Tuesday, May 7, 2013

Shades of Earth

And now I have a review for ya'll. After a few days lounging and hiking around in the sun, I set out to finish Shades of Earth, which I have now done. Between studying for a midterm and attending classes and gazing out at the sun longingly, I did it. And had a nice time doing it.

Retrieved from Goodreads
The shipborn and frozens have left Godspeed for Centauri-Earth. It's beautiful, and has no walls. But it's also nothing like what Amy and Elder expected. There are large carnivorous pterodactyl-like birds and flowers with neurotoxins. And there are ruins. Ruins that look like they were made by humans. But that's not possible, because humans couldn't have lived here. While Amy and Elder are trying to discover the planet's secrets, the now-unfrozen military personnel are having trouble getting along with the shipborns. Elder wants to be in charge of his people, and Amy's father, the leader of the unfrozen, wants complete control. But they might need to come together to defeat a threat that no one expected. The true reason Godspeed never landed on Centauri-Earth.

There are a lot of threads in this book. Amy and Elder experiencing the new planet. The conflict of power between Elder and Amy's dad. Amy getting to know Chris, a military man who's close to her own age. All the secrets that still surround Godspeed even though they've left the ship. And all the people who are being killed. I enjoyed this book. It was soooo cool to see them on Centauri-Earth instead of remaining on Godspeed the entire series. And, I'll be honest, that planet sounded cool! 

Goodreads Rating: 4 stars
Next up: Code Name Verity

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