Author: Beth Revis

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Review: Shades of Earth by Beth Revis (Across the Universe #3)

June 26, 2013 Review 1 ★★★★

Review: Shades of Earth by Beth Revis (Across the Universe #3)Release Date: January 15, 2013
Title: Shades of Earth
Series: Across the Universe #3
Author: Beth Revis
Pages: 369
Publisher: Razorbill
Source: Owned
Available: Barnes and Noble
From the Publisher: 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.
4 Stars

What’s the one thing that can ruin a young adult book faster than anything else?

Parents.

In the final installment of this trilogy, Amy finally gets her wish. Her parents are finally woken up from the cryo-sleep they’d been in for the last several months (well centuries, really) and the family is reunited. But the reintroduction of military personnel into Elder’s world changes everything.

The parents wake up and, predictably, take over everything.

And equally predictably, the world turns to shit. At every turn, the adults butt heads with Elder’s leadership. And Amy is stuck in the middle. How does she choose between the life she’s been living with Elder and the choices she’s been forced to make and her parents?

I didn’t like this book. But I absolutely love that Revis wrote a book that I didn’t like. Let me explain!

This world that Revis created is not an altogether unique world. Think WALL-E. It would have been all too easy for her to write a book that was full of cliches and story lines that went where you expected them to. But she didn’t. This book did have some predictability (see the previous comments about parents ruining things) but there were some things I absolutely did not see coming. There were moments that flat out angered me and made me put the book down. (Ed. note: Revis has a habit of writing characters that evoke enough anger from me that make me literally put the book down. I did the same thing in book 1.) There was death. There was mayhem. And I absolutely hated the ending. But it was realistic (okay, as realistic as a scifi book can be). Revis didn’t write a fairy tale. And I salute her for that.

And through it all, it still remained thought provoking. Beth Revis is one hell of a writer and even when her writing makes me angry, I will always read it. She will always be at the top of my TBR list when she has something new out.

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Review: A Million Suns by Beth Revis (Across the Universe #2)

February 1, 2012 Review 1 ★★★★★

Review: A Million Suns by Beth Revis (Across the Universe #2)Release Date: January 10, 2012
Title: A Million Suns
Series: Across the Universe #2
Author: Beth Revis
Pages: 386
Publisher: Razorbill
Source: Owned
From the Publisher: Godspeed was fueled by lies. Now it is ruled by chaos.

It's been three months since Amy was unplugged. The life she always knew is over. And everywhere she looks, she sees the walls of the spaceship Godspeed. But there may just be hope: Elder has assumed
leadership of the ship. He's finally free to enact his vision - no more Phydus, no more lies.

But when Elder discovers shocking news about the ship, he and Amy race to discover the truth behind life on Godspeed. They must work together to unlock a puzzle that was set in motion hundreds of years earlier, unable to fight the romance that's growing between them and the chaos that threatens to tear them apart.

In book two of the Across the Universe trilogy, New York Times bestselling author Beth Revis mesmerizes us again with a brilliantly crafted mystery filled with action, suspense, romance, and deep philosophical questions. And this time it all builds to one mind-bending conclusion: They have to get off this ship.
5 Stars

To echo my previous post – Beth Revis is one hell of a writer. I didn’t feel quite as unsettled reading this one, but I think it’s because Eldest is dead. He was the character that fueled most of my frustration in the first one.

This one has no less frustration, but it’s handled differently. There’s no lying to the masses – Elder is truly trying to do his best and be honest with every one. But, as is to be expected, the masses don’t handle it very well. One of my favorite things about these books is the way Revis writes humanity – she really nails it. Some people are good and some people are bad – and crowds always fuel the fire.

One of the twists – toward the end – should have been predictable. I mean, really it should have been. But Revis wrote her characters so well that it ended up completely surprising me.

I loved it! I absolutely can’t wait to read the next one – I’m betting it will be the best one yet.

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Review: Across the Universe by Beth Revis

January 25, 2012 Review 12 ★★★★★

Review: Across the Universe by Beth RevisRelease Date: January 11, 2011
Title: Across the Universe
Series: Across the Universe #1
Author: Beth Revis
Publisher: Razorbill
Source: Owned
From the Publisher: A love out of time. A spaceship built of secrets and murder. 

Seventeen-year-old Amy joins her parents as frozen cargo aboard the vast spaceship Godspeed and expects to awaken on a new planet, three hundred years in the future. Never could she have known that her frozen slumber would come to an end fifty years too soon and that she would be thrust into the brave new world of a spaceship that lives by its own rules.

Amy quickly realizes that her awakening was no mere computer malfunction. Someone-one of the few thousand inhabitants of the spaceship-tried to kill her. And if Amy doesn't do something soon, her parents will be next.

Now Amy must race to unlock Godspeed's hidden secrets. But out of her list of murder suspects, there's only one who matters: Elder, the future leader of the ship and the love she could never have seen coming.
5 Stars

Holy freaking cow.

I haven’t had such a visceral reaction to a book like this in ages. From the beginning, my heart jumped into my throat – and stayed there until the end. Usually I have reactions like that to certain scenes or chapters, but not this time – Beth Revis is one HELL of a writer.

I had to stop and put it down a few times today because certain scenes with Eldest were putting me in a bad mood – you should see some of my tweets from this afternoon!

I think, for me, the best part of the novel is the way it makes you think. I always strive for spoiler-free reviews, so this will be difficult to explain well, but basically Revis asks the questions “Why is this person the way he is, but this other person who has lived in very similar conditions is completely different? and “Are lies necessary for the well-being of the masses?”

It’s a delightfully wonderful moral and ethical dilemma that’s presented in this novel – but I think it’s clear on which side Revis firmly stands. Though it’s possible my opinion there will change once I read the sequel – though I have high hopes for the direction it will go.

I did find myself thinking of the movie Wall-E while reading it, but the only similarities are that the ships in both are full of people who don’t know any other way of life.

Again, I have to say – Beth Revis is one hell of a writer, and I can’t wait to pick up the next in the series.

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