Into the Still Blue
Official Stuff –
Author – Veronica Rossi
Pages – 392
Publisher – HarperCollins
Series – Under the Never Sky
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.
Ashley’s Rating – 3 Stars
Into the Still Blue is the third book in the series. This review contains spoilers about the previous books.
Okay, okay, okay. Usually when I get to the third book in a series I start to lose interest. Things become a little too far-fetched and “out there” for my liking. I’m not saying that this didn’t happen with Into the Still Blue, because it did, but I still enjoyed the journey of this series. Again, this book picks up right when the second one leaves off. Perry and Aria, along with some friends and new allies, have rescued Dwellers from the busted pod that Aria lived in. Perry’s nephew is safe and sound, but at the expense of others. People are dead and missing, one in particular is a boy named Cinder. A rival Blood Lord stole him because he can control the Aether, and they need him.
For as long as anyone can remember the Still Blue has been a myth. It’s a part of the earth this isn’t compromised by the aether. The air is clean and the sky is blue, and it’s completely livable. Sigh. They all want it, Dwellers and Outsiders alike. They want it so much that they’ve decided to join together to find it. Only the bad guys with the big guns want to work together while Perry and his little band of misfits are halfway dead and are actually a bunch of teenagers.
Obviously there are some major flaws in the plan, but again…what does Ashley love? CHARACTER GROWTH. It’s really cool to see how different, not just Perry and Aria are, but most of the characters involved. Soren and Roar quickly become my favorite (I also love sarcasm, btw), but I see the most maturity and growth in them and the things they have to overcome.
Of course, this book didn’t quite hold my attention like the second one did. I feel like trilogies often fall flat in the third installment, but maybe it’s just my curse. Some of the storyline gets a little rough and sometimes the alternating POVs get annoying, but it all works out in the end. I mean, maybe it all works out in the end. No spoilers here! So, I can’t really say a lot about this book without giving everything away. Some of it was a little gritty and violent, other parts I could have done without completely, but all in all it was an enjoyable read. Reading about all the different people come together for a united cause was inspiring. They were from different worlds, but they fought for the same thing and I love that. I loved this series, too. But, really…don’t let me read any more post-apocalyptic teen fiction, okay?