Here's the summary from Goodreads: 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.
What I Liked: 1) Finally! What we've been waiting for this whole time, arriving at Centauri-Earth! I'm so glad that the book took this direction because I would have been sorely disappointed if we'd built up to it and then it didn't deliver with some sort of hope. But as I've read this series and come to be familiar with Miz Revis's writing, I knew she would deliver. It was nice to have a completely new setting to explore with its own set of unique challenges. 2) Amy's parents. Actually, I'm not sure how much I "liked" them, especially her father, but I was thrilled with their appearance, and Amy's realizations that they may not belong on the pedestals that she's held them on all these months she's been awake on the Godspeed. Her father, in particular, adds yet another conflict among the people who should all be working together as they've arrived in this new place and now have to find a way to live. 3) I've found that Beth Revis's characters are different than a lot of other characters in books that I've read. Both Amy and Elder (I still hate that he doesn't have a real name), don't progress in the way that I'm used to. It seems to be more of a two steps forward one step back kind of progression with them. It made them a little more realistic in my eyes, although I've never had a problem with another style of development. 4) The ending. I was holding my breath at the end. Without even realizing how deep I had sunk into it, I was just hoping for one more little peace (yes, peace, not piece) for the MC that was was holding my breath. And literally, on one of the very last pages, the thing I wanted finally happened. I was very pleased with the ending of the series!
What I Didn't Like: I like more emotions from my characters, especially passion. There was some emotion coming from them, particularly pain, sadness, and anger from Amy. But when romance comes into the mix, even as just a subplot, I think some passion is necessary. And I missed that here, when I would have expected it to be running high from an increase of adrenaline and excitement.
Overall Thoughts: I have thoroughly enjoyed this entire series. It was funny and engaging, with a creative and unique plot. I loved the way that Shades of Earth neatly wrapped up all of the lingering questions that I've had as I've read the series, and especially enjoyed the introduction of a new setting. It was the jolt the series needed to liven it up again. I had some issues with emotional connections from the characters, but otherwise thought Shades of Earth was a great conclusion to this series.
My Rating: 4 shots