Release: January 15, 2013
My Rating: 5/5 stars
Synopsis from Goodreads:
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.
Let me tell you, I was an EMOTIONAL WRECK throughout this book. Beth Revis has a tendency to rip out my heart.
At the end of A Million Suns, I honestly had no idea what to expect from the last book. But I WAS SCARED. All bets are off in a series-ending. So that I don’t give anything away, here’s a list of things I loved about Shades of Earth:
1. DINOSAURS…but not really. But kind of? COOL MONSTER THINGS.
2. ELDER. Elder Elder. He is my favorite. He’s naïve and sweet and strong and ugh I can gush about him forever. I really did not think he would end up being my favorite character and care about him as much as I do but there ya go.
3. It’s only fair to say AMY now. Goddamn she is AWESOMELY STUBBORN and I loved how she questions a lot. She defies people in order to get ANSWERS and the truth. Especially in this book.
4. MYSTERY. And cliffhangers. At the end of every chapter I was like, “WELL. I gotta keep going now!” even late into the night. I just needed to know what was going on and wasn’t bored for a second.
I’m very particular about how I like series to end: wrapped up enough, but not completely. I still want to wonder about the characters and what might become of them. But I do need some sort of happiness. Not Breaking Dawn-like happiness, just enough so that I’m not curled up in the fetal position crying over everything. There was a point where I started BAWLING (if you follow me on Twitter, you might have witnessed that unfortunate out burst. Apologies) . But I was incredibly happy with the way the book ended so that should give you a little insight.
If you haven’t read this series, seriously: DO IT. It’s an incredible and cool story.