Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Book Review: Into the Still Blue by Veronica Rossi

Book Blurb:
 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.

Rating: 5/5 stars
Author: Veronica Rossi
Series: Under The Never Sky Trilogy #3
Publisher: HarperCollins
Publication date: January 1, 2014

The plot:
Well, as this is the third (and final) book in the series, I'm going to try and keep this as spoiler-free as possible. The plot was very good. It was neat and concise, and it focused on the relationships between the characters in a way I enjoyed very much. There were several twists and it did something that's hard to do: it brought the series to a satisfying, albeit bittersweet, ending that brought the series to an end that remained true to the characters. Like the first two books, Rossi wrote this book in both Aria and Perry's POVs, and she handled it very well and differentiated between the two characters very well.

The characters:
I really enjoyed these characters. Rossi is very good at creating clever, manipulative characters. Aria, Roar, and Perry especially stood out for me. As the main characters, Aria and Perry obviously changed a lot, but Roar's character arc, in this book and the other two as well, was just as dramatic and well written. Rossi has an excellent handle on her characters, changing them drastically, but still keeping them themselves.

The setting:
The setting of the Under The Never Sky Trilogy is amazingly unique. After a catastrophic event involving the Earth's magnetic fields, the sky filled with the Aether, which is basically a churning sea of liquid fire that will descend in storms to ravage the Earth. Most of humanity fled to Pods, giant structures capable of withstanding an Aether storm. Over the course of many years, the few people left on the outside of the Pods gathered into tribes and some of them gained enhanced senses of sight, hearing, or smell. The setting for this trilogy/book is one of the most original dystopian worlds that I've ever read.

I've loved all of the books in the Under The Never Sky Trilogy. It's one of the most unique series I've ever read, and one of my favorites. This final book, Into the Still Blue, is no exception. Rossi took her world and her characters, and gave the series one of the best endings possible. They've won, even though their victory is bittersweet. They've lost and gained people along the way, have been betrayed and found surprising allies. In the end, the very end, Rossi closed this series spectacularly. I can't wait to read whatever she has coming out next.

About the author:
 Veronica Rossi is the author of post-apocalyptic fiction for young adults. Her debut novel, UNDER THE NEVER SKY, is the first in a trilogy. Released in January 2012, it was deemed one of the Best Books of Year by School Library Journal. The second book in the trilogy, THROUGH THE EVER NIGHT, debuted on the NY Times and USA Today Best Seller Lists. The final book in the series, INTO THE STILL BLUE, debuted #6 on the NY Times Best Seller series list in January 2014. Foreign rights to the UNDER THE NEVER SKY trilogy have sold in over twenty-five territories to date.

She completed undergraduate studies at UCLA and then went on to study fine art at the California College of the Arts in San Francisco. She lives in Northern California with her husband and two sons. When not writing, she enjoys reading, painting, and running.

Here's a link to get Into the Still Blue on Amazon.

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