Shades of Earth by Beth Revis
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
The final book in the Across the Universe trilogy gets into some seriously different territory. No longer are Amy, Elder, and their comrades forced to survive on a wayward spaceship. Instead, they're finally going down to Centauri-Earth and finding it every bit as lethal as you can expect, populated as it is with toxic plants and deadly pterodactyl creatures. And that's just the beginning. There's some kind of sentient creature out there, also extremely murderous, and it's prompting some seriously extreme responses from the humans - especially Amy's dad.
Romance largely takes a backseat (other than a few key scenes with Amy and Elder further exploring their physical relationship) to the action, particularly in the last white-knuckle hundred pages. One major supporting character dies, and another one soon appears to bite the dust in a huge sacrifice - but thank God the latter actually lives, because otherwise the book would end on a tragic note, not the more hopeful (though still bittersweet) one we get.
Ave atque vale, Across the Universe.
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