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ARC Review: Into the Still Blue (Under the Never Sky #3) by Veronica Rossi

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ARC Review: Into the Still Blue (Under the Never Sky #3) by Veronica RossiInto 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
Pages: 400
Format: eARC
Source: Edelweiss

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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.





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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.



My Rating

rate 4-half

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Non-Spoiler Quotes I love:

She tried to focus. She might learn something helpful. But the words blew right through her mind; she couldn’t hold on to anything.
— Aria, eARC 86% on Kindle



“I wasn’t worried,” Soren said. “I just felt like hitting somebody when he did.”
— Soren, eARC 89% on Kindle





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About Veronica Rossi

Veronica Rossi

Veronica Rossi is a best selling author of fiction for young adults. Her debut novel, UNDER THE NEVER SKY, was the first in a post-apocalyptic trilogy. Released in January 2012, it was deemed one of the Best Books of Year by School Library Journal. The series appeared in the NY Times and USA Today best seller lists and was published in over 25 foreign markets.

Her second series for young adults will begin with RIDERS (published February 16, 2016), the story of four modern day teens who become incarnations of the four horsemen of the apocalypse, and the prophetic girl who brings them together.

Veronica completed her undergraduate studies at UCLA and then went on to study fine art at the California College of the Arts in San Francisco. She is a lifelong reader and artist. Born in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, she has lived in Mexico, Venezuela, and all over the United States, to finally settle in Northern California with her husband and two sons.

When not writing, Veronica enjoys reading (it’s worth repeating), painting, and running. She does NOT like anything involving numbers, the addition of them, subtraction of them, you name it. They terrify her. Her obsessions generally lead to fictional works. Currently, she’s exploring New York City during the Revolutionary War.

Don’t tread on me. (If you know what that means, then you are my people!)

What else? This is getting more fun, isn’t it?

She–okay, I–am a huge fan of the SF Giants and the Golden State Warriors. I know, I know. Book types and sporty types shouldn’t be one in the same, but what can I say? I’m breaking the mold. Continuing. I have an irrational love of elephants. They make me cry, but it’s the best kind of cry. On other end of the spectrum, I abhor the shrill squeak styrofoam makes when it’s coming out of a box. Just typing that sentence made me want to scream. Needless to say, Christmas is great, but also really tough on me.

It’s probably time to wrap this up. If you’re here, it’s likely because you’ve read one of my books, or because you’re thinking about reading one of my books. Either way, thank you. Writing fulfills me like nothing else and I feel exceedingly fortunate to also call it my profession.