When I picked up the first book Across the Universe, I fell in love with the idea. A Million Suns made me fall in love with the series. And Shades of Earth has made this my favourite YA science fiction series. I am sad that it is over, but what an awesome ending for a great series!
In Shades of Earth Amy and Elder land the shuttle on Centauri-Earth with almost fifteen hundred people from Godspeed. Amy finally gets to unfreeze her parents and she can’t wait. Her parents are less than thrilled about the situation they find; mono-ethic people, the leader is their daughters age and they’ve gone backwards rather than forwards in technology. What everyone doesn’t expect when they step off of the shuttle are not the monsters that inhabit it but what may have inhabited the world before the monsters.
Shades of Earth was an epic ending, I can’t even explain how much I loved this book. The world was rich and expansive, the new characters weren’t a problem to get used to, and the constant questions I had running through my mind kept me plowing through this book. The world that Beth Revis created in this book obviously had a lot of back story. I thought it was amazing considering Revis practically had to create a whole new world and setting in the last book of the series while keeping the essence of the series as a whole. I definitely feel like she did this very well.
I really enjoyed reading this book, there were so many things going on and so many things being hinted at that at the beginning you really have no idea what way it was going to go. Half way through the book I started to feel like clues were being pointed out to us as if they were neon signs but as I read on I came to the realisation that those clues had been intended as neon signs. Because really they were distractions that deterred from the real twists and turns, the real story. They made me feel like I had everything all sorted out, but I realised I really hadn’t had anything sorted out.
Overall, Shades of Earth was definitely an Epic ending. I thoroughly enjoyed it and I definitely feel pleased that the last book met my expectations.