Author: Veronica Rossi
Series: Under the Never Sky #3
Published by: HarperCollins
Publication Date: January 29, 2014
Source: Publisher via Edelweiss
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.
Veronica Rossi introduced us to captivating characters and fascinating world-building in Under the Never Sky. In Through the Ever Night she stepped up her game and took us on a thrilling ride that was full of heartbreak, deceit, triumph, and love. Finally, she gave us worthy conclusion with Into the Still Blue. While it was sad to see the trilogy come to an end, I can honestly say it has been a fantastic journey! Definitely bittersweet.
It has all been leading up to this, and it rocked! I do have to admit that the second book was my favorite of the three, but Into the Still Blue still walloped quite a punch. There is always the fear that the ending of a series will be a disappointment, but that is not the case with this one. While it seems clear as to where they will end up, the journey they face is no easy feat. It’s full of action, loss, twists and turns.
The characters and their relationships have remained my favorite aspect of this series. Perry and Aria exhibit tremendous growth. They’ve both been great characters from the beginning, so I loved watching them develop into even better versions of themselves. Perry strived to be a good leader to his tribe and keep everyone safe. I especially love the transformation Aria went through, because she was thrust into a completely foreign world, yet adapted and thrived, becoming an admirable female character. They truly have come a long way.
The relationship between Aria and Perry is solid. All too often the romance in fiction is full of clichés, angst, and unnecessary drama, but this one holds strong. Of course, no relationship is without some tribulations, especially while going through what they were, but the way they handled them and grew from them is what makes theirs stand out from most. It is something I would love to see more of not only in YA, but NA and adult novels, as well.
As much as I love a good romantic relationship, a great friendship will usually trump that for me. With Aria and Roar, Rossi has managed to create one of my favorite fictional friendships ever! Hell, Roar alone has cemented himself as one of my favorite male characters. The friendship they share is so pure and lovely; they have a bond and understanding of one another that absolutely beautiful. Not to mention funny. Oh, how Roar cracks me up! In addition to his friendship with Aria, I also appreciate all he went through with Perry. They had their low moments brought on by grief, but it was nice seeing the guys work through their friendship.
Honestly, I think it would be difficult to go into this series and not come out loving at the very least one or two of the characters. Even all of the secondary characters are great, including the bad guys. One that I want to mention is Soren. He has come such a long way from when we meet him in the first book. I found his cockiness very funny, especially when paired with Roar, but he exhibited a lot more depth than I was expecting from him.
So yes, Into the Still Blue gets lots of love from me. In fact, the entire Under the Never Sky series does; it is by far one of the top dystopians out there. And now, it’s time to say good-bye. Excuse me while I go weep in the corner.
Under the Never Sky Series