Thursday, October 16, 2014

Review: Into the Still Blue (Under the Never Sky #3) by Veronica Rossi

Release Date: January 28, 2014
Publisher: HarperCollins
Source: Library Copy
Author Links: Goodreads | Website | Twitter

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.

This may not be one of the hottest YA titles out there right now, but it's certainly well-written and interesting.
Into The Still Blue is the conclusion to the Under the Never Sky trilogy, and it doesn't disappoint.
Perry and Aria have brought the remaining Dwellers and the Tides tribe together, but they now have to fight Sable and Hess for a chance to enter the Still Blue.

If you haven't read these yet, the premise is that (at some point) Earth's environment went nuts, and Aether storms made the outside world uninhabitable. Dwellers (like Aria) are people whose ancestors were selected by a lottery, and brought into Pods to live. Most of their lives have been spent in a virtual reality-like world called The Realm, due to lack of actual moving around space.
Outsiders (like Perry) are the remnants of the people left behind to face the harsh conditions of the...well outside. They have adapted somewhat, and some of them have mutations that give them to have extra senses (heightened hearing, ability to tell what people are feeling, etc.).
Perry and Aria met in book one, fell in love (eventually), and uncovered a conspiracy that has led them to this point in the book.
I mean, there's lots more to it, but that's the short version.

This one starts off with Aria waking up to a damaged arm from the previous book's ending. She, and a ragtag group of survivors from the Pod, must team up with Perry's Outsiders to try and rescue Cinder from Hess and Sable. They intend to use Cinder's power to try and open a hole in the Aether, and escape to the Still Blue, leaving Perry's tribe an Aria's friends trapped with the killer storms.
But with Roar still reeling from the death of his true love (and Perry's sister), his feelings about Sable (who killed her) may endanger the mission.
Dum, dum, dum...

This is a pretty darn good little dystopian trilogy.
Especially if you're looking for a young adult title that doesn't do the insta-love, and steers clear of the romance taking full control of the story. It's got a great love story, but it's a slow-burn kinds thing.
The ending is quite satisfying. Not everyone survives, but it won't make you want to throw the book across the room, either.
I'm not saying it's a must-read, but it's definitely something I'd recommend to fans of the genre.


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