Into the Still Blue by Veronica Rossi
Series: Under the Never Sky #3
Genres: Romance, Science Fiction, Young Adult
Publication date: January 28, 2014
Publisher: Harper Collins
Format: eARC, 400 pages
How I got it: Edelweiss
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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.
“What brought you out here, Aria?” he asked.
She looked up, right into his eyes. “I needed to find you.”
“I know,” he said. “The second I left you, I felt the same way.”
I’ve been waiting for two books for Aria and Perry to make their way Into the Still Blue. The journey hasn’t been easy and there have been losses, but there have also been some pretty amazing moments. This book was no exception. I’ll admit, I was terrified to read this book after that other dystopian series I loved so much (also written by someone with the initials VR) all but ruined my life last fall. I was so afraid this book would do the same. Series enders are hard and I understand that, but at the same time, I didn’t think my heart could take any more tragedy, so I was freaking out a little bit going into this book.
“He’d said when. Even in his beaten condition, he believed in whens and not ifs. She never should have doubted his strength.”
I’m going to be very cautious to not spoil anything for those who haven’t read the book yet. What I will say is that if you loved the first two books, you will love this one just as much. It stayed true to the characters and left me on the edge of my seat as they made their journey. Aria and Perry are absolute perfection. Roar is wonderful. Some of our old favorite characters (and those we didn’t like quite so much) were back and there was plenty of action and drama. For a book with 400 pages, it was a quick and easy read and I was enthralled the entire time. There were some moments that were incredibly difficult to read, but I couldn’t put the book down. I kept going back and forth between wanting to reach the end and never wanting it to end. I just love these characters. I’m really going to miss them.
“What I was trying to say,” he whispered, “is that I see you in everything. There isn’t a word for you that means enough, because you’re everything to me.”
I can’t possibly write this review without touching again on the relationship between Aria and Perry. Is there a relationship in a YA series like this that’s more perfect? These two characters to have come from such drastically different worlds, but they are so well-matched and so believable as a couple. They fit together, each bringing out the best in the other. He made her stronger, she made him more compassionate. Yet, at the same time, they’re not whiny and wishy-washy. They can function without being attached to the other at the hip. It’s not to say they don’t prefer to be together, but they’re both strong enough to stand on their own until they’re together again. Seriously, I just want to hug them both.
You know who else I want to hug? The author. Lady, you are amazing. This will go down in history as one of my favorite YA series. Thank you for sharing this story and these characters with us.
I received a copy of this book from the publisher, via Edelweiss, in exchange for an honest review. All quotes come from the review copy and may differ from the final version.