Book Rant: Shades of Earth

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RATING: 70%

GENRE: YA, Sci-fi

SERIES: Across the Universe Trilogy, #3

SERIES RATING: C

Hello beauties! Today we are discussing the third and final book in Beth Revis’ Science Fiction trilogy, Shades of Earth. This book, in my mind, was the best of the series but I still was not thrilled with it. If you haven’t started it, if Sci-fi is your thing then go for it! I think you will like it. It’s just never been my genre. Ok Spoilers part here! Bye guys!

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Ok so more stuff happens in this book than the other two, but seriously I had to make myself finish this series.  I really was reading for the sake of getting through it. When I was 3/4 done I was ready for the end. Enough suspense, I just wanted it over. And then the last 1/4 was very, very disappointing. I did not like it. At all. I think Elder coming back was a horrible move, I know it’s sci-fi and we have mutated humans, but really? Way too far fetched. I didn’t like the killing of Amy’s mom, it was really unnecessary. That’s one for my book-related pet peeves, when authors kill characters for no reason  other than to inflict pain. Sometimes they can do it really well and it adds to the story (Cassandra Clare, Laini Taylor, Lauren Oliver…) but normally it just feels really forced and not necessary. Amy’s dad dying made more sense because he was military, the leader, him dying was more natural in the story.

Chris, so much discontinuity! If he was on the planet originally, how to he end up with the group? Assuming he manages to subtly do that with only Amy’s dad knowing,  why does Amy’s dad assign him as her body guard immediately? Eyes like that aren’t normal, he sound at least have mistrusted him more. Certainty not trust him with his daughter off the bat. If I just landed on an alien planet and some humanoid with freaky eyes walked up to me and said he was the last remaining  survivor of the previously landed human settlers, my reaction would be “Well that’s awful convenient…for you” I would let him be with us in case he was right but he would have no clue about anything in our group. He’d be treated like a prisoner, not in that he would be kept locked up, but in that I don’t trust him at all. He would have constant supervision but subtly so he didn’t know the extent to how I didn’t trust him. Yeah he would notice and have those people killed because that’s how his character reacts, and then it “ok, the people in charge of you have all magically turned up dead? Again, convenient for you. Bye, bye!” or then lock him up and figure out what the fuck is going on and what his people want. Then we could have gotten right to the peace negotiations or at least has a round table to discuss what’s happening. Also because Chris was so high up in their encampment, he should have KNOWN no one in the settlement knew shit about the FRX and their actions/plans. And if I was Amy, Chris being able to re-program the shuttle would set of warning bells. She probably didn’t say anything because it’s what she wanted but still, trust should be going down. SO MUCH DISCONTINUITY! People’s actions make no sense!

I liked Elder more nearing the end of the book when he started really becoming a leader for his people. At the beginning he was the same as the other two books (pretty weak, unorganized, and just not a leader who knew what to do. Not his fault, he is young) but as we go alone he really steps up so I was really happy about that.

That’s pretty much it, bye guys! Kisses!

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Book Rant: A Million Suns

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GENRE: YA, Science-fiction

Hi lovelies! Today we are discussing the second book in Beth Revis’ Across The Universe trilogy, A Million Suns. If you have not started this series the first book – Across the Universe – is about a girl named Amy who gets cryogenically frozen  to go on this spaceship to a new planet. But someone wakes her up 50 years early, almost killing her in the process.  Stuck on the spaceship Godspeed, Amy teams up with the leader-to-be, Elder, and tries to find her potential killer, before they get to her parents too.  If you haven’t read the first book you can shoo for now. In A Million Suns three months have past since Amy was woken up and Elder is now the leader of the ship, with no Phydus. While trying to discover a way to fix the engine, Elder discovers a shocking truth about the ship. Once again he and Amy are struggling to solve a mystery but this time everyone on Godspeed is at stake. All the while the ship is descending into a state of chaos as the once-drugged passengers realize they have freewill but they lack the regulation – both self and by others – that Amy took for granted back on Earth.  Spoilers past this point!

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Now I don’t read a lot of Sci-fi for a reason. I get really frustrated with it really easily and I get really distracted while reading it. But this book picked up about half way through. The first half was painfully slow but then it just hit the ground running! I kind of had a hard time imagining Orion sitting down with himself and thinking “Damn, I think Elder and Eldest are on to me. What do i do? Oh I know! I’ll make a scavenger hunt for Amy!” I know it happens in a lot of books, but it never seems realistic. Doc at the end seemed really out of character as he has been established in Across the Universe and in this book. I didn’t see that coming. It seemed to psychopathic while Doc was portrayed as really level headed and rational.

For the first half of this book I was having a Bitterblue relationship with Elder. (glad they kept the name, that would have been slightly confusing). He was trying to be leader and i just got really sick of reading about him. It was at that point when I was “Oh what are you doing?!” When he’s in the library with Bartie there were so many arguments he could have made! Also, for the record Mary Antoinette never actually said “Let them eat cake.”On the other hand I guess most of the arguments I would have made you have been based around my knowledge of “Sol-earth”, knowledge which Elder obviously doesn’t have.  What I found weird is after Elder talks to the Shippers about the property of inertia, yet when they tell his the they have stopped he doesn’t think its strange. He just said that even if the engines were broken, they would keep moving because there is nothing to stop them is space.Therefore if the engines were shut off, they would still be moving. The only way they would be still if if some calculated the trust the would need against the forward movement to make them stop but not so much that they would then start going backwards, which would be almost impossible I imagine. Or if they were in orbit. Now for us, I’m pretty sure that would be basic knowledge. Even if you weren’t highly learned in physics. I think it was covered in grade 4 or 5 and if you thought about it for a second, it makes sense. Elder may not have this knowledge already in him, but clearly its on-hand in books. Besides which, the Shippers should know this stuff. So if someone said “we’re stopped” they’re immediate reaction should have been, “no, we can’t be.” I just found it so backwards that right after Elder explain inertia he didn’t question the “we’re stopped.”

What I though for most of this book was that they were like an “experiment” to see how humans would survive in a totally isolated biosphere and then something went wrong and they lost connection. Or maybe they deliberately cut connection but they could still tell what was going on or something. But I appear to be wrong on that. Darn, that would have been interesting to see how they would react. I would be pissed. The giant flaw in my plan of course was, why would they bother freezing people.

What I am confused about is, is Sol-Earth different from Centauri- Earth? Are they different planets? Or the same earth just hundred of years later? Because I thought they were different but Amy keeps referring to Centauri-Earth as “home.” I foresee some issues because humans are going to be the alien invaders. And as we know from science-fiction, it usually doesn’t end well for the invaders. I think if they pull a genocide kind of thing I’m going to have a lot of trouble sympathizing with the people off Godspeed. I’m reading Shades of Earth likely next month and I’m really curious about how this is all going to go down.

Bye my darlings! Thanks for your patience as this took me forever to read! Kisses.

Book Rant: Across the Universe

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I love this cover! It’s so freaking gorgeous with all it’s detail!

BOOK RATING: 75%

GENRE: YA, Science fiction

Hello! Welcome to Book Rant! Today we are discussing the first book in Beth Revis’ trilogy, Across the Universe. It starts off with this 17 year old girl, Amy, and she’s preparing to get chronologically (EDIT: cryogenically. Caught this while I was skimming! Oops! That’s embarrassing) frozen to go into space with her parents. Technically she doesn’t need to be there but her parents are really high up with her father a military specialist and her mom a super specialized biologist so they arranged to have her come with them. The plan is that they are going to be frozen for 300 years and arrive at a new planet. But someone wakes Amy up 50 years early, almost killing her. She finds her self on the spaceship Godspeed where the people have been completely isolated for 250 years, making her a “freak.” Her bright red hair and pale skin standing out against the 3,000 mono-ethnic inhabitants living aboard Godspeed. Elder is in training to be the next in command and curiosity leads him to befriend Amy, trying to lead her through this foreign world of metal. But Amy has something on her mind other than friendship, there is a killer on the ship and what if her beloved parents are the next targets? This book is written in dual POVs Elder and Amy which I really liked and this book deals more with the mystery and the sci-fi elements more than the romance which I also liked because it seemed more realistic. As per usual, spoilers beyond this point.

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When I was reading this book I had so many crackpot theories on how it was going to turn out. First I had the Divergent like one (spoiler alert) where they were still on Earth but intentionally separated from society and brainwashed to think that they were in space and isolated so that they would grow to be stronger people then save the rest of the world. Maybe the world was at war and they wanted to freeze some really important people so that they would be safe and then they put these other people into this “spaceship” so they could be in this peaceful environment to figure out how to adapt and survive and then when they could leave the “spaceship” they could use this knowledge along with the frozen important people to fix humanity. But that idea died. (Spoiler alert over) My next one was more or less right, I figured that they were using some kind of drug in the food to make these people passive and the “insane” ones were immune to it. And I guessed that they had to be messing with DNA because that’s the only way not to have a bunch of mutant children from incest. There are 3000 people and they have been together for over half a century, by this point everyone is related somehow. For most of the book I thought Eldest and Doc were killing off these frozen people because it was a Wall-e situation where they couldn’t go home and having a bunch of these different people running around would cause disturbances so it was just easier to unfreeze them an let them die, writing it off as an accident or accusing someone else. But nope. And the last one I had was that the person wasn’t physically unplugging the people, rather the frozen people were probably hooked up to a power grid designed that if one shut off the rest would still work just as a safety measure so the murderer just had a map of the grid and was shutting them off through that. Which sounded way more logical to me but that didn;t happen either.

I did not see Elder being the one to have unplugged her coming! He is one good actor! I can’t even really be mad at his character because it was ignorance. It would be like getting mad at a child who had never been told better. The fact that he didn’t know was probably good reason for him not to do it,  but like a curious kid, he did. I really respect him for telling Amy, she deserved the truth and hat to do with it is her decision. That’s really the theme of this book. Overall I like Elder. Amy I like even more. She’s really realistic and just a determined person. Harley I loved. he was a sweetheart and it was really upsetting when he killed himself.

Ok so these three causes of discord: Difference, lack of leadership and individual thought. All of those are correct, they do cause disorder but they aren’t necessarily bad. Leadership for sure you need. But leadership doesn’t mean tyrannical dictator using mind control. And this whole difference is bad thing, no! Yes it is the cause for many wars but difference is the surface not the root cause. Which is primarily misunderstanding and fear. Also as anyone with even they tiniest amount of biological information knows, difference is what makes a species strong. If you have a species that is all identical you are incredibly weak. That’s why evolution occurs. Because when there is a  plague or something there will be those naturally resistant so they will survive when everyone else dies.  If you mess with everyone’s DNA making them all the same you are really screwed. There NEEDS to be variation within a group, it happens naturally so stop messing with it! The mono-ethnic thing probably just happened because they’ve been on a spaceship with 3,000 people for half a century so it’s really unavoidable but stop messing with DNA! I predict bad things will happen.  And finally we had individual thought. Eldest always said this one with a sneer. And I don’t even know what to do with it! If you take away individual thought you can’t even count those people as human. They are then empty, soulless machines.  I guess that’s what he wants because it prevents disagreement but that is such a incredible breech of human rights that I cannot even fathom it because of course you are allowed to think what you want. They’re thoughts. A world where someone says “you can’t say that” I can imagine because it happens but having someone make it so you cannot physically think something is insane. Your thoughts are considered such a personal part of you that no one can take them away. People can try and manipulate them but the bottom line is always they are your thoughts, unless someone kills you you will always have them.  Trying to imagine a world where you haven’t been brainwashed because people can always break that but a world where you cannot physically or mentally have an individual personality, it’s a medical impossibility, I can’t do it. It’s a concept I have a really hard time wrapping my head around, it seems like a step beyond being drugged.

The fact that they altered history was so weird. Abraham Lincoln and that whole ordeal. It’s common knowledge to us. I’m not American and I know what happened, I’m guessing most educated people of the world do. Maybe not in details but if someone started telling you what Elder was you would stop  and be “Whoa, what?” Like Amy said she didn’t have the thing memorized but she knew that wasn’t it! The Hitler thing was messed up. when someone says Hitler we associate it with a brutal point in history and a controlling, disturbed leader. But Elder associated it with a strong, good leader. Maybe to him he was trying to rid the world of difference and it should be looked on as a good thing. History as we know it has been so twisted to suit the Eldest’s desires it was scary.

This book was really weird but super interesting and it really made you think. I will be reading the second one, A Million Suns, ASAP! Bye all!