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.

Left Behind by Tim LaHaye and Jerry Jenkins {audiobook}

Title: Left Behind
Authors: Tim LaHaye and Jerry Jenkins
Narrator: Frank Muller
Length: 3 hours
Published in: 1995
Genre: inspiration
ISBN: 978084243237
borrowed from my public library
Reason for Reading:
Inspirational Resolution 2012
Rating: 5/5

Summary (from Goodreads):

In one cataclysmic moment, millions around the globe disappear.

Vehicles, suddenly unmanned, careen out of control. People are terror stricken as loved ones vanish before their eyes.

In the middle of global chaos, airline captain Rayford Steele must search for his family, for answers, for truth. As devastating as the disappearances have been, the darkest days may lie ahead.

My Thoughts: Going into this book, I thought there would be a lot of Bible beating and preaching. What I found was nothing more than any other book I’ve read set in a post-apocalyptic world. Yes, many characters realized that the disappearance of millions around the world was God collecting his believers and the book of Revelations beginning in real life. But, with the small exception of a videotape left by a pastor to be viewed in these events, I didn’t find anything offensive or “preachy”.

I love dystopic and post-apocalyptic books. I view them as two different types of stories–but usually dystopic results from a post-apocalyptic society. (Maybe I’ll write up a post about these two types of stories so I don’t rant about it here.) The way the people just disappeared was a great idea. I’ve never read Revelations, so I don’t know if there’s anything it says about it, but I always pictured Jesus coming back to physically collect the people. Not that I really believe anything like that will happen, but that’s how I pictured it in a fictional sense. Anyways, a mass disappearance is an awesome way to create chaos in the world.

I am slightly interested in keeping on with the series because I know it will eventually reach the dystopic state. But I’m a little hesitant because I’m thinking that the further I go, the more preaching the books will become. I’m torn…

Inspirational Resolution 2012