ARC Review: Into the Still Blue (Under the Never Sky #3) by Veronica Rossi
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Into the Still Blue by Veronica Rossi
Series: Under the Never Sky #3
Published by: Harper Collins on 1/28/2014
Genres: Dystopian, Science Fiction, YA
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About the Book:
The earth-shattering conclusion to Veronica Rossi's "masterpiece" Under the Never Sky trilogy and sequel to the New York Times bestselling Through the Ever Night (Examiner.com).
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.
In this final book in her stunning Under the Never Sky trilogy, Veronica Rossi raises the stakes to their absolute limit and brings her epic love story to an unforgettable close.
Into the Still Blue (ItSB) is a sometimes slow, yet very satisfying, thrilling, and emotional FEEL good conclusion to the Under the Never Sky Trilogy! Being that ItSB was one of my top five most anticipated reads for 2014, I was nervous diving in. Fears aside, I was thrilled to be catching up with these wonderful characters. Though I feel these books became less integrated with science fiction over the course of the series and more focused on the dystopian and romantic aspects, I don’t think I could have asked for a more satisfying conclusion. Less jaw dropping than its predecessors, the novel still captivated me until the very last sentence.
Into the Still Blue begins immediately where Through the Ever Night (TtEN) ends. Aria and Perry are reeling from the loss of their homes. As expected both are feeling immense guilt – for different and sometimes the same reasons – over the events that happened in TtEN. There seems to be a divide among them and lingering things left unsaid as they try to come to terms with the loss of Liv, Roar’s behavior, and Cinder’s kidnapping. So over the course of the first have of the novel, the two slowly begin to rebuild what was taken while they make a dangerous plan to get Cinder away from Hess. One that involves trusting someone that might very well stab them in the back. Literally.
What I adored most about ItSB is the dynamic relationships between all of the characters. The first bit of the story was a little slow for my taste but the characters (Roar!) kept the book alive and me reading. Rossi has an amazing talent for crafting characters that feel like real people. When I hated someone, I truly hated them. And when I swooned over Roar, I was literally fanning myself. I also appreciated how genuine the friendship was between Roar and Aria. No love triangle, thank goodness! They cared for one another in a way that melted my heart. I loved them all and hate that their story is over. Even the side characters vaulted from the pages dying to be heard. The journey they went on together, the connections and lasting friendships that were made, will be missed.
Overall, Into the Still Blue is about the characters. It’s about the relationships, emotions, love and loss. While the conclusion is great, I do think the ending wrapped everything up a little too nicely and the BIG fight scene could have used a little bit more…well fight. However, I am not disappointed and can picture myself re-reading the trilogy at some point. It will definitely earn a spot on my favorites shelf forever.
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