Monday, April 7, 2014

Review: Into the Still Blue by Veronica Rossi

Into the Still Blue (Under the Never Sky #3) by Veronica Rossi
Rating: 4 Stars
Source: Library
Buy the Book: Amazon
Summary: "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.

Within the confines of a cave they're using as a makeshift refuge, they struggle to reconcile their people, Dwellers and Outsiders, who are united only in their hatred of their desperate situation. Meanwhile, time is running out to rescue Cinder, who was abducted by Hess and Sable for his unique abilities. Then Roar arrives in a grief-stricken fury, endangering all with his need for revenge.

Out of options, Perry and Aria assemble an unlikely team for an impossible rescue mission. 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 earth-shattering 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: Under the Never Sky reminded me why I liked dystopias so much.  Impressively, Through the Ever Night improved on its already phenomenal predecessor.  And Into the Still Blue, the much awaited finale to this series, was not quite the caliber of the second book, but was still a solid and satisfactory conclusion.

Into the Still Blue picks up right where Through the Ever Night left off.  Roar is hurting, Perry is conflicted, Aria is injured, and Soren is acerbic.  When thrown together, fireworks tend to go off.  Aria really is the glue in this story.  Her presence, background, and understanding are critical to helping such different people work together.  I loved getting into her head once again.  Aria is smart and caring and decisive, and she makes a great heroine.

I really liked reading the scenes featuring both Sable and Hess.  It was like they were both trying to convince the other characters that they were the baddest bad guy.  What ended up playing out between them was kind of predictable, but still entertaining.

I loved the relationship between Aria and Roar.  I had predicted that they were half siblings back in book 1, and while a part of me was disappointed that I was wrong, I was nevertheless happy to read about a platonic relationship between a girl and a boy that really was just that: platonic.  They cared for each other and watched out for each other, and just simply enjoyed a happy and healthy friendship.  

The plot was engaging and carefully thought-out, though I wished for a few more surprises along the way.  Rossi writes one heck of a adventure, but the twists and turns that were so deliciously present in the first two books weren't quite as abundant here.  I thought the ending was a little bit anticlimactic after such exciting build up.  It was still a captivating read, though, and a suitable and thrilling ending to an exhilarating series.  

I highly recommend this series to dystopia fans!  If you liked The Hunger Games and Divergent, then series is definitely worth the read.  (And this ending, though maybe not precisely perfect, is a thousand times better than the last book in either of those series'.)

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