Shades of Earth by Beth Revis

Title: Shades of Earth
Author: Beth Revis
Length: 369 pages
Published in: 2013
Genre: post-apocalyptic world/dystopic
ISBN: 9781595143990
Source: 
public library
Reason for Reading: 
This is the third in a trilogy by Beth Revis and it has been one of my favorite series to follow. (I’m very sad it’s all over!)
Rating: 5/5

Summary (from Goodreads):

Amy and Elder have finally left the oppressive walls of the spaceshipGodspeed 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.

My Thoughts: This was a wonderful end to a story I love. While I was sad to see it end, I found it to be just the kind of end I liked.

There is a lot going on in this book. The population of humans from Sol-Earth have been unfrozen and the shipborn people fear them. Despite the differences between them, both groups go to Centauri-Earth. There they are forced to work together to survive some intelligent alien life forms that populate the planet. I’ll admit that I managed to work out, for the most part, what that alien life form was before it was revealed without much thought on my part. But that doesn’t change how excited I can get about how the story leads up to that moment of revelation. And there was a certain character who those who have read the story will know of–who wasn’t all they appeared to be. I hadn’t pinpointed how different this person was, but I knew there was something wrong about them. That should’ve been pretty obvious, considering I’d figured out the other mystery.

Anyways, Revis hardly “ended” the story at the close of this book. The story has barely begun and she left the story open. There are some stories with which I’d like to be told the definite end for the characters and have some nice closure. But considering how much of this story was left to the imagination, I think it was a great choice on her part to let her readers imagine for themselves how the story goes on, or ends if you choose.

I’m sad the story has “ended” but I anxiously await any new worlds Revis might create for me to travel to.

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A Million Suns by Beth Revis

Title: A Million Suns
Author: Beth Revis
Length: 386 pages
ISBN: 9781595143983
Published in: 2012
Genre: science fiction, YA fiction (dystopic, post-apocalypse life)
Rating: 5/5
Challenges/Resolutions: Copyright 2012

Summary (from book jacket):

It’s been three months since Amy was unplugged. The life she always knew is over. Everywhere she looks, she sees the walls of the spaceship Godspeed.

But there may be hope: Elder has assumed leadership of the ship. He’s finally free to act on his vision–no more Phydus, no more lies.

But when Elder learns shocking news about the ship, he and Amy race to discover the truth behind life on Godspeed. They must work together to unlock a mystery that was set in motion hundreds of years earlier. Their success–or failure–will determine the fate of the 2,298 passengers aboard Godspeed. But with each step, the journey becomes more perilous, the ship more chaotic, and the love between them more impossible to fight.

My Thoughts: I love these books! This is the second book in a trilogy (I cannot wait for the final book to come out in January!) and it has kept me hooked on the story. In Across the Universe, Amy, a girl from our world, awakes from being cryogenically frozen for a few hundred years to find a spaceship full of people who are mindless drones. The young, soon-to-be leader of these people, Elder, discovers the people are being drugged to work passively for the furtherance of the ship, to get to Centauri-Earth, and cuts off those drugs (Phydus). But then the people start thinking.

That’s where this installment comes in. With the people of Godspeed thinking, they start to challenge their leadership. In most cases, I think I read from the people’s point of view. They’re rebelling against an oppressive government. But in this case, I’m reading from Elder’s (and Amy’s) point of view. I would like to think that I would admire a leader who let his people think for themselves if I was one of those people. But I would probably be a bit apprehensive to trust him, seeing as how past leaders took advantage of their power. I do like the fact that, in the end, Elder didn’t make everyone’s choice for them. Making a life altering decision, about a third of the ship’s population chose to do one thing and, the rest, chose another. It’ll be interesting to see how both groups fair in the last book!

For awhile there, I was beginning to think that some of the past generations already landed on Centauri-Earth and the current gens didn’t know anything about that. I wonder what aspects of inhospitable environment will arise on Centauri-Earth? Will it be something as simple as lions, tigers, and bears, but, having no experience with them, the scientists overestimate “inhospitable”? I can’t wait to find out!!! 😀

Across the Universe by Beth Revis

TitleAcross the Universe
Author: Beth Revis
Genre: young adult fiction (dystopian)
ISBN: 9781595143976
Length:
398 pages
Published
: Jan. 11, 2011
Source: public library
Rating: 5/5
Resolutions: Published in 2011 Resolution; Years of Books Goal

Reason for Reading: Natalie at Coffee and a Book Chick gave this book an AMAZING review last fall and then she raved about it again in a vlog post about some debut authors she’s been reading. So I decided I just had to read it 🙂 Plus, you know I’m always up for a dystopian novel 😀

Summary (Product Description):

Amy and her parents believe they will wake on a new planet, Centauri-Earth, three hundred years in the future. But fifty years before Godspeed’s scheduled landing, cryo chamber 42 is mysteriously unplugged, and Amy is violently woken from her frozen slumber.

Someone tried to murder her.

Now, Amy is caught inside a tiny world where nothing makes sense. Godspeed‘s 2,312 passengers have forfeited all control to Eldest, a tyrannical and frightening leader. And Elder, Eldest’s rebellious teenage heir, is both fascinated with Amy and eager to discover whether he has what it takes to lead.

Amy desperately wants to trust Elder. But should she put her faith in a boy who has never seen life outside the ship’s cold metal walls? All Amy knows is that she and Elder must race to unlock Godspeed‘s hidden secrets before whoever woke her tries to kill again.

My Thoughts: This book is amazing! I know, I tend to think this of every dystopian novel I read. I think I like dystopian novels because they are so different. Authors who can create whole new worlds–and do it well–deserve a lot of credit. And Revis did such a great job with this book–and it’s her debut!

One of the things that I loved about this story is that it all (well, except for the first couple chapters on “Sol-Earth”) takes place on a spaceship. But it’s not like Star Wars or Star Trek (granted, I’ve never seen Star Trek). I have never read a book set on a spaceship before, but I think Revis did a great job not making the story really science-fiction-y. The population on Godspeed appeared to be slightly primitive in respects and very advanced in others–they put a lot of research into science, namely because of a big problem with the ship, but in other areas the general population is kept in the dark (and only concerns itself with agriculture).

I think what I loved most about this story, was the “murder mystery” bit, as Revis calls it 🙂 Just when I thought I had figured out what Eldest was hiding from Elder, it turned out to be the complete opposite! That’s not to say that I like to be proven wrong, but that the mystery wasn’t too easy to figure out or too obvious. I never would’ve expected what the real problem was.

Thoughts on the Cover: I think the cover is beautiful. But one of the best things about it, is that it’s reversible. Now, for me that didn’t really matter because it’s a library book so I couldn’t reverse it 😦 But I had already seen images online of the reverse, so it was alright.  And I think the cover, if kept on the blueprint of Godspeed side, might look a little “busy”.

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I am so excited that in about a year–sometime in late winter/early spring of 2012–the second book in the Across the Universe trilogy will be published: A Million Suns 🙂