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Into the Still Blue (Under the Never Sky, #3) – Veronica Rossi (A Review)

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.

OKAY, SO I LOVE THIS SERIES. IT’S GREAT. IT’S WONDERFUL. MUCH MORE THAN I EXPECTED.

I was doubtful to begin this book. I’d heard a few good things about it & that’s about it. It wasn’t hyped up, but it wasn’t hyped down, you know? It was just there. I really wish I read it sooner.

What I love this book is the realism of it all. It doesn’t come easy to them all. People die, people suffer, and they don’t all just magically find their ways out of sticky situations. They try several times to make an escape or to do something, and then BAM nope. It just doesn’t go there way. (Although Perry and Aria always seemed to get weirdly lucky with the aether…sure they nearly got hit and a bit singed – from what I remember of the first couple books). People aren’t just that invincible (well, Perry seemed to actually have a lucky streak at the end, but let’s just ignore that).

I LOVE THE FRIENDSHIPS. I like Perry and Aria together, I really do. BUT ARIA AND ROAR! Their friendship is amazing. It was one of my favourite aspects about that book actually. Like who the hell gives a damn about the romance when you got some killer friendships going on??

The romance wasn’t too much either. Sure, there was a lot of it and the whole “I miss Aria,” and “oh, I miss Perry,” and I just “want to kiss him and touch him,” and all that but Aria and Perry understood that there was more to it all than just them two! WHICH WAS GREAT. How many books are there where the MC’s just throw away what they’ve been working towards – saving the WORLD – because they’ve fallen in love? Perry & Aria didn’t exactly push away their feelings, but they at least got the point that if they stayed caught up in their lovey-dovey romance there wouldn’t be a world for them to be together in.

Bloody hell, I’ve even come to like Soren. He annoyed me a bit, but it was good to see a different perspective – the reality of his disease, and seeing how others coped to being on the outside after living inside their own minds for so long.

I just love this book. Despite being quite short, this book packed a hell of a lot in to it. It was great. Quite fast-paced, action-y, romance-y, friendship-y (you’re spotting a pattern aren’t you?), mystery-y (no, that one doesn’t work as well). JUST KNOW THAT THIS IS A GREAT END TO THIS TRILOGY AND IT WON’T LEAVE YOU DISAPPOINTED.

Sure there’s a few lose ends at the end but they’re not too glaring I don’t think, not when you look at it as a whole.

5 FAT STARS, PEOPLE, 5 FAT STARS.

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Under the Never Sky (Under the Never Sky, #1) – Veronica Rossi (A Review)

WORLDS KEPT THEM APART.

DESTINY BROUGHT THEM TOGETHER.

Aria has lived her whole life in the protected dome of Reverie. Her entire world confined to its spaces, she’s never thought to dream of what lies beyond its doors. So when her mother goes missing, Aria knows her chances of surviving in the outer wasteland long enough to find her are slim.

Then Aria meets an outsider named Perry. He’s searching for someone too. He’s also wild – a savage – but might be her best hope at staying alive.

If they can survive, they are each other’s best hope for finding answers.

I’d heard a lot about this book prior to reading it. I heard it was a dyspoian styled story, where the main character is fighting for her survival out in the wilderness. Now loving Katniss Everdeen and The Hunger Games, I thought I’d also like this book. But I’ve been putting off reading it, new books always finding themselves in to my hands before this one, until one day I just sat down and decided that today was the day I read Under the Never Sky.

I found the whole world a bit confusing. The different “Realms” and the matter of virtual life and real life got a bit confusing, and I struggled to understand how it would all work and why people are so eager to buy into it and accept a virtual world as real. But as the book went on I began to understand more. I can’t deny that it was interesting, but it was frustrating to spend the beginning of the book like ???

The beginning of the book certainly didn’t start of slow. We’re thrown into sudden action, drawing in your attention as you question why, why, why about everything that happens. Once again, these why’s weren’t answered towards the ending of the book. This is understandable as if it was all suddenly revealed at the beginning there wouldn’t have been much mystery at all, but at the same time at points it felt slowly drawn out.

This book is told from both Perry and Aria’s perspectives. This was great since they both come from two different worlds essentially, and we got to see and understand both through them. It also helped to understand the tension between the two different types of people, as we got to see how much hate and wary they are to each other (not that it lasts for long!)

There was some good world-building going on with the different tribes and the different “powers” that people have. I’m looking forward to seeing more of these tribes and tensions play out in the next installment.

I really am kicking myself for not having the next two books on hand so I can binge read this series. But oh well, something to look forward to reading in the New Year!

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