Jun 5, 2014

Review--Into the Still Blue by Veronica Rossi

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.

SPOILER WARNING: There will be spoilers from the previous books, so read at your own risk if not up to date.

Veronica Rossi's Into the Still Blue is the conclusion to her thrilling Under the Never Sky trilogy! I don't know why I never read this one right away, but the upside was that I got to read this trilogy pretty much back to back, which is always awesome!

I love how things just pick up where we left them. Very little time has passed, so it's like we don't miss anything upon returning. I struggled with this series at first with the world-building, but as time moved on, I did grow accustom to things. The ways of their world made sense, although I am still not 100% clear on what happened to the world to make it so "dystopic", but oh well!

Perry and Aria want the best for their "communities" after the shocking events of Through the Ever Night, Aria's Dwellers and Perry's Outsiders are now living together in a cave. You can imagine how tense that makes things, especially since the two groups haven't exactly been friends in years past. But Perry and Aria are determined to get them through the worst of things and move onto survival. And that lies in the Still Blue, but Hess and Sable are already a step ahead of them and they have Cinder, the key to opening up the passage to the Still Blue. They're going to have to work together with their friends, Dweller and Outsider in order to succeed in their mission.

I was surprised with this one, things were just surprising! Roar, still devastated by Liv's death and you could see it in his actions and mannerisms. It causes a great rift between him and Perry. Things are just incredibly intense in this one. Perry, Aria, Roar and Soren all go to try to rescue Cinder but end up prisoners themselves. For a long time, I was wondering how Perry and crew were going to get themselves out of this mess. Sable is one rotten tomato in the bunch. He's so uncaring, it's sickening!

The pacing to this one was delightful! It's rather well paced in fact! The action is balanced well with the quieter moments where we get some character development going. Soren was one that surprised me. From his rather disgusting display in the first book, I didn't think I would take to his character. He came through for a moment in Through the Ever Night and he continues to grow as a character in Into the Still Blue. He's no longer someone you loathe, in fact I found myself aching for more page time with him!

We had a bit of romance between Perry and Aria, which was nice. There's a lot going on, so I'm glad the story doesn't focus on these two needing to be together all the time. It makes the alone time they get all the more precious. The romance between them is still sweet, and yes romantic. There's quite a lot more depth between them then I expected for such a fast happening romance, but I liked it!

The ending to this series was awesome! And shocking, oh so shocking! At one point I was thinking, Veronica could not have just gone there! But she did! And she didn't! Yeah, vagueness but I'm not going to spoil things for you! There was a lot of hardship and loss in this book, but the ending leaves you feeling hopeful and content.

If you're looking for an exciting dystopian series, then look no further than Veronica Rossi! It was awesome!

Overall Rating 4.5/5 stars--I just wished we could know more about the ending and where the characters will stand, sometimes those hopeful endings still leave you wanting more!


  1. I completely agree with all your review. The action along with the quiet moments were balanced.. the romance wasn't overpowering and perry and aria can actually be away from each other without it being a dramatic thing. I loved the pacing too and how we jump right into the action.. and Roar.. oh poor Roar :( perfect ending to this fantastic trilogy and great review!

    - Juhina @ Maji Bookshelf

  2. I didn't read the review, because of the spoilers. However, once I read the other books in the series I will come and read this!


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