta. Dead. Then it was Kit, dear, sweet, kind Kit. Dead. And just when my heart had opened itself to trust again and I began to develop a fondness towards Emma... Dead. Amy's mom. After everything that Amy had been through throughout the first few books to reunite with her mom, it's not like Beth would just kill her o-- Dead. Amy's father? Dead. And so on and so forth. The plot also had me on my toes; who should be trusted, and what secrets are the secrets hiding? I knew something was off about Chris from the get go. The way Beth described his oddly blue eyes... there was just a bit too much focus placed on them to be just an irrelevant detail. And Colonel Martin was so suspicious of him at some points, asking him what he knew... something was up, but the reveal still took me by surprise. All the reveals... they were fantastic. Secrets and secrets and Orion's clues and the fact that, as I had a sneaking suspicion, the monsters were really people all along. As I said, I had a feeling that the 'aliens' of the planet were really humans, but I'll admit my hypothesis was a bit off. I was figuring that they had been people from Godspeed who had decided to leave somehow at the beginning of the Eldest regimen... I hadn't expected it to be the original colonists mutated... that the FRX was really malevolent. And I just got something. The swear that the shipborns always say, 'Frex'. It comes from FRX. Was that explained at some point, and I just forgot about it? Maybe in "A Million Suns"? Anyway, I'm getting off topic. To surmise, I really enjoyed the majority of the book. But I don't know how I feel about the end. Honestly, I would've liked Beth to have actually killed Elder off in his heroic sacrifice. I feel that writers shy away from that a bit too much: killing off their protagonist. I had high hopes for Beth. She was ruthless with her characters, and as the story is told from both Elder and Amy's points of view, even with Elder dead the story could be concluded by Amy, as the last few chapters were. But the fact that Elder survived... I don't like it. It was what I expected. And as the chapters went by and the book went on and he wasn't magically coming back the thought crossed my incredulous mind, "did she actually do it?" And he still wasn't coming back, and I was 98% complete according to the little icon at the bottom of my Kobo, and my heart swelled with admiration. I had not expected her to have the audacity. And his sacrifice was so well written. She made it work. And then I turned the page and that admiration deflated like a balloon: he was saved; as expected; per cliché. In general, I'm not too sure how I feel about the ending. I guess I can't be too critical of the whole "oh and the protagonist survives the suicide mission" thing; most authors do that, and while I would have been very, very impressed if she had killed him off, the status quo is still okay. But the rest of it... I just don't know. It felt a bit off. Hurried. Amy's a hybrid now; a mutant. Throughout the entire series she was kind of a symbol of humanity, contrasting with the shipborns and their difference from the reader. And then all of a sudden she was something oh so different from us, and I could appreciate that as a provocative, pensive commentary on the implications of such a thing, something I would have expected from Beth's skillful writing. But I didn't really get that. It's mentioned how she's even more of an outcast now, but the other aspects of her transformation aren't really explored. I felt the ending was pretty rushed; hurried. It didn't feel like an ending. An ending to a book, sure, but not the ending to a series. The last glimpse we have into a universe. Maybe Beth will surprise us -- I've heard rumours about her writing more in this universe -- and that might explain the oddly paced and unexplored ending. But if this is truly it, I can't say I liked those last few pages.
Date published: 2013-01-16

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Shades Of Earth: An Across The Universe Novel

by Beth Revis

Format: Hardcover

Dimensions: 400 pages, 9.25 × 6.4 × 1.25 in

Published: January 15, 2013

Publisher: Penguin Young Reader Group

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 1595143998

ISBN - 13: 9781595143990

About the Book

The final book in the trilogy by a "New York Times"-bestselling author. Amy and Elder have finally left the oppressive walls of the spaceship "Godspeed" behind. They're ready to start life afreshNto build a homeNon Centauri-Earth. But this new Earth isn't the paradise that Amy had been hoping for.

From the Publisher

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

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.

FUELED BY LIES.
RULED BY CHAOS.
ALMOST HOME.

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

About the Author

Beth Revis is the author of the New York Times bestselling Across the Universe series. Shades of Earth, the third book in the trilogy, will be published in Spring 2013. Beth lives in rural North Carolina with her husband and dog, and believes space is nowhere near the final frontier.

Editorial Reviews

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
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