Book Review: Into The Still Blue

Into The Still Blue CoverBook: Into The Still Blue by Veronica Rossi

Published January 2014 b HarperCollins|Pages: 282

Where I Got It: Nook store

Series: Under The Never Sky #3

Genre: YA Dystopic Fantasy

You can find Into The Still Blue on goodreads & Veronica Rossi on TwitterFacebook and her website

Goodreads Summary: 

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.

What I Thought:

Into The Still Blue is a pretty solid ending to this series.  Like the previous two books in the series, Into The Still Blue started off fairly slow, but before I knew it, I couldn’t wait to see what happened next.  There’s definitely a lot of action, and it felt like it was non-stop.

So: Cinder comes to mind immediately.  Poor Cinder!  He’s a great character, and I wish his particular story had something more to it.  Especially with how things turned out for him in the end.  I did like that we learned a little more about the Aether and that we get a little more of Cinder’s story.

And we do meet Aria’s father!  It wasn’t who I was expecting, and I figured if we did meet him, it would be someone we didn’t know.  I’m still not sure what to think about it, and I wasn’t completely happy with it.  It still felt a bit too random to me, especially since there wasn’t a lot of interaction between them.

As for Roar, Perry and Aria: I really liked seeing how they were dealing with everything that happened in Through The Ever Night.  Especially Roar and Perry, and how things have changed for them.  I just love the relationships between them, and how Aria and Roar are such great friends, and how Roar and Perry have their issues after losing someone close to them, but still work them out, and how I’m still not sure how I feel about Perry and Aria.  They just never clicked as a couple for me.  Overall, I wasn’t taken away with the romance, and found them trying to survive in such a difficult world to be much more interesting than anything else.

I will say that I love Perry and Cinder as friends, and Perry really was there for Cinder.  All of the Still Blue stuff wasn’t what I was expected, and after all of the build-up towards getting to the Still Blue…it wasn’t as awesome as I was expected.  I think it’s a case of too much build-up that didn’t quite pay off.  At least, it really wasn’t there for me.  I did like the name of the city, though…

Let’s Rate It:

Into The Still Blue did wrap up all of the loose ends, even if I didn’t particularly like how certain things were tied up. There’s a lot of action once things get going.  I really liked it, but things also had me going, “that’s it?” I definitely expected the Still Blue to be a lot different, and I felt a little let down after all of the build-up.  Which is why Into The Still Blue gets 4 stars.

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