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January 21, 2014

A Shot of YA: Into The Still Blue by Veronica Rossi

Series: Under The Never Sky 3
Format: eGalley
Release Date: January 28, 2014
Publisher: Harper Collins
Source: Publisher via Edelweiss
Genre: YA Dystopian
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The earth-shattering conclusion to Veronica Rossi's "masterpiece" Under the Never Sky trilogy and sequel to the New York Times bestselling Through the Ever Night (Examiner.com).

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.

In this final book in her stunning Under the Never Sky trilogy, Veronica Rossi raises the stakes to their absolute limit and brings her epic love story to an unforgettable close.

A great ending to a fantastic series.

INTO THE STILL BLUE is the third and final installment to Veronica Rossi's hit Dystopian series, Under The Never Sky. A story where Dwellers and Outsiders live side by side, the former living in a bubble, safe and sound in their artificially manufactured "world", protecting them from the harsh elements of the Outside. While the latter, the savage Outsiders, are left to live and survive a number of perilous conditions, making do with their resources and other capabilities to help their tribes and people live on. Both were living separately until their worlds collide, thanks to Aria and Perry, and the discovery of paradise had both worlds grudgingly work together to start anew in Still Blue. It's been two years since we first met Peregrine and Aria and now it's time for us to wish them well and say goodbye as they forge a new future INTO THE STILL BLUE.

Series finales are tricky because once the last word is written, it's done. The author can no longer "redeem" him/herself through another book (except for Charlaine Harris but that's another conversation). For a fan, bidding farewell to characters and worlds that have become close to our hearts is hard even if the story ended happily. The least the creators can do is give us a good, solid ending where every conflict is resolved, every question answered, the villain dead or punished and the MC's redeemed complete with awe inspiring character growth. I'm sure a lot of you have read meh if not bad series ending, at least you can take comfort that INTO THE STILL BLUE won't be like that (fingers crossed).

I know it's relative to the reader but IMO, VRossi did a good job withINTO THE STILL BLUE . She met all those things I mentioned above plus she sort of "promised" that Aria, Perry and the rest of the characters will move on and be OK. Part of me was still hoping for some corny miracle that Liv is still alive. That didn't happen but at least Sable got what he deserved. That mofo! As for Roar, oh my heart is breaking for him throughout the novel! The man's heart is full of grief, anger, bitterness and resentment because of Liv but like Perry and Aria, I take comfort in knowing that he will eventually be OK. As for Cinder, suffice to say that the boy is a frickin hero!

There are some casualties in INTO THE STILL BLUE and maybe some of them are your second, third or fourth favorite character. It's sad but this story is about war and every battle has martyrs. I didn't mind it, I think it's fitting and would actually find it unrealistic if everyone survived. Aside from a few deaths, there are some significant conflicted relationships that has been somewhat resolved or at least on its way there. It doesn't necessarily fall under the umbrella of a happy ending but it's still a resolution and a believable one at that. I love how VRossi kept it real and didn't try to sell and push a Disney fairytale ending.

Flash review: If you're a fan of the series, don't hesitate to read INTO THE STILL BLUE . Again, VRossi did her series and characters justice. I know some of you may not necessarily agree with some things but overall I think you will be satisfied with how the story is wrapped up. It's not tied with a pretty bow, rather it's concluded in a raw gritty way, very fitting if you ask me.
We all have the potential to do horrible thing, Soren, But we also have the potential to overcome our mistakes. - Aria






32 comments:

  1. I am finishing this up today and I am fully expecting the death of someone. It isn't as spectacular as book two but still solid.

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    1. At least it still ended on a high note for me :)

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  2. Agreed, this was a worthy ending to the trilogy.

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  3. This was indeed a great ending to the series. Excellent review, SW. My review goes up on Thursday.

    Grace

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    1. Off to check out your thoughts so we can compare notes!

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  4. I have book one but never read it, I thought it might be too heavy on the romance but I am thinking while it is certainly character driven that it s worth a look. I love your thoughts on this and I am excited it ended so well.

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    1. It is character driven but not heavy on romance IMO. I think you'll like the contrast of modern and primitive

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  5. I am so happy you enjoyed this, too. Great review, Braine!

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    1. Hi5! I read your review and I know we're both fans.

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  6. I have all these books but have yet to read them...because I am stupid! I need to get to them. happy to see the series is going strong.

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    1. You're not stupid girl! You're just a blogger with barely enough time to read all the good stuff! I hope you get to check this out before the year ends.

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  7. I have the first one but haven't read it yet. I need to!

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  8. I may be the only person alive that just can't get into this series. I've tried and tried... Both reading and listening to an audio... And I'm just so bored I always give up. :( I'm happy to hear you enjoyed it though! This series definitely has a big fan base! :)

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    1. Aww shucks! That's ok, there are other dystopian novels out there that I can't get into myself.

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  9. I've been hearing about this series but haven't read it yet >.<

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    1. Next time you feel the need to read some dystopia, check this one out.

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  10. I just added this series to my wish list, I just found it on audio YAY! For me....lol
    Thank you for reviewing and doing a great job at it :)

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    1. Yay!

      Girl hands down to you, I'm listening to a 4.5 hour audio book and it's been three days and I'm still not done!

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  11. This one is in my to read pile read the other two enjoyed them not typically what a read thought I would try something new.

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    1. This series surprised me too! After Hunger Games I wasn't feeling any dystopia then I tried this and really ended up liking it. I hope you get to read this final volume soon!

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  12. I skimmed because I'm not read for this book yet. Glad you liked it. Love the series!

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  13. I still need to read the 2nd book but I'm really excited to be able to read both in a row and not forget everything. It sounds like it has a pretty great conclusion so that makes me feel pretty confident that I will like it.

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    1. Yes, I think that's a wise idea because book 2 is kinda cliffhanger-y so at least you get instant gratification

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  14. you know... I still haven't tried this series. It's even in French! I'm so behind!!!! I really should try it becase I heard so many great things about it and well I learned it's only a trilogy so, not so many books to read.

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  15. So... I still need to start this series, I even have the first two books, I just haven't had the time.... but it sounds amazing and I really can't wait to fit them in. Great review!

    Teresa @ Readers Live A Thousand Lives

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    1. If you're a series binger, this is something you can dive in and get lost with for the next couple of days. I breezed through the first two books including the novella.

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  16. NOOOO!!! I'm not spoiling ANYTHING! I still haven't found time to read THEN yet damnit! I'm looking forward to this one though!!! :)

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  17. Fast paced and kept me on edge! I love the chemistry between all the characters! This was beautifully written. Def would recommend.
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