Shades of Earth by Beth Revis


Title: Shades of Earth
Author: Beth Revis
Publisher: Razorbill
Publication Date: January 15, 2013
Source: Purchased (kindle)

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.

Shades of Earth was out of this world…literally. Amy and Elder have finally landed on Centauri-Earth and if you remember from A Million Suns there are rumors of monsters. Horrible things that prevented the shipborns from landing Godspead when it first arrived. Beth Revis is by far one of the most spectacular world builders ever to walk Sol-Earth. Every aspect of Centauri-Earth is described vividly and I could imagine it all in my head.

What I liked:

Shades of Earth is a stunningly realistic science fiction novel. As I already mentioned Beth Revis does such a fantastic job of describing the setting that I really feel as though I am walking Centauri-Earth. I saw the plants and the monsters in my head and in one of the most grotesque scenes I have ever read I even saw a man getting eaten alive, very vividly in my head at two in the morning. The exact type of image I don’t want in my head before going to bed. (lol)

The political systems that Revis creates in this novel are so intricately described that I thought I was part of it. In Shades of Earth not only do we have the Elder/Eldest system, but we also get to the Frozens and how they operate, AND we get to see how life on Centauri-Earth operates. Each of these systems is further divided by those who support and understand the system and those that do not. Reminds me of Sol-Earth.

Closest I could find to what I think the ruins look like.

What I didn’t like: (*spoilers)

There was a certain element to this plot that my brain had a hard time wrapping itself around. This will be entirely subjective, because let’s face it, sometimes my brain doesn’t work properly, but I can’t help but wonder if others didn’t have this problem too. The issue of the ruins, what made them, and if people made them where did they go, weighed heavily on my mind. When I first saw them I thought they were made by humans. What a big shock to me! Centauri-Earth has humans! But wait…what about the probes that were sent down before the “plague” that said there were monsters. How could there be humans with monsters? So the humans are gone because mysterious monsters killed them. Then wait….there is a compound. A compound! With asphalt!
This is where I got a little lost. Revis did such a splendid job of trying to lay it out for me, but sometimes even the most well laid plans can’t get into people’s heads. So this fault was all on me.

Even though this series takes place in space and in this third book on an alien planet Revis has built this world to be as realistic and authentic as possible, something few other Science Fiction YA’s that I’ve read have been able to do. Beth Revis has a place on my shelf as one of my favorite authors. Can’t wait to see what she churns out next.

Priscilla’s Ramblings

Hi there! I had some things to share that will be putting influence on the types of books I’ll be reading in the next several months… no years! in this weeks run to the library I picked up a few pregnancy books as well! My husband and I found out last Monday that we are expecting! It was a total surprise and taking the pregnancy test was more of a joke than an actual “test” for us. So it was mighty quiet when we saw that little plus sign that popped up with the quickness of a golden snitch! haha! Ever since then we have put pressure on debating whether or not to make a move to a tiny apartment with a budget friendly price tag so we could be be closer to everything or stay in our large but out of the way and sort of pricey home! Oh boy decisions decisions!

In my video post a few weeks ago I mentioned not having children to read the Box Car Children to, now in just a few short years I’ll have my own little book worm to read them with!! In the mean time my husband and I have been diving into all the pregnancy reading material we can stand! Including baby name books! Apparently choosing a name is far more difficult than we could imagine. We had a name picked for each sex and now hubby has decided the girl name isn’t working for him hah! Well goodness! And you are choosing this name that will follow this kid around for LIFE, that’s kind of scary! Ah!

Now as far as my reading selection has gone, I’ve had few hit and miss I started to read The Joker by Ranulfo. I got at least 1/4 of the way into it and then just lost interest. In all fairness, it was not the books fault. This is the point We found out we were pregnant and I just couldn’t focus! But now I am reading Go Ask Alice by Anonymous and I can’t tear myself away! Forty pages left and I’ll give you a full review! A few other titles have come and gone but I failed to write down the names and authors. Shame on me! ;) *sigh*.

One last exciting thing to share! I’ve been helping a talented up and coming author by being a sort of Beta reader! I’m loving the story so far and it’s so cool to get to have a wee bit of input here or there if nothing else to job the brain and get the words flowing ;) Or I may be glorifying my “duties” but it’s my little life and I’ll take what I can get hehe!

Priscilla

Just Some Ramblings

Hey guys! I know I don’t normally put things on here about me, I try to keep it all about books, I just wanted to share some things with you all! You probably noticed things have been slow the past few months. Well, I hope to be changing that. My course load this semester is different than last. It’s no longer the holidays so I won’t be spending a gazillion hours at work. I read my first book outside of school in a long time over Christmas break. It was Insurgent by Veronica Roth and I loved it! Cannot wait for the third one! I am currently reading Mark of Athena by Rick Riordan. I really love all of his books so I am expecting big things from this one also!

While I will try as hard as I can to post as frequently as I used to, there are two things different this semester that may prevent that. Even though I am working less and I have a lighter course load, two things have replaced it.

The first is that I am finally getting back into writing after only getting a couple thousand words all semester because of the same reasons why I wasn’t here. I’ve been working really hard on my new WIP and have been spending a lot of time on it while the Muse is still here whispering in my ear. I am having to remind myself to do other things besides write. So if you don’t hear from me for a few days give me a nudge on Twitter. I’ll claw my way out of the writing hole lol.

The second thing is something I am really excited about. I am a junior at UTC majoring in English: Rhetoric and Professional Writing, with a minor in Communications. What I plan to do with that sounds simple; a publicist at a publishing house. I really love getting to work with authors and other bloggers so I really wanted to explore more about that world. Enter KP Simmons. I know most of you already know who she is, but she runs Inkslinger PR and has taught me so much about blog tours and I am eternally thankful to her. Kelly is also the Senior Publicity Manager for a small publishing house called Month9Books. This is a publishing house that I can now say I will be a PR intern at for the next few months! I am very excited for this wonderful opportunity and can’t wait to learn and grow through Kelly and Month9Books!

These next few months are going to be really exciting with reading, blogging, writing and interning! I hope to share everything with you guys along the way!

Review: Motorcycles, Sushi, and One Strange Book


Title: Motorcycles, Sushi & One Strange Book (Real Life #1)
Author: Nancy Rue
Publication Date: May 4, 2010
Publisher: Zondervan
Source: Library

From Goodreads

Normal?While family dinners and vacations to touristy destinations are ordinary events for her ‘normal’ friends, fifteen-year-old Jessie Hatcher’s normal life means dealing with her ADHD and her mother’s bipolar disorder.So why is Jessie shocked when the unexpected happens? Now her ‘normal’ includes living in Florida with the father she always thought was dead and learning the secrets of sushi from a man who teaches by tormenting her. Life isn’t any saner with her dad, but a cute guy and a mysterious book might just be the crazy Jessie needs.

What I thought:

So this week I’ve been enjoying a little light fast paced reading, I started a couple books and decided I just couldn’t get into them. I moved on and came up with Motorcycles, Sushi, And One Strange Book by Nancy Rue! This is the first book of four of her Real Life series. I didn’t realize when I picked the book up that it was:
A. A Series
B. A Christian novel
Not that it would have mattered either way, just a little factoid for you! I will say that as far as the references towards Religion go, it wasn’t so heavy that I picked up on right away, in fact I didn’t realize until maybe half way through.
Jessie is a 16 year old girl struggling with ADHD. I found this point of view intriguing being that I myself never had any conditions similar to this. I love to find how different people interact with one another to all sorts of situations, based on their own personal experiences and hang ups. Jessie is definitely hung up on the fact that she has ADHD. She goes through a lot of changes in a short amount of time. She learns she has a father, a bratty half sister, and that her mother’s “normal behavior” was actually that she was Bi-polar.
That’s just the beginning. Jessie learns to cope with her ADHD eventually letting go of the steaming hatred she has about her own personal flaw. In the mean time she works in a sushi shop her father owns, and takes to exploring her new yet temporary home of Beautiful St. Augustine Florida with her own personal tour guide, Rocky.–Side note, I have been to St. Augustine and not only did my mouth water as the sushi dishes were described, but I could actually literally see the beautiful scenery that she was becoming familiar with. In fact it made me definitely want to go back to St. Augustine! I would not mind living there! So you know the setting was right up my alley!
I would give this book 4 stars! Its a great feel good book, easy to read and entertaining to boot! If you’re a little apprehensive about reading it due to the fact that it is a Christian fiction book, don’t let that deter you! It lifted my spirits and I even learned a little something in there ;) What did I learn you ask? Well it seems you’ll have to read it, and let me know what YOU learned before I let go of that final detail haha!

Thanks For reading!


Priscilla K Rittman