Book Review: Shades of Earth by Beth Revis

  • Reading level: Ages 14 and up
  • Hardcover: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Razorbill (January 15, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1595143998
  • ISBN-13: 978-1595143990

“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 hoped 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.




Shades of Earth is the third and last installment of Beth Revis’ science fiction trilogy, Across the Universe. Revis brings her series to a conclusion. In my opinion, this book is more entertaining than the second book in the trilogy, A Million Suns. In which I found Amy’s withholding of information cowardly and inconvenient. I sympathized with the character, but I did not like her long silence on certain matters that could have saved a life.

This time, Amy’s actions are not controlled by fear or distrust. She and Elder embark in yet another journey, more dangerous than before, and this time outside the metal roof and walls of Godspeed. The ship sailed the galaxy for more than three hundred years, but time is running out for its surviving inhabitants.

The author also brings out aspects of Amy that we did not experience in the earlier books. Amy ponders about what makes her human in comparison to others, whose genetics changed or evolved. She often uses the word “human” in reference to her biology (genetics), and remarking on her actions.

I give this a three stars rating (out of a five stars rating) in the YA science fiction category.

Reading Age / Guide Note: There’s mild use of profanity, some nudity, and intimate touching in this book.

My Rating by Book:

Across the Universe: 3/5

A Million Suns: 2/5

Shades of Earth: 3/5

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