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Shades of Earth: An Across the Universe Novel, Book 3 | [Beth Revis]

Shades of Earth: An Across the Universe Novel, Book 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 that Amy had been hoping for. Amy and Elder must race to uncover who - or what - else is out there if they are to have any hope of saving their struggling colony and building a future together. But as each new discovery brings more danger, Amy and Elder will have to look inward to the very fabric of what makes them human on this, their most harrowing journey yet.
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The final book in the trilogy by New York Times best-selling author Beth Revis!

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 that Amy had been hoping for. Amy and Elder must race to uncover who - or what - else is out there if they are to have any hope of saving their struggling colony and building a future together. But as each new discovery brings more danger, Amy and Elder will have to look inward to the very fabric 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 meaningless.

©2013 Beth Revis (P)2013 Penguin Audio

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    Brian Lansing, MI, United States 12-23-13
    Brian Lansing, MI, United States 12-23-13 Member Since 2013

    I love to read books; and now just recently I've discovered that audio books are very cool!! I'm also an author. You can find the SciFi book "The Curse of Europa" here on Audible or on Amazon.

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    "Male reader in mid 40's"

    I really liked the first book! The second book was a bit of a disappointed. Book three here was better however (but not anywhere near as good as book one.)

    I know this is teen/YA so I've kept that in mind when listening to it. It's a bit hard for me to review because of that. For me... all-in-all I liked the series; but there were just some things that were too silly.

    As I said in my review of "A Million Suns" the tone of the series seemed to change starting with book 2. I wished these final two books followed the tone of the first book which wasn't as silly - but again... I know the series isn't geared towards middle aged men :)

    So for the teen/YA readers I think you will really like this series. For you older readers, the story is good, you just have to remember that it is teen/YA.

    These are the same narrators as book two and I liked the performances a lot more in this book, especially the male narrator. His delivery of Elder was very flat in book 2. It was a little better in book 3 and his other voices were great. I really liked his Lt.Colonel Martin.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Annissa Akron, OH, United States 06-10-14
    Annissa Akron, OH, United States 06-10-14 Member Since 2012

    Married. Mother. Student. Full-time job. 33 years old. Doctor Who fanatic. Not necessarily in that order.

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    "A logical conclusion"

    There's nothing surprising about this book, especially if you're familiar with past colonial expeditions on earth, specifically the British colonization of the New World. This book is clearly the weakest of the three. It's not bad, but it's not particularly good either. Predictable and in places a little annoying, this book might have been improved with different narrators. I found both performances way too flat.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Cozy Reader Canada 11-18-13
    Cozy Reader Canada 11-18-13
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    "A Great Conclusion"

    Please Note: This review refers to events in the first two books, Across the Universe and A Million Suns, but no spoilers to the conclusion of this series.

    In the final book in this series, Elder and Amy have left Godspeed with those that want to start a new life on Centuri-Earth and of course, all the military and scientists still frozen in the cryo chambers. Those that have elected to stay on Godspeed remain behind, and Elder and Amy look to the future. They know they will face monsters on Centuri-Earth, creatures they’ve never met before, but they know it is a risk they have to take. However, what they don’t expect is to face a war with the “frozens”, those that were selected for this mission with military and science backgrounds, who are determined to take over control and make all the decisions. With Amy’s father, taking the role as leader, Commander Martin and Elder come up against each other as they fight for their lives not just amongst each other but the monsters (and possibly aliens) on Centuri-Earth.

    I really enjoyed the first two books in this series. I don’t read that much YA science fiction, despite being a huge fan of adult science fiction. I love the concept of this book – a ship being sent hundreds of years to colonize another planet. Amy was awoken before her time from her cryo chamber and a power war raged on the ship Godspeed. Now that is all behind her, as she and Elder land on Centuri-Earth.

    Starting with the landing on Centuri-Earth to the fight with the monsters, aliens and internal fighting with Commander Martin, every second of Shades of Earth was action packed. I literally couldn’t stop listening to the audiobooks as my heart sped up with all the adventure, betrayals and emotions in this final book in the series. The plot twists were aplenty, and there were some that I predicted and some that I didn’t even see coming. However, I enjoyed every second of it and loved the conclusion.

    Amy as a character has grown on me, and it really wasn’t until Shades of Earth that I started to like Elder. In the previous two books he seemed a little immature and whiny, but really came into his own on Centuri-Earth making those tough decisions that only a leader can make.

    Shades of Earth was a great conclusion to this trilogy. I don’t want to go in too much about the monsters and aliens as I don’t want to spoil this for readers, but I did like all the twists and turns and how it turned back to events that happened on Godspeed, with the Phydus.

    I read the first two books in this series and opted to listened to the audiobook for the final book and wow! I loved the narrators. I’m glad they chose to have a female narrator for Amy and a male narrator for Elder, and I thought they both did a exceptional job with this fast-paced story.

    All in all a very enjoyable listen and I can’t wait to see what Beth Revis delivers next.

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    Nicki FLORESVILLE, TX, United States 10-05-13
    Nicki FLORESVILLE, TX, United States 10-05-13 Member Since 2013
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    Any additional comments?

    The last few chapters of Elder's side of the story is missing from this download

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    Amazon Customer Lexington, KY 05-22-13
    Amazon Customer Lexington, KY 05-22-13 Member Since 2011

    I spend a large amount of my income on books. I mean, a lot. Seriously. It's a problem.

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    "Across the Universe was so much better"
    What disappointed you about Shades of Earth?

    The story. They land on the new planet, and the frozen people wake up and take over? Really? They are outnumbered and yet they call all the shots. After everything that happened in Across the Universe, you'd think it would be different.


    Has Shades of Earth turned you off from other books in this genre?

    Not at all. I liked the first book, but not this one. Sequels aren't usually as good, in my opinion.


    What didn’t you like about Tara Carrozza’s performance?

    I really enjoyed both narrator's voices.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    Sure. I liked Amy, but I found her to be more of a pawn of the two boys as opposed to her own person. She doesn't have the investigative spark that she had on the ship.


    Any additional comments?

    This had so much potential. It's sad. The first book, though, is really good.

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    Melissa Eden MD 05-11-13
    Melissa Eden MD 05-11-13 Member Since 2011

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    "Disappointing Final Installment"
    What would have made Shades of Earth better?

    A more series-faithful plot and a more interesting performance.


    Would you recommend Shades of Earth to your friends? Why or why not?

    I wouldn't...although I loved the first two installments, I found this one dull and out-of-sequence.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    A dull, flat performance.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Shades of Earth?

    I don't know that there are scenes I would cut, but I would definitely make some overall changes.


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    David Hurwitz Calabasas, CA USA 03-25-13
    David Hurwitz Calabasas, CA USA 03-25-13 Member Since 2005

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    "Continues a Good Story"

    As an older adult, I'm not usually a fan of young adult literature. That being said, I enjoyed this series immensely. Unlike many sci fi authors, Beth Revis has fleshed out her main characters quite well. She has also raised and handled well a number of important issues: leadership competency, personal growth, racism, tolerance, and love. Quite a lot on the plate for a young adult series. Shades of Earth is brutal, not ultimately perfectly satisfying in its conclusion (like life.) But it is consistent with the rest of the story and tightly told. Sometimes the thrill-a-minute-pace, carnage and implausibility is a bit much for the reader, but overall the series ranks as one of the better ones I have read. The series is good enough that I can overlook the somewhat silly plot devices required to move the story along: such as the shippers not knowing that Godspeed was orbiting Centauri Earth in Book 2. Rather than carp at the fact that the ending is a bit inconclusive, fans of the series should hope that Ms Revis writes another sequel at some point in the future.

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    Cheryl United States 03-21-13
    Cheryl United States 03-21-13 Member Since 2011
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    "Shades of Earth Concludes Wonderfully!"
    If you could sum up Shades of Earth in three words, what would they be?

    Love the final book in this series!


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Shades of Earth?

    Memorable Moments .... wouldn't want to ruin it for the next person. But the ending is AWESOME.


    What does Tara Carrozza bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    I love the way the book changes the point of view from Elder in one chapter and Amy in the next.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Found myself disconnecting from my audio in the car and putting on headphones as I couldn't leave the story.


    Any additional comments?

    Some say that Elder's voice is so boring. But he is a person that has lived his whole life on a ship. Not that much to be enthused about. I thought the reader for Elder was great.

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    Brooks Blue Ridge, GA, United States 02-28-13
    Brooks Blue Ridge, GA, United States 02-28-13 Member Since 2012

    Lets have some fun :)

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    "Very disapointing story/ending"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    Completely rewrite this book.


    Has Shades of Earth turned you off from other books in this genre?

    I really enjoyed the first two books in this series. This book however, was just plain depressing. There was no justice for the for the murders or any real resolution at the end. Although it does not have a completely sad ending its sad enough. I doubt Beth Revis will write another book to settle all accounts since this ended in such a mess, but I would like to read it.


    What about Tara Carrozza’s performance did you like?

    Both narrators did an excellent job performing.


    What character would you cut from Shades of Earth?

    Gee, there's so many


    Any additional comments?

    Only get this if you want to be depressed.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Joki Helsinki 02-25-13
    Joki Helsinki 02-25-13 Member Since 2008
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    "A Mixed Bag"

    The best way to describe the final book in the series is that it is a mixed bag. On one side, there are some wonderful plot twists, actions, and moments throughout the book. But in order to have those outrageous plot points and action, all logic was completely thrown out the window.

    Everything from people getting lost in the forest and dying - and then the next chapter have the two main characters repeatedly go out alone in the new world unarmed. Despite adults who are completely clueless about anything being chosen for such an important mission. Despite the villain being a carbon copy of the villain from the last 2 books (read: self righteous, doing it to save my people...). And let's not get into the complete lack of anything deadly on the planet other than a random paralyzing flower and maybe some bioengineered birds. Ugh. So many more like that.

    I wanted to like the series and it really does keep you rapt listening/reading. But I just don't want to have to turn off so much of the logical side of my brain to enjoy the thrilling parts.

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