Into the Still Blue by Veronica Rossi
Release Date: January 28th, 2014
HarperCollins, 392 Pages
Source: eARC via Edelweiss (Thanks!)
Sub-genre: Science Fiction/Post Apocalyptic
Age Group: Young Adult
Series: Under the Never Sky #3
Follow up to: Through the Ever Night
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.
Veronica Rossi’s final book in the Under the Never Sky trilogy really hit the mark.
Into the Still Blue picks up right where the second book left off. Aria has taken off with Roar to go to the Horns’ tribe/township to get Liv back (Perry’s sister that was promised to the Horns’ ruthless Blood King, Sable). Things don’t go as planned and Perry is pretty upset with Aria when they return for taking off without telling him.
Roar and Perry are on the rocks for most of the book…mainly because of what happens at Sable’s and for letting Aria go with him on the mission to get Liv. The relationships between the various characters change a lot during the book, but with the amount of character development that Rossi nurtures, it feels organic. Soren, Roar, Aria, Perry, Cinder, and even Brooke, grew up and matured because they were needed by those around them. I really loved how Aria and Perry’s relationship bloomed. It was heartwarming and comforting when there were tense and stressful moments.
The pacing of the storyline was really well done, I can freely admit. Each of the books got the characters to a certain stage in their quest for the Still Blue and this final book’s pace was well executed. There are plenty of twists and turns that will keep you on your toes and your heart racing…especially since Sable is always a few steps ahead, cold and calculating.
I actually really enjoyed the ending of the book/trilogy, even though some parts were sad and others triumphant. Everything was wrapped up nicely, but there is still plenty on which to ponder. I would love to see short stories about how the settlement in the Still Blue progresses or how big the Still Blue really is. Are there more survivors that made it there? If it is a viable landscape, are there others they might run into?
I have always said that I love the overall concept for the entire series. It is unique and incredibly well thought out.
One final note: I love Roar!