5 out of 5 Robots!
Author: Veronica Rossi
Series: Under the Never Sky #3
Genre: Young Adult - Dystopia
Release Date: January 28, 2014
Hardcover: 400 Pages
My Copy: Edelweiss
Reviewer: Julia & Shannon
Buy this Book: Amazon
Book Summary: 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.
Julia & Shannon:
Into the Still View Review!
1. Describe how Into the Still Blue made you feel in 140 characters or less!
Shannon: I felt elated, heartbroken, but ultimately content.
Julia: Completely satisfied! Into the Still Blue is a perfect, action-packed, heart-wrenching conclusion to the trilogy!
2. Did the conclusion of the awesomeness that is the UNDER THE NEVER SKY trilogy live up to your expectations? Why or Why Not?
Shannon: Yes, it did. I felt this series was strong from start to finish. You don't always get that. Sometimes series start off ok and then pick up steam. But I loved each and every book in this series. This book was no exception. I loved the character growth and Aria and Perry FINALLY get to spend time together.
Julia: You bet it did. Every book in this trilogy is compelling and has the strength to keep the reader engaged until the very last page. The characters evolve from book to book and it is exciting to see everyone's relationships grow in Into the Still Blue. Into the Still Blue's ending isn't cliche, people died, they have a new beginning and there is just enough left open where I can let my imagination run wild about their future.
3. Which character could you most relate to? Which character couldn't you relate to?
Shannon: I don't know if I can relate to him per se, but I love Perry. So much. Possibly an inappropriate amount, haha. But I also love everyone else, especially Roar! How can you not love Roar? Honestly, there wasn't really a character that annoyed me. Well, actually, I take that back I really don't like Kirra. I was glad when she got a beat down.
The one thing that I absolutely love about these books are the relationships. I love that Rossi gives Aria and Roar a very close, but PLATONIC friendship. But more than that, I love that she doesn't make Perry jealous of it. Also, with the exception of a few moment of doubt in the second book, she doesn't spend time pushing and pulling Aria and Perry away from their relationship. Their problems are realistic ones in the sense that you have two people coming from two completely separate worlds and having their own agendas. Things are bound to be messy sometimes. This is a minor spoiler alert from the second book, but I was sure Rossi was going to create a love triangle between Perry, Aria and Kirra. It was Aria and Perry's low point and they were struggling with doubt and misunderstandings. But right when I thought I was going to have to throw the book across the room, Perry gets his head right and does the right thing. And that determination and devotion carries over to this book. You never get the sense that they will walk away from each other, but it isn't just all starshine love, it is hard earned love.
Julia: I think I could relate most to Roar. He is hilarious and he deals with his grief by getting angry and pushing those he loves away. I was so happy that Rossi didn't give him his perfect ending. I mean, that's just not how life always ends up. I love when characters have obstacles to overcome and when things aren't always easy for them. Roar grows a LOT from book 1 to 3, and then he has to overcome his grief for his tribe. LOVE IT.
I really disliked Kirra. She is pushy and the character is just written so that you dislike her. I just kept waiting for someone to kill her because she never really played a big role in Into the Still Blue, yet she kept showing up. I'm glad that Rossi kept these villains as villains instead of making us empathize with them. (I'm also referring to Sable.)
4. Was there anything that frustrated you about this ending?
Shannon: You know what I'm going to say. There were two small things. One was there was a lot of repetition in the action. Like, they get away, then get surrounded, then escape, but get caught, then sneak away, but then go back. After awhile, you really had to wonder why they weren't figure things out. Secondly, I wanted more resolution with Cinder. There was this huge lead up, but then not a lot time spent on it.
Julia: Absolutely not. I love that there were some characters that died and stayed dead. There are so many battles that it just made sense. I did find it laughable though that they kept sneaking in, getting surrounded and escaping. Over, and over. Who gets surrounded THAT many times? I'm with Shannon, the action was great, but the author needed to switch it up a little bit about the initial confrontation.
5. Did any part of the story surprise you?
Shannon: How many times they could escape, then get caught? LOL. I was a little surprised the body count wasn't higher, but glad it wasn't!
Julia: I'm very surprised about how Cinder's story ends. And maybe Roar's ending. I thought for sure they'd be tied up in a neat little bow and handed to us. Not the case, which I love! Pleasant surprise! Also, I was a little surprised about someone who comes into Aria's life, though I guess I shouldn't have been. I love (good) surprises!
6. Who would you recommend this trilogy/book to?
Shannon: Dystopian fans. But also fantasy fans. While this book has dystopian, sci-fi elements, there are a lot of fantasy elements too.
Julia: Fantasy and Dystopian junkies can rejoice, Veronica Rossi nailed it with this Into the Still Blue! If you already love this series you're going to be thrilled with Into the Still Blue and if you haven't started yet, what are you waiting for!? Go buy Under the Never Sky now!
Other books in this series:
.5 Roar & Liv - October 30, 2012
1. Under the Never Sky - February 7, 2012
2. Through the Ever Night - January 8, 2013
2.5 Brooke - November 26, 2013
3. Into the Still Blue - January 28, 2014