Book Reviews

Review: Into the Still Blue

StillBlueTitle: Into the Still Blue
Author: Veronica Rossi
Series: Under the Never Sky, #3
Genre: Young Adult – Science Fiction, Dystopian
Publication Information: HarperCollins, 2014

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.

(Summary from Goodreads)

I AM NOT READY FOR THIS SERIES TO BE OVER. This is one of my favorite series ever, and it’s not just because of Roar. The character development, the relationships, and the world building are all fantastic, and this last book was a very satisfying ending.

Even though this was the third book, the character development continued to be fantastic, even with the antagonists. I didn’t like Hess or Sable, but I could understand their motivations: to survive, just like the protagonists. Their methods just made them less likable than Aria, Perry, and Roar. (In Sable’s case, this is probably an understatement.) And with Aria, Perry, and Roar, there was still a lot to be explored with their characters, as they all had to deal with various Things that happen in their lives.

The relationships continued to develop, too. Perry and Roar have a lot to work through after certain Things that happened in the previous book, and it was good to see that it ultimately strengthened their relationship. Aria also has some things to work through that I won’t go into for spoilerish reasons, but it was nice to see how it helped develop her character even more, especially after how much growth we’d already seen from her in the series. The fact that the characters and their relationships with each other still had so far to go in each book made them that much more realistic since humans are constantly growing and changing; it was nice to see this reflected in Rossi’s books.

I loved the world building in these books. The dangers of this world really came to life and played a crucial part in these books, influencing the characters and their decisions in a way I don’t see very often.

I can’t wait to see what Veronica Rossi comes out with next!

Rating: 5/5 Stars

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