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I Belong


Review: Through the Ever Night by Veronica Rossi

Title: Through the Ever Night

Author: Veronica Rossi

Genre: YA Dystopian

Series: Under the Never Sky (Book 2)

Publication Date: January 8, 2013

Format: Hardcover, 352 Pages

ISBN-10: 0062072064 (Harper Teen)

ISBN-13: 978-0062072061 (Harper Teen)

Reviewed by: Kristie

Synopsis:

It’s been months since Aria last saw Perry. Months since Perry was named Blood Lord of the Tides, and Aria was charged with an impossible mission. Now, finally, they are about to be reunited. But their reunion is far from perfect. The Tides don’t take kindly to Aria, a former Dweller. And with the worsening Aether storms threatening the tribe’s precarious existence, Aria begins to fear that leaving Perry behind might be the only way to save them both.

Threatened by false friends, hidden enemies, and powerful temptations, Aria and Perry wonder, Can their love survive through the ever night?

In this second book in her spellbinding Under the Never Sky trilogy, Veronica Rossi combines fantasy and dystopian elements to create a captivating love story as perilous as it is unforgettable.

Quick & Dirty: Excellent follow up to Under the Never Sky with many trials for Aria and Perry’s relationship.

Opening Sentence: Aria was here.

Excerpt: Yes

The Review:

Through the Ever Night starts at exactly the same spot that Under the Never Sky ended but Aria and Peregrine’s reunion is rather short lived when they are forced to travel back to Peregrine’s village. As a former dweller, Aria knows that she will not be accepted by the people of Peregrine’s village. After Aria’s life is threatened she leaves the village and Perry behind to continue on her journey to find the Still Blue. Roar travels with Aria to the north to find the leader Sable. It is believed that he has the knowledge to find the Still Blue and Roar hopes to find Liv somewhere along the way.

Aria and Peregrine spend much of the middle of this novel separated. They both undergo trials into their characters and emotions. Perry has the most problems to work through. He loses a bulk of his tiny tribe and tries to keep the rest happy under his guidance. He has to fight his feelings when it gets under his skin that Aria may have feelings for someone else. And Perry begins to doubt his instincts but follows through even though others don’t like his ideas. Aria learns to trust her instincts even though she knows she can’t always follow through. She is a strong and stable character even when it seems as though she should break down.

The worldbuilding in the Under the Never Sky series still runs strong. The aether is still brutal and the storms are growing ever stronger. Villages and domes are being destroyed equally. It seems so unrealistic that there would ever be a calm enough place where the survivors could live. Dystopians like to kill the optimism in the world even though that is all Aria can hope for if she wants her friends and loved ones to be safe and happy.

This novel, just like the one previous to it, does skip between Aria and Perry’s point of views. Although, sometimes I do wish I knew what Roar was thinking. Under the Never Sky had the feel of an adventure novel with some Romeo & Juliet mixed in while Through the Ever Night has adventure but much of the love story takes a backseat to the drama happening in separate places.

Overall, Through the Ever Night gets Aria and Perry one step closer to finding the Still Blue but first they must rescue people from their pasts, happy reunions and tragic endings fill this novel. I wish that this novel could go back and undue some tragic events but you learn through tragedy and I can’t wait to read what is next in their journey. A huge fight is brewing over the Still Blue, and if it is real, will the survivors get along enough to live together. I’ll have to be patient until next year when Into the Still Blue is released.

Notable Scene:

She knew too well how that felt. Every day since her mother had died, she’d struggled with the idea that she didn’t have anything.

Perry shook his head. “Maybe this won’t make sense, but I feel like the Aether’s the same way. We think we need this . . . this land. This house. This room . . . But it’s not the right way to live. We lost acres last night to fires, and a man I’ve known my entire life almost died. I almost did.”

She closed the space between them in a shot and took his hands, holding on as tight as she could. As tight as she would have if she’d been at the jetty. He let out a slow breath, staring into her eyes, his grip just as tight as hers.

“We lose and lose, but we’re still here. Shaking in place, afraid of doing something. I’m tired of settling for this because I don’t know if something better exists. It has to. What point is there otherwise? I can do something about it now. And I will.”

He blinked, the intensity in his eyes vanishing as he shifted back to the present. He laughed at himself. “That was a lot. Anyway . . .” He lifted an eyebrow. “You’re pretty quiet.”

She wrapped her arms around his waist, hugging him. “Because there isn’t a word for how perfect that was.”

Under the Never Sky Series:

0.5 Roar and Liv

1. Under the Never Sky

2. Through the Ever Night

3. Into the Still Blue (2014)

FTC Advisory: Harper Collins provided me with a copy of Through the Ever Night. No goody bags, sponsorships, “material connections,” or bribes were exchanged for my review.

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