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Review: Into the Still Blue by Veronica Rossi

Into the Still BlueTitle: Into the Still Blue

Author: Veronica Rossi

Genre: YA Dystopian

Series: Under the Never Sky (Book 3)

Publication Date: January 28, 2014

Format: Paperback, 392 Pages

ISBN-10: 0062295187 (HarperTeen)

ISBN-13: 978-0062295187 (HarperTeen)

Reviewed by: Kristie

Synopsis:

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.

Quick & Dirty: Satisfying conclusion to a wonderful series.

Opening Sentence: Aria lurched upright, the echo of gunshots ringing in her ears.

Excerpt: Yes

The Review:

Into the Still Blue is the third and final novel in the Under the Never Sky series. ***ALERT – Do not read this unless you have read the other novels in the series***. There is no way to get around spoilers and in order to enjoy this novel you must have read the first two. I recommend rereading the end of Through the Ever Night or at least having it fresh in your head. Into the Still Blue starts off not even a few days after the ending of the second novel and Aria is just waking up after having been shot. Aria’s people and Peregrine’s people are hiding in a cave together but they aren’t exactly taking their time to get to know each other.

Peregrine has been spending his time trying to figure out a plan to get everyone to the Still Blue. Roar, Pere and Aria’s friend, has been keeping an eye on the bad guys, Hess and Sable, and figuring out a way to rescue Cinder. Cinder is everyone’s hope of making it into the Still Blue as he can control the Aether that is destroying the world, even though getting the people through will more than likely be a death sentence for Cinder.

The beginning of this novel was quite action packed and I read much of it with dread for someone’s impending doom. I really felt like this novel couldn’t have much of a happy ending and some of it came out like I thought. They headed out for the Still Blue a little earlier than I would have thought but it worked for the story.

Aria fell a little flat for me in this novel than in the previous two novels, granted she spent much of this novel injured but her arm would miraculously heal itself at times of great importance but then wouldn’t move again afterwards. It felt like there was going to be some great reveal about her arm but there never was. I guess it was just the pure adrenaline of the moments.

Poor Peregrine, I don’t know how he managed to survive all the torture he was put through. Between the character conflict and actual torture, I don’t know how he managed to stay sane. Although I did wonder about my own sanity while reading this novel. Is it so terrible to spend much of the pages thinking they really need to kill that guy? The bad guy was just so devious and hard to fool. I couldn’t wait for him to get his.

Overall, Into the Still Blue was a great novel with a satisfying ending but I still felt like something was missing. I think I would have liked a little more closure than what I got with a certain character but everything else worked out.

Notable Scene:

Perry ran past them, seeing Aria. Then seeing Kirra.

“Stop, Perry!” Kirra yelled. She yanked Aria around.

Perry skidded to a stop as Kirra pressed a gun under Aria’s chin. He was only twenty paces away, but not close enough.

Aria tilted her chin up, her face strained with anger. She was breathing fast, her gaze on Perry but her focus elsewhere.

“Drop the gun, Perry,” Kirra said. “I can’t let you leave. Sable needs—”

Aria rammed her elbow into Kirra’s throat.

She spun away, grabbing Kirra’s arm and twisting it behind her. She forced Kirra down with an arm lock, sending her face smashing to the dirt. Snatching the pistol from the ground, Aria slammed the butt into the back of Kirra’s head. Kirra went limp, knocked unconscious.

Aria jumped to her feet and ran over. “I hate that girl.”

Stunned, impressed, Perry felt his mouth pull into an idiotic grin.

Under the Never Sky Series:

0.5 Roar and Liv

1. Under the Never Sky

2. Through the Ever Night

2.5 Brooke

3. Into the Still Blue

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FTC Advisory: HarperTeen provided me with a copy of Into the Still Blue. No goody bags, sponsorships, “material connections,” or bribes were exchanged for my review.

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    Fantastic end of the series. Rossi builds an elaborate world with very developed characters with wry, funny, emotionally accurate dialogue. The story progresses without an ounce of predictability, and unfurls like an HD panoramic, every corner contains nuance and potential. Which I could read the series for the first time, again. Brava!

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