Shades of Earth

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Goodreads Summary:

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.

FUELED BY LIES. RULED BY CHAOS. ALMOST HOME.

Though how this started had me worried we would continue to see a lack of growth from Amy, she quickly gets her act together. Immediately they are faced with maintaining control when Amy’s dad takes command, and it was really interesting watching Elder earn the respect of the COL and older soldiers.

And almost immediately there were even more questions. I can’t really say much because I’ll ruin it for anyone who hasn’t already read it, but the reaches of Phydus go way beyond what I had ever imagined, and what I did think turned out to be completely wrong – which hadn’t happened with the first two books so was a refreshing experience!

There was also a clear note of maturity that Revis got across in this book that I had been waiting for. Amy noticeably goes from calling her father Daddy to Dad, and she consciously chooses Elder as her person. Elder does well at balancing his recklessness with the responsibility of a leader, which he had been having trouble with.

The ending was a bit cheesy, but expected. Reminiscent of how Into the Still Blue ended. But I can’t say I wasn’t happy that there was a happy ending – a lot of people died in this book series, so someone needed to live.

I definitely think I will give Revis’ Body Electric a go now!

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