Mini Review: Shades of Earth (Across the Universe #3) by Beth Revis

Title:  Shades of Earth
Author:  Beth Revis
Series:  Across the Universe #3
Publisher:  Razorbill, an imprint of Penguin Young Readers Group
Publication Date:  January 15, 2013
Pages:  369
Format/Source:  Hardback/Purchased
Age Group/Genre:  Young Adult/Science Fiction

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.

ALMOST HOME. (Cover and synopsis from Goodreads) 

*Warning:  This is the third book in a series.  While I really don’t like spoilers, you might find some slight spoilers for the first two books in this review.*

Since this is the third book in a series, and I want to stay away from spoilers as much as possible, I thought I’d just write a mini review where I list off the things I liked, as well as the things I didn’t like.

What I liked:

  • The creepiness factor.  There were quite a few things that happened in this story that were really creepy.  I like creepy–I can’t do gore (see list below).
  • The mystery.  I figured a couple of things out early on, but I had so many different theories in my notes and I don’t think I ever truly predicted everything that happened in that ending.
  • The descriptions of Centauri-Earth.  They were very cool and reminded me of Jurassic Park and The Time Machine by H.G. Wells.  There was also a description of a device near the end of the book that reminded me of Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy.
  • The end.  I liked it, but I didn’t (see below).

What I didn’t like:

  • The gore.  There were a couple of gory parts that actually didn’t get too bad, so I could handle them.  But one part–I still can’t think about that part without shivering and making faces and forcing my mind to think of something else.  Like right now.  I better move on so I can think of something else.
  • I was kind of upset that this book didn’t go in the direction that I REALLY wanted it to.  I had a theory after reading A Million Suns and I really, really wanted it to happen in Shades of Earth.  I don’t want to mention what it was here, because it’s pretty spoilery for the plot of this book.
  • All the question marks.  I just really don’t like this trend of using question marks when you should be using some other type of punctuation.  Revis doesn’t do it too much in this book, but in my opinion, once is probably enough.  It’s even done in the synopsis above!  The first instance in the synopsis, “The biggest secret of all?”, isn’t so bad.  But the second instance, “Because if the colony collapses?”, is horrible.  You should have a comma or colon or hyphen or something there, but NOT a question mark.  Sorry, rant over.
  • The end.  I did like it (like I said above), but I wish she would have stuck with that bold, bad-ass ending.

My rating for Shades of Earth by Beth Revis:

Actually more like 4.5.  I really enjoyed this story, but not quite as much as I LOVED Across the Universe and A Million Suns.  But Beth Revis is a fantastic author and I can’t wait to read everything she writes in the future!

You may also enjoy:  Glow │ Crewel
Disclaimer:  I purchased this book myself.  I was not compensated in any way for this review.


  1. Brandi Kosiner

    April 5, 2013 at 2:17 pm

    Sad that you did but didn't like the direction of the dning. I have only read the first, and hesitant to keep it up
    Brandi @ Blkosiner’s Book Blog

  2. Amber (Books of Amber)

    April 5, 2013 at 3:31 pm

    I was a little disappointed by this one as well. I was expecting more action, more stuff about the new world… Just, more. I would have LOVED it if Revis had left the ending 'badass' as well. I loved the ending up until the last couple of pages!

  3. Kimberly @ On the Wings of Books

    April 6, 2013 at 10:26 pm

    I know we already talked about it, but yeah, the ending could have been way better if it was different.

    I never noticed the question marks before and now that's all I notice. Weird.

  4. Kate Midnight Book Girl

    April 11, 2013 at 1:36 pm

    Okay, I know I haven't read book 3, but I'm dying to know what your theory was!! I just need to freeze time before BEA and sit down and read, read, read! I guess I'm kind of lame for whining about having too many awesome books to read, right? ;)

  5. Bittner

    April 24, 2013 at 12:13 pm

    Um, so, I haven't read this series and I don't really know what to comment on…but really I just leave comments so that the writer knows I read the post they put so much into…so…Read your blog!!!

  6. Marlene Detierro

    August 4, 2013 at 3:02 am

    I absolutely love this book! It was exactly what I had expected it to be. Really one of my favorite trilogies right now. It did not disappoint.

    Marlene Detierro (Indianapolis SEO)

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