By Beth Revis
When I read a series I pretty much always have an instant favorite book. But for this series I like each book individually for so many different reasons. If I force myself to pick a favorite I think it would have to be Shades of Earth simply because of the growth of the characters, the world, the suspense, and Beth Revis’ writing as a whole.
I was blown away by the imagination and detail put into this world and this book and it felt stronger than the others. I think being able to write about exploring a new earth while still being able to describe space travel really opened up a lot of great opportunities for Beth and her writing to expand with the enormity of the space she was given.
My favorite character may surprise some people since *spoiler alert* he gets killed off right in the beginning. My favorite character is Harley, the boy who paints the koi fish for Amy and the stars. He was such a hug-able character and the definition of a true friend. He was troubled and imperfect, but that’s what made him perfect. His relationship with Amy and Elder as well as some of the other characters was endearing and I felt like I would easily open up to Harley if he was real and I ever bumped into him on the street one day.
I like to tell everyone this because I feel incredibly lucky. I discovered this book completely on accident and I only bought it because I fell obsessively in love with the cover of Across The Universe. I knew it was a sci-fi space travel sort of thing and really didn’t know if I would like it but I knew I had to have that beautiful book on my shelves.
Lucky for me, that beautiful book has become a part of one of my favorite series of all time. It was something I probably would not have picked up, but once I did it rocked my world. I’m so glad I discovered these gems as well as their creator Beth Revis. If you haven’t read them already, do it. Now. What the frex are you waiting for? (hehe see what I did there?)