It's not you, it's me. When I see the science fiction tag on a book, I expect science to come first, but I tend to forget that in some youngDear book,
It's not you, it's me. When I see the science fiction tag on a book, I expect science to come first, but I tend to forget that in some young adult novels fiction comes first and science second, and science does not have to make sense all the time. I have high expectations when it comes to stories set in space, but I guess my expectations are always too high. But this is not the only reason why we had to end this unhealthy love-hate relationship. These are the problems:
The description: It was poor. For example, couldn't you come up with other adjectives that could describe things instead of repeating the same one over and over again? It was annoying to read how the planet was "blue" and "white", or how the fire was "blue-white", "orange-red" or "red-yellow; or how "blue and white painted" a steel plate was, or "red and white splotches" on a "grey metal wall." You even add colour where it's unnecessary, like "spots of red blood"-ok, we know the blood is red.
You're obviously more in love with the word "carnivorous" than me, the reader. I also did not know space ships had "steering wheels". Ok, it's a ship, so they probably have one but I've never heard of people using the steering wheel to navigate the ship in the science fiction series I have watched (maybe I'm wrong).
The characters: Let's start with Amy.I don't know how I feel about her. She is one of the characters I cannot connect with-an ordinary girl trying to be extraordinary; a girl not boring, but not fascinating either. One moment she is a kick-ass heroine, the next she is whiny, childish and a daddy's girl. Make up your mind, girl! I've had the feeling she did not know what she was doing even when she thought she knew what she was doing. Now, let's talk about Elder. Reading his POV was... bearable. Although some of his actions were rash, illogical, and occasionally morally ambiguous, (view spoiler)[Elder: I'm going to kill the evil hybrids (read: commit genocide). Amy: NO! I'm one of them now. Elder: Ok then. (hide spoiler)]he makes up for it with his brave decision (view spoiler)[to sacrifice himself to save the others (hide spoiler)] at the end of the novel.
Anyway, while their reckless behaviour can be justified in a way by their age (they are hormone-driven teenagers), the behaviour of the OTHERS, meaning ADULTS) cannot. They act like a bunch of immature, stubborn, whiny teenagers when they don't get what they want. I'm also bothered by the disturbing portrayal of women in this novel-almost all women besides Amy are scared, useless, stupid, weak, hysterical or DEAD. If they are not one of the things mentioned, they end up being KILLED . (view spoiler)[I still don't understand why it was necessary to kill Amy's mother. Or her father. I have a feeling you killed them because you did not know what to do with them. (hide spoiler)]
I won't talk about the „love triangle“, if you can call it that. The Amy-soldier boy relationship seems forced and is completely irrelevant to the story. I also dislike you've turned me into a prude at one point (view spoiler)[I'm sorry but I bothered by Amy having sex one night and kissing another guy in the morning. And no, she did not stop him and no, she let him slip his tongue into her mouth, and no, I don't care is she was shocked! She even thanks him in the end! Am I the only one concerned she’s being seduced by a 20-year- old guy? (hide spoiler)]
The story: Oh where should I start? Maybe with good things for a change? Let's recall all the good things in this story. I like that it has two points of view (Eldar and Amy), I like that the chapters are short and that the plot is entertaining and fast-paced. There's that touch of mystery that keeps the reader interested. However, the „Who's the murderer?“ scenario is a bit old, you know. Been there, seen that-in book one and two. I also grew tired of you reminding me of the things I already know-yes, the „aliens“are killing people with Phydus. I get it! And don't let me start with all the inconsistencies regarding science in the novel. The science and the story, too, could be explained by these two sentences:
(weird things going on, action, drama etc.) „What is/was that?“ „I don't know!“ (weird things going on, action, drama etc.)
And Centauri-Earth... what a surprise! Not pleasant. Not at all. I wanted something more than Terra Nova meets Jurassic Park meets... a totalitarian Evil!government. When it comes to politics, I am a bit confused how FRX still exists 500 years after Godspeed’s departure from Earth? It’s unlikely FRX would exist after all that time unless it was a Star Wars' Galactic Empire reincarnation.
Conclusion:I think „Shades of Earth“is great if you only think of it as a good adventure, mystery, and romance novel with science-fiction elements. The writing is decent, the story might not be the most original but it's entertaining and the characters are ok. I have to admit the ending is satisfactory and unpredictable. All in all, it is a good ending to the series.
When I look back I don't regret reading „Across the Universe“series. But, I can't say I'm sorry this short romance is finally over.
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Instead of The Children or Húrin, this book should be entitled The story in which (view spoiler)[Everybody Dies (hide spoiler)] by J.R.R. Tolkien. Oh
Instead of The Children or Húrin, this book should be entitled The story in which (view spoiler)[Everybody Dies (hide spoiler)] by J.R.R. Tolkien. Oh. My. God. And here I thought only Shakespeare wrote good Renaissance tragedies. Really. This story is so tragically sad I forget it was written by Tolkien. I won't write a summary for the story but I'll write down some things about it that might persuade you to read this amazing book: 1. Elves and more Elves! If you like wise, brave elves who like to fight (a lot) and are good with a sword and a bow, read this! 2. Dragons! Evil, fire-breathing monsters that destroy everything in their path, kill half of the characters and torture the main character-check! 3. Revenge! Always a good reason to ruin your life. 4. Stubborn, flawed, cursed main (anti) hero! Who suffers a lot. 5. Middle-Earth! A nice little walk across the Middle Earth west of the Blue Mountains. 5. It's Tolkien, ok?! Do you need more reasons?
Ok, ok. Here, maybe these nice pictures convince you to read this:
4.5/5. A good sequel to the previous novel, but it did not blow my mind. The story was good but it was written in a way that all the actions of the ch4.5/5. A good sequel to the previous novel, but it did not blow my mind. The story was good but it was written in a way that all the actions of the characters were leading to the one important moment (reunion), which was obvious from the beginning and quite predictable. I had a feeling I was watching an episode to a supernatural series rather than reading a novel....more