Early Review: Into the Still Blue by Veronica Rossi
Into the Still Blue by Veronica Rossi
Under the Never Sky #3
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.
While I'm a very romance driven person when it comes to what I enjoy the most in character dynamics, I have to admit that this time around the romance took a back seat to the beautiful friendship Aria and Roar had. In many ways, I felt the connection between them was so much stronger than the romance between Aria and Perry. Don't get me wrong, Roar in no way was "stepping" in on Perry's girl, they just really were as close as possible without romance. They love each other, and at times it was only this bond that could pull the other out of a really bad emotional situation. This was only solidified as Roar was dealing with his massive loss, and my heart broke equally for both Aria and Roar as she was hurting just as much as he was due to seeing his pain. Now I'm not saying that I didn't love Aria and Perry together as I really do, I just think the relationship between Aria and Roar really brought this book over the top for me emotionally as it's just not something you see very often, if ever without a messy love triangle, and I really loved it. Then when you also add in all the other character dynamics, both good and bad, you can't help but be thoroughly impressed and entertained. Definitely one heck of a character based read!
Even though the characters and all the different dynamics are what really makes this series shine, the action and plots are in no way lacking either. This time around everything has really come to a head, from the terrible issues with Sable, to Perry's rocky rule and his people's questioning of his hard choices leading to massive issues, to the warring tribes, the Dweller pods, and the ever increasing Aether issues, I pretty much was on the very edge of my seat this entire book. There were some spots where I just had to stop and take a quick second to ask myself, "Did that really just happen?" Honestly, if I could only choose one word to describe INTO THE STILL BLUE, it would be intense. There's no better word.
Trilogies can be so very very tricky for me. So many start off with a bang, and either suffer from a sophomoric slump, or by the time the final book comes around, it just winds up being a letdown as the conclusion no where near matches the brilliance of the opener. In this case there was no sophomoric slump as Through the Ever Night was even better than the already fantastic first installment. So, that being said, I have to admit that I went into INTO THE STILL BLUE with more than a little trepidation as I was almost waiting for it to let me down as so many other trilogies have. Fortunately while it doesn't quite match the sheer brilliance of intensity and raw emotion in the previous installment (Considering the massive blow dealt in book #2, this isn't surprising.), it was the ending I had hoped for. In fact, the Under the Never Sky has reaffirmed my faith in trilogies, which was no small task. Fans of the series will be more than please with this stellar ending to a much loved series. I can't wait to see what Veronica Rossi has in store next.
(Received a copy from the publisher via Edelweiss)