SHADES OF EARTH
Publisher: Razorbill Penguin
Release Date: January 15th, 2013
Rating: REALLY LIKED
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.
It was a stunning conclusion, to say the least.
SHADES OF EARTH was a race from start to finish. A dynamic mix of danger, mystery, desperation, and love - SHADES OF EARTH is more than just a journey to a new planet. It's a journey to understanding, to reach a new height of responsibility. SHADES OF EARTH was full of depth. And it wasn't all pain and betrayal - there were a few times when I couldn't help but burst out in laughter.
But there were so many characters I loved dying left and right. So many characters I hated lived. Of course, that's how the world works, I guess. Even the new worlds.
Seeing Centauri Earth through the eyes of Elder and Amy made it all the more real - Amy's eyes were much like my own, she is from Earth after all. And Elder had such a creative way of looking at the new world that I just couldn't help but smile.
I can't say I loved it, though. It was epic, don't get me wrong. SHADES OF EARTH is one of the best finales I've ever read. It's just as good as ACROSS THE UNIVERSE and A MILLION SUNS. But there was also a feeling of so much waste when everything was revealed. And no, I won't make it any clearer. You'll just have to see for yourself ;)