Author: Veronica Rossi
Series: (Under the Never Sky #3)
Published: January 28th 2014
Categories: Post Apocalyptic, Science Fiction, Young Adult
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Synopsis: 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.
Review: In spite my optimism, worry still lingered within me. After reading finales that were unfortunately half-baked and sort of lackluster, worry is like a natural feeling to have. I can’t carelessly exclude my favorite series. So I couldn’t properly describe on how relieved, satisfied and very happy I was that Into the Still Blue by Veronica Rossi has a very solid conclusion. I loved it. It wasn’t perfect but those imperfections are what made me loved this series even more.
Ms. Rossi successfully created well-fleshed out characters. Aria, Perry and even Roar (of course I need to include him, he’s one my favorite) and their entire journey made them who they are. I remembered Aria being this clumsy, naive girl who didn’t know the harsh environment outside. How she was almost blindly leading herself out there. And now, how she pulled herself together and has a strong sense of who she is that made me so proud of her growth. But at the same time, I still saw this guileless girl from time to time. I just, I really liked how their development effectively incorporated in the story.
I have conflicting feelings toward Perry. I understand his position and the weight of it on him. But he was so detached here and almost offered not a single emotions happening on them, particularly on what had happened to Liv and how it greatly affected Roar. I get that he needed to look invulnerable to his people but I just wished that when just them he showed that he cares. Sometimes, it is not enough that you feel about it; you need to show it, too. So I really liked the part where Roar and he talked and told him what he really felt. And what was really going on with him. I liked that they came to an understanding. I really like their friendship. He, Perry, and even Aria. I really felt how solid their bond and how they care for one another.
Conclusions tend to be very dramatic, explosive even, because understandably it is the ending. There so much of that here but is it strange that those low moments were the ones I really liked. For instance, the moment between Aria and Loran. It was nice, heartfelt moment for me. It’s like completing a puzzle, being Aria’s life as the puzzle and pieces that was put together by Loran. And when Loran did something, just a tiny gesture for her, it made me, I don’t know, happy I guess.
I don’t have much to say than I loved it. I really enjoyed every piece of story that was weaved together. What I liked about the ending is that it doesn’t sound like the last. It’s like their lives will continue and now without us knowing. It was one of those endings that doesn’t have to be over stylized to leave an impact. I mean look at this, when I reached the last page and read Aria’s words, I really feel what she felt that time. And what she said is in fact really true. So whatever happens it is now their home.
I received an advance copy from HarperCollins via Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review. Thank you.
Preview Quote: “She watched him blow the flames to life, sonsumed by him. He was wild as the fire. As vital as the ocean. His own element.” (from Uncorrected Digital Galley)