Shades of Earth by Beth Revis
Revis concludes her popular and best-selling Across the Universe series in a satisfying way in this final book. It picks up right where the second book left off, with Amy and Elder taking the 1456 willing pioneers off the ship Godspeed down to Centauri-Earth. Unfortunately, life there is not what the passengers had been hoping for. First off, they find horrifying, giant birds that are reminiscent of pterodactyls, which are stalking the people whenever they’re out of the shelters they built. In addition, a poisonous purple flower puts Amy in a near coma. Not to be outdone, the frozen soldiers and scientists, including Amy’s parents, have woken up and taken control of the settlement. Then, people start getting killed, and no one is quite sure who or what is attacking them.
This story is non-stop action and will be a hit with fans of the first two titles. Revis’ writing is tight and suspenseful, pulling readers into the story immediately. Her blend of science fiction and teen angst makes the series a must-read for both Science Fiction fans and dystopian readers. I can highly recommend this to Berkeley High School students.