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  • Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin (2 May 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0141333707
  • ISBN-13: 978-0141333700
  • Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 2.3 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 120,497 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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A murder mystery, a budding romance, and a dystopian world gracefully integrated into a sci-fi novel that blows away all expectation (Melissa Marr, New York Times bestselling author of Wicked Lovely)

Revis has penned a fast-paced, action-packed follow-up with her dystopian, sci-fi thriller, "A Million Suns," that explores not only the nature of authority and loyalty but fear of the unknown and fulfilling one's personal destiny. (LA Times)

Entirely original, deeply compelling, and totally unputdownable - I've found a new favorite! (Carrie Ryan, New York Times bestselling author of The Forest of Hands and Teeth)

A riveting thriller about space travel, secrets, murder, and Realpolitik. (Kirkus - starred review)

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Beth Revis is the New York Times bestselling US author of teenage novels Across the Universe and A Million Suns. She wrote her first books whilst still at university, where she secretly jotted down stories instead of taking notes. Beth lives in rural North Carolina with her husband and her dog, where she splits her time between writing lesson plans, writing stories, and writing up plans to travel somewhere new.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Ashleigh Allsopp on 19 Oct. 2014
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Before you continue reading, it’s worth noting that, while I promise not to spoil anything about Shades of Earth in this review, it’s tricky not to spoil the first two books! After all, even the book’s blurb is a spoiler, as you’ll discover if you read on.

So, with the warnings out of the way, here’s my Shades of Earth review.

I’ll start by saying that I absolutely LOVED Across the Universe and A Million Suns, the first two books in this amazing trilogy that provides dystopian, sci-fi, romance and mystery goodness all rolled into one.

I was really looking forward to Shades of Earth, particularly after such a fab ending to A Million Suns, and I’d say it delivered despite being a little slow at times.

I always worry about the last book in a trilogy that I’ve enjoyed. I’ve yet to read a trilogy with an ending that I’m fully satisfied with, and it tends to be the last book that I enjoy the least every time. It’s a shame to say that Shades of Earth hasn’t changed that for me – this was still my least favourite out of the three books – but it was good nonetheless.

The plot itself was interesting, as can be expected from Beth Revis’s incredible mind, and I didn’t see the twists coming. In fact, I had absolutely no clue what to expect at any point throughout this novel, which was hugely refreshing for me.

I also loved the introduction of Amy’s parents, and the unusual family dynamic as a result of that. Centauri-Earth is a really interesting place and I enjoyed the world-building there, though I did feel that some elements were left unexplained (but perhaps I’m just being picky).

What I struggled with, though, was the love triangle that gets introduced very early on in this book. It’s petty and frustrating.
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These books have been a thoroughly enjoyable emotional rollercoaster. Throughout the books you are led to ask so many questions and thank God that they are all answered in this beautiful final instalment of the 'Across the Universe' trilogy. If you haven't already read them, do so now, you will not regret it. Perfection from start to finish, I could not put it down!
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By Lianne on 5 Aug. 2014
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Oh where do I start?! I absolutely adored this entire series. It's not my normal read at all. I've never read any sci-fi books but I'm so glad I gave this a chance. It's the most wonderful gripping story. Yes bits of it are slightly cliched but u just have to look past that. It's so well written. Wish there was more!!
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By KitKat on 9 July 2014
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I have loved every book in this series and been waiting for each new instalment to come out. I will have to look out for more books by this author!
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Excellent read, kept me on my toes with twisting plots and great story line. Beth Revis more of the same please!
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By Miss H on 11 Mar. 2014
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The Beth Revis trilogy not only provides a romance in space but also presents the reader with an on-going mystery. Shades of Earth sees Amy and Elder finally landing their new colony on Centauri-Earth despite the ominous probe readings declaring the planet dangerous. With the revival of all the cryogenic frozen people from Earth, including Amy's parents, the story takes on the feel of a typical military conquering operation. However, as a series of grizzly murders plague the fragile colony Amy and Elder seek to unravel the truth about Centauri-Earth before they are all destroyed. An absolutely gripping read from start to finish, I loved it.
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I enjoyed all three books, but as each book moved on I found myself getting distracted and I wasn't rushing to turn the page. Still, I read this trilogy for something a bit lighter and different and that's what I got. I enjoyed seeing the planet side of things and the easy romance. The twist was as expected, with a few little surprises. The book itself was well put together and I didn't spot any errors like I quite often do in ebooks. I also think the author made the science side of things viable without letting it take over and still showed human nature at its worst and best.
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By J Juckes on 23 Aug. 2013
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Just one word sums this book up. WOW! I have loved every book in this series and I can say the last book just blew me away. I feel quite sad there are no more now :,( Definitely a keeper and one to cherish. I'm still reeling a little bit and it's been a few days since I finished it.

I often find with three part series it does go off the boil a little and dare I say it sometimes the final book is such a let down you feel a bit like throwing it against a wall. All that time invested in getting to the last book and bam, rubbish. I can say this is NOT the case here, Shades of Earth was awesome, magical and just damn perfect. I will say this is now officially my top book series of all time.

I'm not into spoilers, so no description of the plot from me. But believe me if you haven't read Across The Universe please do so now! It's blooming marvellous :) All three books are amazing and you will not be disappointed, I have awarded each one a five star rating.

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A fantastic execution to the end of a wonderful series.
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