Into the Still Blue (Under the Never Sky 3) by Veronica Rossi
Into the Still Blue (Under the Never Sky 3)
By: Veronica Rossi
Release Date: January 28, 2014
Rating: 4 stars
|Summary: 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: SO many conclusions of trilogies have left me disappointed at the end, but worry not, this book wasn’t one of them. I will say I wasn’t crazy about all the drama in the beginning, and I was a bit disappointed about what happened with HIM at the end. But I’ll give it 4 stars.
The beginning kind of annoyed the hell out of me. I felt Roar’s pain – although I kind of wished he wasn’t such a jackass right from the start – but I understand there is just other way to portray that kind of grief. But I just dreaded what was to come because I just knew such raw emotion wasn’t going to lead to good things. However, I was so angry with Perry. I understand doing what you think is best for your people, but gah, at least behind closed doors, yell or hit something. I mean, we got to see from his point of view, and his character was just unnaturally calm. I just felt it was cowardly of him not to face Roar and Aria and everything else (of course, that’s the point of his character development, but that’s beside the point – it still frustrated me, LOL).
I would have easily given the majority of the book five stars. Was it totally mind-blowing? Probably not. But it was one hell of a third book. There was plenty of action. There was a lot of planning and plotting. There were scenes that you saw coming, and others that you did not. People left you guessing which side they were really on. And you kept wondering if something that happened REALLY happened or if it was a front, and it was going to turn around and blow you away. Really, the book wasn’t totally unpredictable, but the pace kept your interest, and really, it was the anticipation of what was going to happen next – that was what really sucked you in.
My biggest complaint was the end. No, it wasn’t one of those endings that left you totally pissed off at the book – ahem, Delirium – ahem, Hunger Games. Nope, I guess I was fine with the way it ended. It was just what happened with HIM. I didn’t feel that Rossi did much justice to it – everything that had led up to that point – it just felt kind of anticlimactic that you’re left wondering, “What? That’s it? But, but…” It was still good enough to where it didn’t totally ruin the book for me, but still.
Overall, this is probably one of the best conclusions that I have read in a while, especially since everything is a series now, and the authors (or publisher) drag the story out so long that you’re just ready for the series to end, and the last book is just a lame attempt to tie together lose ends. But this one was quite “earth-shattering” mostly because of Roar. Regardless of what you thought about annoying characters or why something was done, I don’t think this book is going to disappoint many.