Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Review: Into the Still Blue by Veronica Rossi

Into the Still Blue by Veronica Rossi
Series: Under the Never Sky #3
Published: January 28th, 2014
Publisher: HarperCollins
400 pages (eARC)
Genre: Young adult post apocalyptic/dystopian/romance
Acquired this book: From the publisher via Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review
Warning: Will contain spoilers if you haven't read Under the Never Sky and Through the Ever Night
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{Read my review of Under the Never Sky || Read my review of Through the Ever Night}

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.

Ohhh, this book. These characters. MY FEELS. I planned to start reading my eARC of Into the Still Blue the minute I downloaded it, but I kept putting it off. I wasn’t ready to say goodbye to Aria, Perry, and Roar. Even now after I’ve finished, it hurts my heart to think that their story is over.

This series started out strong and got stronger as it went. It’s hands-down my favourite dystopian trilogy - great writing, a fresh concept, wonderful characters, swoonworthy romance, beautiful friendships, and plenty of action. With everything that happened at the end of Through the Ever Night, it was easy to guess that Into the Still Blue would be intense, and it was. There’s a lot at stake for the Tides and the Dwellers, and there’s a ton of tension between the two groups and even within the groups themselves.

One of the things I love best about this series, and something that (thankfully) held true in Into the Still Blue, was the relationships. They’re all just incredible beyond words. Aria and Perry, Aria and Roar, Roar and Perry, Perry and Talon…the relationships are beautiful and complex and heartbreaking and frustrating and just perfect. There aren’t many characters I love more than I love Aria, Perry, and Roar, separately and together. They’re one fierce trio, and their interactions had me alternately laughing, crying, swooning, and squeeing.

I’ll admit, I was afraid of how this book would end. Authors are often unkind at the end of trilogies and series, and I was afraid of who Rossi might kill off. I was also afraid of things not being wrapped up properly or really just anything that would leave me with a bad taste in my mouth since I’ve loved this series so much. All my fears were unfounded though, because the ending was perfect. There was some heartache, and the characters had to work hard and go through hell (which is a good thing for the reader - it keeps us reading, right?), but the ending left me teary-eyed in a good way, with a smile on my face.

Action-packed, intense, beautiful, heartbreaking, and satisfying, Into the Still Blue was the perfect ending to one of the best trilogies - dystopian or otherwise - I’ve ever read. I almost feel like I did when I finished reading Harry Potter - sad that I won’t get to see any new adventures with these characters (oh god, here come the tears!), but happy that I got to be part of their lives for the last two years, while knowing that I’ll never forget them. And, like Harry Potter, I know this is a series I’ll revisit again and again. (As a side note, if you know me at all, you’ll know comparing anything to Harry Potter - which I’ve actually never done before - is pretty much the highest compliment I’m capable of giving).  Thank you Veronica Rossi for this incredible, unforgettable story.

*Another side note - I convinced my 73-year-old mum to read this series last year and she gobbled up the first two books in a matter of days. I can't wait to see what she thinks of Into the Still Blue!*

Have you read any of the Under the Never Sky trilogy? What did you think? Who's your favourite character? Which is your favourite book in the trilogy? If you haven't read them (seriously, what are you waiting for? GO!) are they on your TBR? Do you like post-apocalyptic books? Dystopian? Trilogies?


  1. :( I need to read this series... like soon!

  2. So I didn't read a lick of your review but have to say that I'm so glad that you loved this ending! I plan to read this VERY VERY soon, but am so sad that the series has to end. I had major feels for the first two books and just love Perry and Aria so much. Lately it seems like series enders just don't get it right, so I'm really hoping this one does it for me!

  3. I'm grabbing the 2nd and 3rd books in this trilogy next month with some of my birthday money. I totally LOVED the first, but I'm sooo tired of reading things and then forgetting what they're about by the time I get to the end. I plan to re-read the first book and then jump straight into the other two. Really looking forward to that. :)

  4. Sounds like a great read! Adding it to my TBR list...and DONE! :)

  5. This book was amazing. It didn't once get boring or slow and I will definitely be reading it more in the future.
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