Across the Universe Series, Book 3
Note: If you haven't read the first two books in this series, I advise you against reading the description and my review unless you're okay with plot spoilers.
Description (taken 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.
You know how when you finish a book, you want to gush and gush about the ending? Well, I just finished one of my favorite series of all time. And you bet all I want to talk about is the ending. Unfortunately, I can't ruin the journey for you.
There's one major difference in this book than the first two: the scene. The first two are based on the ship, but this one is based on Centauri-Earth. Plus, the romance between Elder and Amy has blossomed. Truly, Elder is one of my favorite characters. But then the storyline goes front, then back, then, around, then who knows where. One part of me is trying to stay ahead and predict what happens next while the other part is thinking "What the frex is going on?!"
If you haven't read this series yet, I am officially throwing my shoes at you. Go read these books. I loved them, and I hope you do too.
Quote that really made my jaw drop and my head whirl:
"You could have valued our lives more than your secrets."
~Shades of Earth, p 360