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Saturday, May 9, 2015
Into the Still Blue (Under the Never Sky, #3)
Veronica Rossi
Publisher: HarperCollins
Release Date: January 28, 2014
Source: Purchased
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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.

Into the Still Blue was an incredible, exemplary close to the Under the Never Sky series. It was lovely, heartbreaking, and pretty much perfect. There’s not much to complain about. With a stellar cast of characters, a gorgeous setting, and a plot that bends and twists at will, it’s a beautiful story of love and loss, and new beginnings.

I love Aria. She’s brave, but not foolish. She’s a badass young woman who knows how to fight, but she has her weaknesses too. She doesn’t like to let other people see them, but they’re there, and they make her more real. Aria is soft on some points, but very hard on others. She’s a balanced character who goes through a lot of growth in this novel.

Perry is a sexy, sexy man who also happens to be an excellent leader. He’s strong enough to support his people, but not without making his own mistakes. He doesn’t depend on Aria like she wants him to, and tries to take on everything himself. So, he’s not perfect, but who is? He’s independent and makes his own decisions.

Roar is my favorite character, and he goes through a lot in this book. Liv is gone, and that tears away at him every day. It causes him to act rashly sometimes, and make mistakes he would otherwise know better than to do. Still, he’s someone Aria and Perry both need, and he learns to be himself again, maybe not perfect, but better.
No character in this book makes a bigger arc than Soren does, I think. He’s kind of a wild card, but he proves himself to be loyal—at least for a great deal of the story. He’s never quite what’s expected, but he comes through when it counts. Still, this doesn’t mean he doesn’t have his moments when he wavers.
I adore Brooke. She’s a strong, independent woman who knows what she needs to do and she’s not afraid to do it. We see her continue her strong character arc continued from her own story.

This story is the most important one of the series, and it tells the story of finding the Still Blue and making a home there. But there’s no shortage of obstacles on the way. It’s difficult at times, and not everyone survives. It’s bittersweet and there a tears shed, but no story, no real story, is all happiness.

It’s a deliciously complex story that twists and turns, never letting the reader relax for too long. Just when you think everything’s about to fall into place, something unexpected happens that takes the book in a whole different direction.

The story stays true to its dystopian roots, not becoming too much of a romance or anything else. It’s a truly heartwrenching book that’s never what you expect it to be, and yet is always perfect. I cried, and I laughed, and when it was over I hugged the book to my chest and smiled because it was truly perfect.

The romance in this book was perfect. Not too overbearing, but still definitely there and a main part of the story. Aria and Perry, despite loving each other and being together for some time now, still have their share of obstacles to overcome, just like any real couple in love. It’s not all rainbows for them, but together they learn to overcome their differences so that they can really be together.

Veronica has some of the most beautiful writing I’ve ever read, and her world-building is peerless. I swear I can see the aether on the horizon.  Aria and Perry both have unique voices, and even if the book had been without titles headers it’s always easy to understand whose eyes we are seeing the story through.

The ending of this book was perfect. It was the perfect balance of romantic and not. It’s sweet, without being at all cliché. I loved the note the novel closed on—it was the sweetest way it could have ended, and yet not so perfect that it’s unbelievable. There’s definitely still some obstacles to overcome, but the main ones are gone.

I couldn’t have asked for more from this book. It’s nearly flawless as is, and delivers the perfect ending to a much-loved series. I’ll definitely be picking up future books from Veronica—I don’t see how I couldn’t. As bittersweet as it is to see this series come to a close, it opens up the doors for future releases that are sure to be just as amazing.

*****FINAL RATING: 4.70 RED ROSES*****



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