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Shades of Earth

(Across the Universe #3)

4.07  ·  Rating details ·  32,779 ratings  ·  3,712 reviews
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-nu
Hardcover, 369 pages
Published January 15th 2013 by Razorbill
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Jul 13, 2012 marked it as to-read
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LOOK AT THAT UGLINESS!!! I'm exited to read it though :3


What in the F*** where this people thinking when they made this cover!!!????

Thank You for Ruining My Collection!!! This will just clash fabulously in my shelf! THANKS A LOT!


I love a good sci-fi series, especially the wild ones. It's not often we get to experience an entirely new planet, and it was fun to try that in this novel. It's fast-paced, almost a thriller, but doesn't quite reach this level. Even so, it's a major page turner that kept me up late into the night. This last installment was just as brill as the two books that came before. This review kind of makes it sound like I didn't love this book, but believe me, I
Brad Sells
Minutes after I finished SHADES OF EARTH:


SHADES OF EARTH is seriously one of the best finales to a YA trilogy EVER. So much action, so many secrets, so many betrayals, SO MUCH EMOTIONS. I still can't get over how much I adore this book -- and this series.

Guys, you are going to LOVE SHADES OF EARTH. It's definitely my favorite in this trilogy (and I love all of them), and Beth Revis just made this awesome and epic and wonderful and i
Emily May
Sep 19, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: sci-fi, 2013, young-adult

3 1/2 stars

I was so prepared to give this series conclusion four stars right up until that cheesy ending. I knew it was going to happen, I was hoping it wouldn't but, deep down, I just knew it would. I've given the first two books - Across the Universe and A Million Suns - four and three stars respectively, the latter rating being mainly because I thought the characters lacked development and personality, despite the fact that I love the idea behind the story. On that front, I think Ms Revis
Seen at Scott Reads It

"Space may be the final frontier but it's made in a Hollywood basement" - Red Hot Chili Peppers

There will be spoilers for Across The Universe and A Million Suns. In this review there are no spoilers for Shades of Earth at all.
You're probably asking yourself: "Why is he quoting the Red Hot Chili Peppers?". I have always wanted to go to space and discover new planets and stars. The likelihood of me going to space is probably is about as likely as me winning the lottery j
Jul 13, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2013-favorites
Wow. What a conclusion.

And that's all I'm gonna say until closer to the release date. :)

Hormonal Pre-Review

No. NO. FUCK no.
How could Penguin do this?
Those original AtU covers are my favorite covers in the entire world. Out of every book in the world, those two book covers are my absolute favorites. And then they redesign them. Seriously?

We should revolt at Penguin Headquarters. All of us. Let's go!
Caz (littlebookowl)
Jan 15, 2012 marked it as to-read
no no no no NO NO NO!
I hate these new covers. NO!
And now: < / 3
They will not match as well OHMYFUCKINGGODNOOOOOOO
Not happy. Can you tell?
Jessica (The Psychotic Nerd)
This was a great ending to the series!!
While I am sad to see the series go... I like the way it concluded.

The cover doesn't look as bad anymore. I still really really REALLY want a pretty star cover but now this cover doesn't look as flat as before. Am I making sense? Maybe?
Well, I think the cover is okay... (I still don't like the cover changes though)

Aug 07, 2011 rated it it was amazing
OH FREX THAT WAS LOONS!!!! Mind is totally blown!

Maybe I'm just coming off my book high but it is 5am and after not being able to put the book down for longer than to eat and run to the bathroom a couple times I must say I thought it was a fabulously, nerve wracking, intense, epic, mind blowing conclusion!

I was so excited to finally get the Frozens woken up and to see this planet and what is inhabiting it. As expected total epic chaos ensued! Distrust and lies continued. Murders around every co
Hailey (Hailey in Bookland)
May 03, 2014 rated it really liked it
I enjoyed this series. I thought it was interesting and unexpected, especially this book. However I just didn't really care for any of the characters or the romance plot line. I really liked everything else though! ...more
Aug 31, 2011 rated it liked it
Shelves: sci-fi, penguin
This has been a really great series for me. I've enjoyed watching Amy and Elder's journey since the beginning, and I think the first chapter in Across the Universe is one of the most well-written first chapters in YA. I've been looking forward to Shades of Earth since I finished A Million Suns in November of 2011, and I'm here to say that this book provides great closure for a great series.

First, I think it's important to note that this book is a lot different than the first two in that it doesn
Edit 1/4/13

Sadly it didn't turn out as good as I hoped it would be. *sigh*

Review to come.


So, for Across the Universe we got this gorgeous cover

And for A Million Suns, we were greeted with an equally stunning one

So naturally, I was expecting something FABULOUS *fan girl moments* for the last installment, Shades of Earth. And lo and behold....

That's a joke..... right?

A personal flaw of mine is that I'm really OCD with having matching book covers so I'm really, well kind of disappointed
Jun 25, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ya, science-fiction, 2017
3.5 stars

I might raise my rating to 4 stars not sure. This book was better than the second, in my opinion. I read it in one sitting and I liked Amy more in this one. However, I can't forget the "love-triangle" maybe it wasn't a major event but it was kinda useless. I hated how Amy acted around Chris oblivious to the fact that she has a "boyfriend".

Full review to come. Maybe.
Trina (Between Chapters)
3 or 3.5 stars?

This was the most interesting installment of the trilogy to me and there were many moments that made me go 'WHOA' because of how it explored the sci-fi elements. However, some things were really predictable to me and a couple of things didn't feel fully explained in the end.

It's a series that got better as it went along to me, but I would have a hard time giving a blanket recommendation for it. I needed some time to sit with the type of society that was being set up but I can see
Jun 17, 2012 rated it it was amazing
WHY DID I PUT Shades of Earth OFF FOR FIFTEEN DAYS?!!! ARGHHH! Yes. Fifteen days is a long time to put off a book that was number five on your ten most anticipated books of the year. And a book that. Was. Just. Soooooooo. Good. And evil! And Good! No… IT WAS AWESOME!

‘What is in our hearts is real whether we name it or let it exist only in darkness or silence.’

Okay. So. Beth Revis is evila genius … an evil genius. Why can’t all YA authors be like her? Seriously. All those other authors nee
Chelsea (chelseadolling reads)
This is definitely a 4.5 stars. The entire time I was reading this I was completely at the edge of my seat and dying to know more. This series was INCREDIBLE. WOW.
Adita ✨The Slumbering Insomniac✨
(This is an all-inclusive review for the trilogy.)



Divergent. The Hunger Games. The Mortal Instruments. I can't believe that they made movies out of those, instead of this. If they deemed twelve crazy districts and five pointless factions fit to be shown on screens, then they should have guessed that people would love to see Godspeed making its way across the universe too. The movie "Passengers" might be a consolation, but I assure you, Amy Martin and Elder Davis's adventure is
Kat (Lost in Neverland)
May 17, 2012 rated it really liked it
Ah, I'm very excited for this book. Know why?


Aliens are coming. Aliens.



Update: Seriously, what the FUCK is up with that cover? That does not match the first two and probably will look like crap next to my ATU and AMS.

Rusty's Ghost Engine (also known as.......... Jinky Spring)
Wow I'm still reeling...... what a wonderful end to a very well crafted series.

Review to come
Jul 06, 2012 marked it as to-read
Initial Reaction: Damn. I love the title. Can't wait to see the cover!

Final Reaction: That cover is a joke...right?
Final rating: 5/5 stars

"But there’s a difference, isn’t there? Between saying goodbye and death."

One word: omfgthiswassofrexingepicthatihavenowordslefttoexpresswhatithink...
there, i wrote it XD

Anyway. Awesome conclusion to one of my favorite ya sci fi series. I am glad that Beth Revis didn't fail me with all her glorious plot twists and awesomeness. I liked every moment of it, and i just can't help but think that i would love if this book was longer! It seemed to me too short, but
* 4.5/5 stars.
Wow, that was so good! What a great way to end this trilogy. I loved the first book, Across the Universe, was a bit underwhelmed by the second book, A Million Suns, and then got pleasantly surprised by this one! The best part of the book was definitely the plot. Beth Revis had the tough task of introducing a whole new planet into the story while also wrapping up plot lines from the previous books, and she managed to do that oh, so well. The story took so many twists and turns and I
Mar 29, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: books-i-own
It’s over. I am so sad. The last of the trilogy! But it was oh so frexing good! This was my favorite of the series. Just wow. So many secrets and betrayals, I don’t think I ever knew what was going to happen next. After the first book I had a hard time envisioning how Revis would keep the series going for two more books, but what she did was brilliant!

Since this is the last of a series, I don’t want to go into the plot to much. I’ll just refer you to my review of book one: Across the Universe. S
shady boots
I have many, many problems with this series. Mainly the absolutely unbearable characters and romance. And another problem I've found myself having is how much Amy and Elder's voices mesh together for me. I could read several paragraphs before I realize "Oh wait, this is in Elder's/Amy's POV! Woopsies!" And don't even get me fucking started on the goddamn made-up swear word.

But I do admit that I enjoyed the concept and the plot, and I thought it all ended nicely until that very final chapter that
Chelsea ❤Peril Please❤
No going back now. Breathe in. Breathe out.
Oh, stars, Amy, I'm sorry.

Well...that was just wow. Remember when I asked for maybe just a little more peril for this final book in my last review? Well, Revis delivered. This book was everything the others were not-it had angst. It had danger. It was perilous. And I was so shocked when it became so angsty that my stomach twisted up in knots-the other books had all the things above, but in no way did they compare to the level they reached with this ins
Phoenix Olivia
Apr 10, 2020 rated it really liked it
Ohhhhh frex, oh FREX!!!! First I just want to say that this was a killer ending to the trilogy. It was not at all what I was expecting. There was so much adventure! Beth Revis did an amazing job with capturing the readers attention. All the vivid details make you feel like you were in the actual story. It was very astonishing! I felt like I was exploring the unfamiliar world right along with the characters. The world-building in this book was excellent.

Notes on the book:
1. I just loved the adve
Jan 24, 2016 rated it it was ok
I found it really interesting that the 'Across the Universe' series followed a very similar pattern to 'The 100' series by Kass Morgan, so if you're aware of one, you're aware of the tropes of the other. I didn't understand some of the characters actions, and thought the addition of a second love interest type was COMPLETELY unnecessary. Overall, it was a bit too predictable to keep my engaged. The first book is still well worth a read, but the series goes downhill from there... ...more
Jun 05, 2013 rated it did not like it
I'm going to apologize in advance to all the people who are going to get real mad at me when they read this. Sorry!

I read a lot. Like, a lot of lot. Just this summer alone, I've read 30 books. So I get around. I've run the gamlet of emotions when it comes to books. From the good to the bad. Few books have made me as utterly and compeltely angry as this book has. I mean. I can't even. The one star I'm forced to give it feels extremely generous.

I will start by saying I enjoyed the first book. Ac
Nov 15, 2015 rated it really liked it
Satisfying conclusion of an intense series. First I was afraid it falls into some YA tropes at the end but it proves me so wrong. Half of the book was an action packed finale and I couldn't help but read it in one session. A lot of the things happened could have been avoided if people just talk to each other, but hey that's a problem even in reality ;-)

Totally recommend the series for people interested in Sci-Fi without a lot of tech talk and with reliable characters and some pretty good mystery
Jan 16, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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Beth Revis writes books. She also eats too much chocolate, wishes she could travel more, and prefers puppies to people. Beth lives in rural NC with her boys: one husband, one son, two very large puppies.

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