By: Veronica Rossi
Published: January 24, 2014 by HarperCollins
Source: Edelweiss ARC from publisher (Thanks!)
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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).MY REVIEW:
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.
Some books you finish and you think "that was good", meaning it was satisfying, the ending left you with a smile. Well that's how I felt after reading this. But honestly, I don't have a whole lot more to say. I wanted this ending to the series to hit hard, ya know? I can't put my finger on it but it didn't WOW me in the same way the earlier two books did.
Book 3 picks up with Cinder, the only link to their safe passage into the Still Blue, being held captive by Sable, the Blood Lord of the Horns and Hess, the dweller who threw Aria out to her death in book one (and the father of Soren). Roar is still angry towards Perry after his return home from trying to rescue Liv, Perry's sister. Perry and Aria are still in love more than ever, especially after being apart, but are having some issues not talking about their feelings over what happened in book two (no spoilers here!). The Tides are still living in a cave trying to figure out their next move as the Aether storms move closer and closer. Soon there will be no where to run from the storms and their food source is quickly dwindling.
Perry decides to take a rescue team with him to save Cinder. Not because he wants to use his ability for his gain, but because he has become like family and Perry feels an obligation towards the boy. But instead of taking his top six fighters he takes a small group with abilities he will need. Aria, Roar, Brooke, Jupiter and Soren. Rescuing Cinder isn't going to be easy with Sable watching everything. "He is shrewd, manipulative, and organized. He is a nightmare. A demon that wears a smile as he sinks his fangs into you."
It seems that through the entire book the group can't ever catch a break. Nothing goes as planned, and they are constantly fighting for something - their life, their friends, their survival. Into the Still Blue is also told from alternating POV's from Aria and Perry so there aren't any gaps in what's going on. The reader isn't left to wonder how one feels because we have insight into both of their thoughts.
Overall, I was satisfied. Not every one makes it, and there is great sadness. But the journey into the Still Blue, will be more than any of them thought it could be.
"We started this together. That's how we're going to finish it."
He was as wild as the fire. As vital as the ocean. His own element.
"What I was trying to say," he whispered, "is that I see you in everything. There isn't a word for you that means enough, because you're everything to me."
Aria loved knowing his thoughts. With every one she learned, she fell for him more deeply. It was the best kind of falling, and she wondered if it would ever end.
Final Rating - 4 stars.
This post is part of the ARC Thursday feature on Words Fueled by Love.