Published January 2013 by Penguin Group|359 pages
Where I Got It: Nook store
Series: Across The Universe #3
Genre: YA Science Fiction/Dystopic
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. ALMOST HOME.
What I Thought:
What’s really interesting about this series is that while I really like the series as a whole, I also have found that I’ve liked each book less and less as it went on. Don’t get me wrong, I liked Shades Of Earth, and it’s actually really interesting what’s going on in this version of earth, but I just didn’t get as into it as the previous two books.
Centauri-Earth is definitely a strange place, and everything that’s been happening on Centauri-Earth while Godspeed was hovering above the planet was unexpected. But it’s one of my favorite parts of the book because they’re not the only ones on the planet,and everything they thought they knew is proven wrong.
I’m actually not sure how I feel about any of the characters. I’m actually feeling pretty neutral about them, and I don’t really have thoughts on them either way. Except for Amy’s parents, who we finally meet, and even then, I don’t have strong feelings either way. I understand why Amy’s dad acted the way he did, but I really didn’t care for him. And I wish we saw more of Amy’s mom, but as she was a scientist and not stepping in as a leader (like Amy’s dad had to), it’s to be expected that we wouldn’t see a lot of her.
Leadership: It’s to be expected that Elder and the military leaders (namely, Amy’s dad) are not going to get along. I’m not surprised that the people of Godspeed and the people brought in had their share of issues, but something about it bugged me and I’m not sure why.
Still, I liked all of the different conflicts, and while they were explored just fine, I still wish there was a little more to it. Which actually leads me to the ending, which is pretty open as far endings go. I don’t mind open endings (for the most part) and I’m glad it ended the way it did. Given where they end up, things aren’t going to be wrapped up with a pretty little bow, and I like that they have to figure things out. I’d actually be interested to see another book set in this world to see how things turn out after this book ends. (Kind of like how the Uglies series had Extras, which took place a few years after the series ended).
I did like the descriptions of Centauri-Earth and how different but similar it is to the earth that we live on. Sometimes things moved really fast, but there were other times when it felt like things were going really slow, and so the pacing of the book felt a little off.
Let’s Rate It:
I liked Shades Of Earth and found all of the different conflicts to be one of the more interesting parts of the book. And it’s the same thing with everything that happened on Centauri-Earth. I just couldn’t get as into it as I did with the other books. Shades Of Earth gets 3 stars.