Into the Still Blue (Under the Never Sky #1) by Veronica Rossi (2014)
YA Fiction | Dystopian
“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.” -Goodreads
pooled ink Review:
This ending to the Under the Never Sky trilogy was good!
I’m very satisfied with everything that happened in this book except for a few divots and bumps.
[SPOILER ALERT BELOW]
Basically one of my main issues with this book is the gloss over of Cinder’s death. I mean, yes it’s obvious that he died as nothing leads us to believe or assume otherwise but I’m just dissatisfied with it. Maybe it’s the way it lacked explanation or how it was never bluntly verified or just the way his death was written or maybe I just really want Cinder to be alive…but it bothers me. It bothers me a lot. I’m left feeling like there is a ray of hope or an undertone of hope or assumption that Cinder could have survived and will show up any day now. But of course there is no way he survived the crash and even if he did he would have drowned afterwards or died of dehydration or starvation, etc. So yes, all the characters believe he is dead and it is logical to believe so as well and yet something about the way it was written leaves me feeling dissatisfied. I can’t help but feel a nagging sensation that Cinder is still out there. Even though he’s not. UGH! This feeling is torture! Haha I’m just not satisfied.
That aside I did enjoy this conclusion to the series.
The first book is still definitely the strongest and most enthralling of the three but first books usually are.
Thank you Veronica Rossi for not killing Perry or Aria.
Also, thank you for a wonderful series and a fabulous journey (:
Posted on Goodreads on May 26, 2014
Purchase here: Into the Still Blue
Recommendation for similar books: Divergent by Veronica Roth, and Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard, Chained by Susanne Valenti, and perhaps even Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo…oh and maybe also Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi