ARC Review: Into the Still Blue by Veronica Rossi

ARC Review: Into the Still Blue by Veronica Rossi
Into the Still Blue
Under the Never Sky #3
by Veronica Rossi

Genres: Adventure, Dystopia, Post-Apocalyptic, Young Adult
Publication date: January 28th, 2014
by Harperteen

Format: eARC

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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.

I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review.

And so she closed the book with a smile lingering on her face. Satisfied. A good book had come to an end. It was time to turn off the lights and go to sleep.

Except not really. I just thought that would sound cool.

Reviewing this book is incredibly hard. Because this book signifies the end of a beloved series and I am not a hundred percent sure about how I feel. This didn’t live up to my expectations but at the same time it didn’t disappoint. Maybe I expected something completely different. Which also explains why I took so long to finally read this. Once I got my hands on this, I did NOT dig in. In fact I had it for over a month before I finally realized it was time to read this and even then I had doubts.

I shouldn’t have worried so much. Rossi does play it out rather well so while it was not what I had in mind, it did satisfy me and left me rather happy with the series as a whole.

The book gets right into the action. It doesn’t leave us lingering and it doesn’t try to build up the tension, the last book ended on a tense note and the tension is still there in this book. Aria almost lost her arm and she is still recovering from that. The situation between Perry and Roar is at its worst and the tension between the two is nearly palpable.

I think, for me, the highlight of this book was not the plot, in fact that kind of lingered in the background for me, but the character development and the relationships.

Starting with Roar and Aria’s relationship. They have one of the best relationships I have EVER encountered in this genre. It’s completely platonic; there isn’t a hint of attraction. No weird love triangle situation, none of that bullshit. Just the pureness of a great friendship that anyone would want to have.

Perry and Aria also share one of the best romances I have ever encountered. They are incredibly supportive of each other and don’t try to keep things from each other. And more than that, they are actually very mature. Their relationship doesn’t read like some bad imitation of a romance, you can tell that the two really do love each other.

Roar and Perry share one of the best friendships out there as well but in this book they are both dealing with the grief of losing a certain someone. They both go about it in different ways which forms a rift between the two. With Perry choosing to hide from the grief and basically leaving Roar on his own to deal with it, you couldn’t expect anything else. Seeing them this way hurt. It hurt that they couldn’t just sit down and talk about it and it was a relief when Perry finally realized he was being an idiot.

Honestly though, both Perry and Aria have come such long ways since the beginning. They have both developed into these strong characters that are worth respecting. Perry may have decided to hide from his grief but he did it because he thought it would break him and leave him incapable of taking care of his people. There was obviously some selfishness in that decision but still.

Roar, as I mentioned before, was dealing with grief, and on his own, which led him to make certain rash decisions that kind of just screwed things up for them. I don’t really blame him though, you cannot. To see his heartbreak, breaks your own heart.

Soren stuck out quite a bit to me. His slow change into someone likeable was actually really fun to watch. He didn’t undergo a complete personality switch. He slowly developed into a character I came to love (well not as much as Perry, Roar and Aria).

Despite the plot not being as strong as it could have been, I have to say, Rossi manages to weave a strong layer of suspense into the book. You don’t know which characters will make it; you’re worried for all of their lives, hoping she won’t kill your favorites.

But like with any book, there will be deaths, and the deaths in this book failed to leave an emotional impact on me, they happened too fast and so suddenly and weren’t talked about enough and so in the end, they kind of just went over my head.

Their journey into the still blue is full of tons of obstacles but they overcome all of them. The ending is slightly anti-climactic and a little too perfect for my tastes. Everything kind of just works out. In the end the ending wasn’t particularly special but it did satisfy me.

Into the Still Blue was a great addition to the series, we met new characters, saw new characters develop and exiting characters develop even more, saw new relationships forge and the existing ones became even stronger and were left satisfied by the ending. I don’t feel particularly nostalgic about this series coming to an end but rather happy. I am happy that I wasn’t disappointed and I am ready to let go of these characters I’ve come to love, I am ready for whatever Rossi has in store for us next.

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Rashika

Rashika is a mysterious creature who likes to hide in the shadows. It's impossible to get to know her but if you must know, she is a huge bookworm. She also happens to have a huge sweet tooth so you can always lure her over the dark side by offering her something sweet (or bribing her with books).

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  1. says

    I totally agree with what you said about Roar and Aria, I love them as friends. I liked the first book in this series well enough but still need to continue. Glad to hear the pacing in this one is good and it starts out rolling.

  2. says

    I don’t think I’ve agreed with any of your reviews more, Rashika! I felt exactly the same way about this book. The character arcs and relationships were the highlights for me too, especially Roar and Aria’s friendship. It makes me wonder why there aren’t more purely platonic male-female friendships in YA. I understand what you mean about the anti-climatic ending – and the glossing over of deaths – and I agree that everything worked out a little too perfectly. Thankfully though, it didn’t take much away from my opinion of the trilogy as a whole. I loved it a lot and couldn’t be more satisfied now. I’m definitely looking forward to seeing what Rossi has in store for us in the future. :)

    BRILLIANT review!

    • Rashika says

      I did read an adult book recently that had one of the best male/female relationships I had encountered but it was completely different from Roar and Aria’s. It’s sad that in YAs, if a male and female happen to be friends you can almost always expect a love triangle situation to bloom. That reminds me.. ALEX from Unraveling was a wonderful friend but.. But. Yeah.
      Same here, nothing can change my mind about the series. :)
      Thank you so much Sam! :)

  3. laila BC says

    AAHHH! i just finished this last night and this is one of the best series i have read. I am going to meet the author here in the Phils. during the book signing event and i am so excited to meet Ms. Rossi.
    I totally agree with you Faye, that the strongest factor that kept me glued to this series was the character development and the relationship bet. Perry, Aria and Roar. The character deaths here was quick that yes we can barely feel enough to mourn them but Sable’s tho…i was like YASSS! GAGA! YASSS! okay that sounds crazy of me but i loathe him!