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386 pages, Hardcover
First published January 10, 2012
“I don’t need this!” I roar. “Not from you too! I don’t need you telling me what to do or that I’m not good enough”
"I am the only one who truly misses them. Of all the two-thousand-whatever people on this ship, I’m the only one who knows what it is to lie in the grass in your backyard and reach up to capture fireflies floating lazily through the stars. I’m the only one who knows that day should fade into night, not just clicking on and off with a switch. I’m the one who’s ever opened her eyes as wide as she can and still see only the heavens."
"I see the stars as a part of the universe, and having spent my life behind walls, suddenly having none fills me with both awe and terror. Emotion courses through my veins, choking me. I feel so insignificant, a tiny speck surrounded by a million stars.
A million stars."
"I would do anything to make her happy again, so I give her the stars."
My main problem was with Amy, the girl annoyed me so much. Even though I liked Elder, it wasn't enough. I didn't see 3-dimensional characters, Elder was an exception but even not all the time. Sometimes, I couldn't share their feelings. I did, however, enjoy their attempts to solve the mystery. I wanted to know the secret and the culprit so badly. Elder is without doubt, my favorite character in these 2 installments. He's always putting everyone before him and doing whatever he can to make things better, not many saw that, though. Not even Amy soemtimes and sadly,, that wasn't enough to cover her sselfishness.
I know her life was far from being easy on Godspeed, but couldn't she stop blaming Elder for everything? Maybe she needed someone to blame but can't she imagine what he was going through? Like trying to prevent a rebellion and dealing with the ship's problems. She wants him to choose her first and he did. She couldn't see that. She only saw what he did toward the end (and I completely support him). Amy was so selfish sometimes, yes her parents are still freezing, someone wants to attack her but she's here now, complaining won't help. She was immature and while Revis was trying to make her something, she looked so plain, so simple, nothing made her stand out from the usual YA heroines. Honestly, I would have given this book 4 stars if it wasn't for her stubborn illogical defiance and accusation for Elder in his last chapter. To be fair, I admired her for questioning the truth, for her doubt and curiosity.
That being said, I finished this book in no time considering I have finals at the moment. It was enjoyable but not perfect. It will make you pose some ethical questions. Don't expect romance because you won't find any. The characters could have been way better but I can only hope we'll have some character development in Shades of Earth. I know I'll be reading it soon.
Luthe and Orion here they come!!!