Series: Under the Never Sky #3
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.
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For a series conclusion, it wasn’t really all that epic, to be honest. Perry and Aria have so many problems to conquer, an accumulation of everything that’s happened in both Under the Never Sky and Through the Ever Night. And sure, I will admit that everything gets resolved, somehow, but it just wasn’t the explosive kind of conclusion that I was expecting.
Sacrifices were made. Lives were lost. A fight against the bad guy ensued. Yes, it had all these elements, but it just felt like something essential was still missing at the heart of it. Maybe this is just me, and not at all the book. But that’s just how I felt coming out of this.
Character development was decent. Perry has a lot of stepping up to do to lead a group of people away from everything they’ve ever known. Aria, likewise, needs to convince her people that these Outsiders aren’t as bad as they always believed. Soren wasn’t the typical bad boy anymore. I think he had to grow up, real fast, after seeing what kind of a deal his father had made with Sable, the leader of the Horns, and the ensuing consequences. Lastly, there’s dear ol’ Roar. I’ve always loved him. He was the best friend for both Aria and Perry, but he also had a soft romantic side to him. After the absolutely heartwrenching events of the previous novel, Roar’s left with an aftermath that he wasn’t ready to deal with. I won’t ruin anything, but not everything can be happy-go-lucky for every character. He got the short end of the stick, but I’d like to think it made my favourite character the strongest of them all.
Eh, I guess there’s not much more to say. I was quite iffy with this ending. I had so hoped there would be a surprising twist, but it went pretty much the way I had imagined it (minus the lives lost). Maybe you would like it more than I did, but the only favouring point I can give it is that it was a stable ending.
Into the Still Blue was everything I expected. Period. There was no amount of surprise, pretty much unfolding in a predictable manner that anyone can guess from reading the two previous novels. For a series conclusion, it held no special umph that gave it a bit of spice and excitement. At the end of the day, it was a decent ending for everyone, but it wasn’t one of those memorable ones. Unfortunately, it also didn’t end “happily ever after” for every character, though I guess that made it more realistic. All in all, I’m glad I read it to see how things wrapped up, but don’t expect it to be “OMG that was awesome” or anything.