Reviewed by First Mate Keira
Title: Shades of Earth (Across the Universe, Book 3)
Author: Beth Revis
Page Count: 369 pages
Grade Reading Level: Ages 14+
Summary: Amy and Elder left the safety of the spaceship, Godspeed, for the promise of Centauri-Earth. What they find is not what they expected with dangers they aren’t prepared to handle. The best or perhaps worst of all is finding signs of civilization on the new Earth. They are not alone. But who is there with them?
Why I started this book:
I read the first two books in the trilogy and wanted to read the conclusion. I had to wait until I could grab from the library, but it was worth it!
- I like that the planet is largely like earth with a few exception regarding the wildlife. It’s hard to imagine surviving on a totally alien planet without extra equipment to aid in breathing, water purification, and the like.
- Amy gets another love option (for about five seconds, because Chris is creepy) which cements her feelings for Elder.
- When the ship they took to Centauri-Earth goes on lockdown
- Amy is very liberal and doesn’t understand a conservative POV. There’s got to be more balance. Conservative isn’t bad.
- Amy can’t decide between her parents and Elder. I get why it’s hard, but it seems there could have been a compromise not an either/or so both her parents and Elder lose a bit of my respect for forcing the issue. Amy’s mom seems the most reasonable.
- There’s a lot of violence – from fighting pterodactyls, to fighting between the ship-born and the frozens, and then between them and the aliens (I’m thinking of the instant vaporized and blood splatter for the planet’s transport home), to forcing someone’s DNA to change.
Final thoughts: I felt a lot was crammed into one book when it could have been expanded into at least two, maybe three. Though, I could be saying that because I didn’t want to stop reading!
Rating: 3.5 Treasure Chests
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