The earth-shattering conclusion to Veronica Rossi's "masterpiece" Under the Never Sky trilogy and sequel to the New York Times bestsellingThrough 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.
Hardcover, 400 pages
Expected publication: January 28th 2014 by HarperCollins
Four Stars: A satisfying and thrilling to conclusion to an outstanding trilogy!
Perry, Aria and Roar are in a fight for their lives. The Aether storms are bearing down and getting worse by the day. Time is running out and in order to save the Tides, Perry must go to battle with Hess and Sable to gain the necessary ships to reach the Still Blue. He also needs to recover Cinder as he feels responsible for the boy. Cinder's ability to control the Aether is the only hope they have of getting through the Aether barrier to reach the Still Blue. The question is if they can recover Cinder and defeat Sable and Hess, would they be willing to ask Cinder to put himself in great peril? Can they even reach the Still Blue?
What I Liked:
- Hanging in with a series until the final book is not something I often do as I am always reaching for new titles. However when I do stick with a series until the end, I am relieved when I reach a satisfying conclusion. I am happy to report that I got everything I hoped for with Into the Still Blue. This book was packed with action, danger, and emotion as Perry, Aria and Roar fight to save each other, the Tides and reach the safety of the Still Blue. This book after a roller coaster of emotions, provides a great conclusion that will please fans of the series. No loose strings or unanswered questions.
- Once again, the three main characters shine. Roar, Perry and Aria continue their growth as they struggle with the heavy emotional toll that was handed to them at the end of book two. Roar especially flounders and it was hard to see the way he lashed out at Perry. However, I thought his actions were in line with someone who is suffering through the pangs of grief. I was pleased to see him work through his grief and move forward. Perry continues to strive to be a strong leader to the Tides. He isn't perfect and he must make hard decisions, but he always has the best intentions in mind for those he protects, even if that means putting himself in danger time and time again. He has grown from the rash, young boy we first met into a strong and capable man. Aria has transformed the most. She continues to put her life on the line and do what it takes to help Perry. She is strong, courageous and awesome. How I have grown to love these characters. All the secondary characters are back, and I liked seeing some of them change especially Soren. This is an excellent character driven series.
- The romance between Perry and Aria continues to mature. I like the way the two learn to discuss their differences. They don't always see eye to eye and there are a few times when they argue, but in the end, their love sees them through. This is a romance that took its time to root and then blossom. No insta love or love triangles. I wish that more YA authors would follow Rossi's lead by doing away with the love triangle. I think one of the most outstanding things about this series is the friendship between Roar and Aria. Never once do their feelings stray beyond anything but friendship. I love their strong bond and easy going manner and the way they look after one another. It was refreshing to see a friendship instead of a love triangle. If only more YA authors would write relationships like Aria and Roar's.
- This is an action driven book. From the get go, there is plenty of danger. Rossi doesn't give you much time to breathe in between scenes, the pace is fast and furious until the end. This by far was the most action packed book of the series. I liked that this one kept moving!
- I was most pleased to reach the end and feel satisfied. Yes, there were a few losses along the way and some more heartache, but also a couple of pleasant surprises. I was excited that I got the answers to almost all of my lingering questions and that the ending didn't leave me wondering. I can easily close the book and say goodbye, though with a sense of sadness, and feel happy that I got everything I hoped for.
And The Not So Much:
- Even though I was pleased with this book, I thought it lacked a bit compared to the brilliance of book two. It isn't often that book two is the shining star of the series, but in this case, book three paled a little bit in comparison. I think mostly because it was all about the battle of getting to the Still Blue and there weren't any thrilling additional story lines. This stays focused on the main plot. There were a couple of surprises, but mostly you had a clear idea as to what was going to happen, so it was a bit disappointing in the fact that there wasn't anything exciting and new in this one.
- I felt that by not including more about Roar and Liv in the main three books it hurt the overall story line. Yes, I know there is a novella all about Roar and Liv, but I think not having more about Liv in the books makes them less impactful. I think this was a big, important part of the overall story arc and to have it pulled out into a novella is a bad decision. There are still many readers out there without access to e readers and currently the novella is only in ebook format. Thus, a big portion of the story is not available to everyone. I am not a fan of all these ebook novellas, especially when valuable and important information is kept from the main story.
- The whole storyline with Cinder was predictable. I think it was apparent from the second book what was going to happen so I was not the least bit surprised. I was a bit taken back though in the way it happened. I felt a little cheated that there wasn't more to it. It failed to pack an emotional punch.
- I was curious as to what happened with the Dwellers that were rescued from Reverie. Did they end up going to the Still Blue or did they stay in the cave? It wasn't clear what their final fate was. I also wanted to know why Jupiter just fell out of the picture, I thought he was going to play a big role and then he just vanishes.
- Even though I liked the fast pace of the book and the story, I did grow just a tiny bit bored with this one. As I mentioned, this book is almost entirely focused on getting to the Still Blue. There is plenty of action and danger, but I was hoping for more plot twists and surprises and I didn't feel like it delivered. Book two is packed with jaw dropping shocks, so this one fizzles in comparison. I think after reading Through the Ever Night that Rossi set the bar impossibly high, and in comparison this one just doesn't quite measure up. Not that this is a bad book at all, it isn't. It is a solid, well written book, but I wanted to be dazzled, and I was just satisfied. Still I think most fans of the series will be happy with the conclusion.
Into the Still Blue concludes one of the best dystopian series to date. These books have a terrific storyline, outstanding characters and a realistic romance. I was most impressed with Rossi's debut trilogy, and I highly recommend these books to anyone looking for the next great dystopian trilogy. Though this book isn't quite as impressive as book two, it still delivers a satisfying conclusion that I am certain most fans will appreciate. I can say that I will definitely be reading anything else Ms. Rossi writes. My hope is that she will do a spin off series featuring Roar.
"But when had fear ever been rational?"
"He loved her---down to his soul---and he was going to tell her sometime."
"Maybe his grief was like her wounded arm. Slowly healing. Gradually becoming less consuming as life delivered other worries and other joys. Other sources of pain and happiness. She wanted that for him. More life. More happiness."
"We all have the potential to do terrible things, Soren. But we also have the potential to overcome our mistakes."
I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own and I was not compensated for this review.