Series: Under the Never Sky #3
Published by HarperCollins on January 28, 2014
Genres: Dystopian, Fantasy, Romance, Science Fiction, Young Adult
Their love and their leadership have been tested. Now it's time for Perry and Aria to unite the Dwellers and the Outsiders in one last desperate attempt to bring balance to their world.
The race to the Still Blue has reached a stalemate. Aria and Perry are determined to find this last safe-haven from the Aether storms before Sable and Hess do-and they are just as determined to stay together.
Meanwhile, time is running out to rescue Cinder, who was abducted by Hess and Sable for his unique abilities. And when Roar returns to camp, he is so furious with Perry that he won't even look at him, and Perry begins to feel like they have already lost.
Out of options, Perry and Aria assemble a team to mount an impossible rescue mission-because Cinder isn't just the key to unlocking the Still Blue and their only hope for survival, he's also their friend. And in a dying world, the bonds between people are what matter most.
I don’t know about you, but I’m always a bit scared to read the end of a trilogy that I love. The first two books (book review of UNDER THE NEVER SKY; book review of THROUGH THE EVER NIGHT), were both favorites of mine, and I couldn’t help but be nervous about the finale. Would INTO THE STILL BLUE wrap up Aria’s and Perry’s stories in a good way? Would finding the Still Blue be the salvation everyone needs it to be?
I shouldn’t have worried: from the moment I started INTO THE STILL BLUE, I didn’t want to put it down. At the same time, I wanted to drag the book out because I didn’t want my time with Aria, Perry, Roar, and the rest of the Tides to end. Throughout the series, Veronica Rossi excelled at creating characters I cared about, and writing a story I was fully engrossed in reading. Both of those — great characters, captivating story — were present in INTO THE STILL BLUE.
First: There’s so much action in this book! I did not expect so much to happen, and I couldn’t flip the pages fast enough to see what was coming next. As I’m sure you can guess, the process of finding and going to the Still Blue is anything but easy. With three very different groups of people needing the safety of the Still Blue as the Aether storms ramp up in intensity and destructiveness, I honestly wasn’t sure how everyone would get there. I don’t think I’m spoiling anything by saying that not everyone does, but you might be surprised by who makes it. I certainly was.
Second: Aria and Perry. The relationship they have is one of my favorite ones. As a rule, I’m pretty critical of relationships in YA books, because all too often they’re based on instant attraction and the characters fall “in love” immediately. Not these two. If you remember the beginning of UNDER THE NEVER SKY, they hated each other and only worked together reluctantly to accomplish their goals. Now they’re a firm couple, despite lots of ups and downs, and trying to do the best for each other. Their relationship is sweet yet angsty.
Third: Aria and Roar. I mentioned how much I liked their friendship in THROUGH THE EVER NIGHT, and it deserves another mention in INTO THE STILL BLUE. They have an amazing friendship. Roar is still grieving over the loss of Liv, and Aria tries her best to help both him and Perry accept it. And whenever bad things happen in this book, Roar is likewise there for Aria. I cannot express how happy I am that there’s no love triangle in these books, and that the author developed the firm friendship between Aria and Roar.
Fourth: The rest of the characters! As I said, the author made me FEEL for all her characters, whether they be good or bad. I cared about such characters as Talon, Perry’s brother. And Soren, a Dweller and sort of jerk (if you remember him from the first book). He’s one I was really surprised to like in the end. I was curious about others, such as Sable, leader of the Horns, and Cinder, the boy who is the key to finding the Still Blue. Like the others, Cinder’s come a long way from UNDER THE NEVER SKY.
Overall, INTO THE STILL BLUE made me a very happy reader. I liked 99% of the book, and even the one, tiny part I wasn’t so fond of didn’t detract from my enjoyment in any way. I’m talking about the last chapter, which I personally feel could have been left off. But that’s just my opinion. Everything else was champ, to put it in Perry’s voice. I think fans of the series will be as pleased as I am with the conclusion of such a great story.
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