SciFi Book Review: Shades of Earth

Shades of Earth

Shades of Earth by 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 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.

Amy, Elder, and the crew of the Godspeed have finally arrived at their new home. And Amy’s parents and the rest of the frozen passengers finally awaken. But it seems Orion may have been right about some things. Amy’s father soon takes over with the military. And the planet is hostile and holds a big mystery. And Amy and Ender’s relationship is soon strained when the earth-borns and ship-borns take sides.

This is the final installment in Revis’ science fiction trilogy and the most exciting. The adventure has built up to this climactic finale with plenty of twists and surprises along the way. This is an outstanding space opera that doesn’t disappoint. With an abundance of danger, suspense, drama, and romance – Shades of Earth is a wild ride that I didn’t want to end.

Shades of Earth releases from Razorbill on January 15, 2013.

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