Published by Harper Teen on 1/8/2013
Genres: Dystopian, Young Adult
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It's been months since Aria last saw Perry. Months since Perry was named Blood Lord of the Tides, and Aria was charged with an impossible mission. Now, finally, they are about to be reunited. But their reunion is far from perfect. The Tides don't take kindly to Aria, a former Dweller. And with the worsening Aether storms threatening the tribe's precarious existence, Aria begins to fear that leaving Perry behind might be the only way to save them both.
\r\nThreatened by false friends, hidden enemies, and powerful temptations, Aria and Perry wonder, Can their love survive through the ever night?\r\n\r\nIn this second book in her spellbinding Under the Never Sky trilogy, Veronica Rossi combines fantasy and dystopian elements to create a captivating love story as perilous as it is unforgettable.
Second Book Syndrome strikes again.
I feverishly awaited Through the Ever Night; Under the Never Sky was incredible, with it’s detailed and beautiful world, and I wanted more of that in the second installment. I also wanted more Perry and Aria. Because who doesn’t?
I got these things, but not in the way I expected.
Things I Liked:
Rossi’s writing is superb. Like usual.
Roar. We get into his head a little more and he is so fascinating…and tragic.
Roar & Liv, finally!
Sable, because he was an interesting character and I look forward to what Rossi has in store for him next.
Explanation of the aether. Finally!
The interaction between Roar and Aria. It’s so well-done, so natural, that at times you can’t help thinking, what if…?
I got to know the Tides much better.
I got to know Perry better, too. He’s such a deep, troubled character.
I felt like Aria grew into herself as an Outsider a little more, and became less the victim of her circumstances.
Things I Didn’t Like:
We never get a clear description of what the Still Blue is. I suppose I can guess it’s still blue sky with no aether, but it would be nice to have this described, since it’s supposedly legendary. Guess I have to wait for the next book.
Roar & Liv. Damn you for those feels, Rossi.
The “Love Triangle.” This felt forced and contrived and not at all necessary to the book. In fact, I would have been completely happy with this series if it was left out completely. I don’t need it every time, in every book.
We still don’t get to know what Cinder’s power really is. I guess that’s something else I have to wait to find out in the next book. I’m impatient!
The pace felt a little draggy. While the first book starts off this way, it picks up significantly. TtEN felt much slower.
Perry and Aria spend a large portion of the book apart, so there isn’t much chemistry. I missed that. I missed them together.
Overall, I enjoyed the second installment, just not quite as much as I did the first. Rossi’s writing has a lyrical quality that makes it easy to immerse yourself in, and walk beside her characters. I do recommend this to all Under the Never Sky fans.
“Love is a rebellious bird that nobody can tame.”
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