Thursday, February 6, 2014

Into the Still Blue by Veronica Rossi

Into the Still Blue (Under the Never Sky, #3)* * * *    

The earth-shattering conclusion to Veronica Rossi's "masterpiece" Under the Never Sky trilogy and sequel to the New York Times bestsellingThrough the Ever Night (

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.


SPOILER ALERT – This review might be slightly spoilery if you haven’t read Under the Never Sky and Through the Ever Night.

When Roar returns to the Tides without Cinder, Perry knows that he must take a team to rescue him at any cost.  Cinder is one of them and Perry will not leave him to die.  Leaving the Six behind, Perry heads to Sable and Hess’s camp with a misfit group consisting of both Outsiders and Dwellers.  A group that he hopes will be able to help infiltrate the camp and bring Cinder home safely.   But when Roar’s anger and despair over Liv’s death impairs the mission, Perry, Aria, Roar and Soren must fight to not only save Cinder but to also escape the clutches of Sable and Hess.  And in all this mess, Perry ALSO has to find a way to transport his tribe to the Still Blue before they are all destroyed in the Aether storms that are worsening by the day.

You all know how I feel about the characters in this series.  They are amazing.  Even with their setbacks, they keep getting stronger and stronger.  Perry is fully respected by the Tides now.  The majority will follow him to the ends of the earth.  Their loyalty was hard won and Perry doesn’t take any of it for granted.  Aria is becoming a leader in her own right; a leader of the Dwellers that were rescued from Reverie and a naturally appointed diplomat between the Tides and the survivors of Reverie.

There isn’t much more I can say without spoiling the ending to this great trilogy.  What I can tell you is that this series affected me in much the same way as Diana Gabaldon’s Outlander series.  In both books there is so much action; so much movement and conflict that I completely lose my breath.  I’m both appalled and envious of the sheer amount of physical endurance and exertion that these people need (and have) to live their lives.

Again, if you are a lover of dystopian, sci-fi and fantasy, these books are a must-read.


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