ARC: Into the Still Blue by Veronica Rossi

Posted on 05/07/2014 in Book Review / 2 Comments

I received this book for free from Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

ARC: Into the Still Blue by Veronica RossiInto the Still Blue by Veronica Rossi
Published by Harper Collins on 1/28/2014
Genres: Adventure, Dystopian, Science-fiction, Young Adult
Pages: 392
Format: eARC
Source: Edelweiss
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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.

What an epic conclusion!!\n\nSo I was not fully impressed with Through the Ever Night, though it seems most people loved it as much as Under the Never Sky.  I felt it lacked the oomph of the first novel.  But Veronica Rossi has fully redeemed herself in my eyes as a master storyteller!\n\nInto the Still Blue picks up right where Through the Ever Night left off: the Tides and refugees from the pod have gone into the cave by the beach.  Perry and Aria are reunited, but for how long when so much still remains uncertain?\n\nThings I Loved About Into the Still Blue:\n

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  • The Dwellers and Outsiders are forced to become one unified society, else they may just perish.  They need the numbers to stand against Hess, Sable and the Horns.
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  • I loved Cinder’s and Perry’s loyalty to each other.  It’s the kind of loyalty you don’t often find in real life or books and it defied DNA or friendship.  I think it really spoke to each of their characters and it was refreshing to read about characters as awesome as they were.
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  • I loved that Soren comes so far in this story.  He goes from a willful, spoiled brat who makes unstable decisions to someone who is steady, medicated and a team player.  Of all the characters, Soren probably developed the most in this entire series.
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  • I loved Roar. Period. Everything about him.  His relationship with Aria, which was never romantic, was sweet and something she needed.  And so did he!  I think I’d really love to see his own full-length story, a romance, because I want romantic redemption for him.  I want him to find love again.
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  • Getting to the Still Blue was never going to be an easy task, and that’s the way it’s supposed to be.  Nothing worthwhile is easy and it showed that those causes worth the most will cost the most.  They were not without loss, but you can’t measure happiness without loss.  I loved that it wasn’t easy to reach.
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  • Aria and Perry’s relationship wasn’t insta-love even though she had come back from the Rim.  They had to learn how to work through their issues like adults, and ultimately they each grew because of that.
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  • The way Rossi described the Still Blue was exactly as I had imagined it.  
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  • Aria’s father. <3
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  • The final showdown!  Gah! <3
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  • I thought it was entirely too easy for Sable and his men to throw over Hess.  Or maybe Hess was just that stupid.  Who knows.
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  • Sable’s method for disposing of Cinder and Perry was really obvious and I could see it coming from a mile away.
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  • Rossi explained away Perry’s reappearance way too easily.
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\nInto the Still Blue was just amazing.  I would love to see the film rights sold for this.  Pleeeeaaaase, Warner Brothers, give us a movie!

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Jennifer is a bona fide book nerd. She thinks "bookworm" sounds gross and secretly gains pleasure at the pained looks her husband often shoots at her personal library. She collects books like the Duggar family collects kids, and began waiting for her Hogwarts letter at the tender age of 33.

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