Series: Under the Never Sky #3
Published by Harper Collins on 2014-01-28
Genres: Dystopian, Science Fiction, Young Adult
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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.
“I’m thinking this,” Soren said. “Sable killed Perry’s sister, Perry killed his own brother. I’m dependent on drugs to keep me sane. And we’re the ones who are trying to start over? How are we the best hope for a new world?”
“Because we’re the only ones left,” Aria said. Then she realized she could do better. “We all have the potential to do terrible things, Soren. But we also have the potential to overcome our mistakes. I need to believe that. What point is there otherwise?”
Veronica Rossi does a magnificent job wrapping up her Under the Never Sky series in Into the Still Blue. I didn’t have a clue how she was going to end the series, and I can honestly say that I am thrilled with how she tied everything up.
Things are about as bad as they can be in Into the Still Blue. If they don’t find a way to the Still Blue soon, the Aether storms will kill everyone; or a lack of supplies will. Perry and Aria know that they will either have to outwit Hess and Sable or join them, neither of which have good odds for a positive outcome. Perry has to put aside his own feelings for the good of his tribe, even though it kills him. He refuses to give up on trying to find a way to save Cinder though, the boy who can control the Aether and is instrumental in their crossing to the Still Blue. Sable and Hess may not care if the journey kills Cinder, but Perry does.
Into the Still Blue was one desperate attempt after another of trying to survive, and failing miserably. Perry, Aria, Roar, and Soren throw themselves into situations that there is practically no chance of getting out of because there is nothing else to be done. This ensured lots of action. violence, some torture, and lots of people dying all over the place. This made Into the Still Blue the most thrilling, edge-of-your-seat installment of the entire series.
I absolutely love Perry and Aria’s relationship. She really becomes his anchor, helping him through some ridiculously terrible moments. They talk through things, there isn’t really any unnecessary drama, and they take the good that they can without feeling bad about it. They are really adorable.
With the way Dystopia books are ending these days *COUGH COUGH*ALLEGIANT*COUGHCOUGH* I wasn’t confident that the ending was going to be…happy for all involved.
Perry had told Aria that he’d return, but he made no such promise to Roar now. As the pause stretched out between them, she wondered if Perry had only said what she’s wanted to hear.
“Alright then, brother,” Roar said at last.
They embraced—quickly, firmly—something Aria realized she’d never seen before and never wanted to see again. It made them look scared and breakable, and they weren’t. They were magnificent, both of them.
The last one hundred pages or so are really rough. A lot of crazy stuff goes down, and you feel like you’re in a sprint to the last page. Which, of course, came too quickly. Every book in this series just gets better as you head towards the end, a wonderful way for a trilogy to progress. This is a must-read for fans of YA Dystopia/Post-Apocalyptic.