Into the Still Blue by Veronica Rossi
Series: Under the Never Sky #3
Published by HarperCollins on January 28th, 2014
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Their love and their leadership have been tested. Now it’s time for Perry and Aria to unite the Dwellers and the Outsiders in one last desperate attempt to bring balance to their world.
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.
Meanwhile, time is running out to rescue Cinder, who was abducted by Hess and Sable for his unique abilities. And when Roar returns to camp, he is so furious with Perry that he won’t even look at him, and Perry begins to feel like they have already lost.
Out of options, Perry and Aria assemble a team to mount an impossible rescue mission-because 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 stunning Under the Never Sky trilogy, Veronica Rossi raises the stakes to their absolute limit and brings her epic love story to an unforgettable close.
The culmination of a sequence of interwoven events, Into the Still Blue was a good ending, to a great series. While I did find that it stalled slightly in the middle, and that it was missing that certain something that made its predecessors truly shine, overall Into the Still Blue was the slightly corny-yet-perfect ending to a much-loved trilogy.
One of the reasons I loved Under the Never Sky and Through the Ever Night was thanks to its characters. E-v-e-r-y-t-h-i-n-g they felt was tangible and real for me, and those emotions carried me through both books. I think the reason Into the Still Blue didn’t resonate as much, then, has to do with this lack of…feels. Into the Still Blue felt very much like the end, from the very beginning. The characters were all tired and grieving and fearful and angry and scared and ready for it to be over: whether that meant they had found sanctuary in the Still Blue, or that they had succumbed to a particularly violent Aether storm. And that was the atmosphere that permeated Into the Still Blue; this bleak hopefulness. While there were moments where a character would spark, and remind me of how passionate they could be, those sparks were far and few between.
There also wasn’t a whole lot when it came to plot twists, in order to keep me in suspense. Again, Into the Still Blue felt, very much, like it was waiting in expectation of the end; like it was holding its breath, until the truth about the Still Blue was uncovered. Fortunately, Rossi has developed such fantastically complex characters, that they were able to carry Into the Still Blue.
I loved how multi-faceted Rossi has made her characters. While I missed the Roar who was quick to laugh and even quicker to banter, I appreciated the way he used his grief as a shield to propel his anger; it suited his characterization perfectly, and I would have been disappointed if he hadn’t had such an extreme reaction to Liv’s death. The same can be said about his friendship with Perry: I hated that Roar and Perry spent most of Into the Still Blue fighting. But if they hadn’t fought, if they had been able to overlook Liv’s death and how it impacted their friendship by pretending that nothing had changed, it wouldn’t have been true to who they were. It also gave us further insight into just how strong the bonds of friendship between Aria and Roar had gotten, considering he was able to see Aria and not be reminded of his anger with Perry.
And I loved having an
almost entire book where Perry and Aria were sure of their feelings for each other, and were no longer trying to hide their relationship from the Tides.
Aria smiled, then her gaze traveled to his waist. “Perry, did you know your pants are falling down?”
“Yeah.” He didn’t have to look; he could feel them sliding down his hips. “I, uh…I took my belt off to make you feel comfortable.”
“You took your belt off to make me feel comfortable?”
He nodded, trying to hold back a laugh. “I worked it out in my head that this would be more natural.”
“Your pants falling down is natural?”
He grinned. “Yeah. If they fall any further, it’s going to be very natural.”
The moments alone that they did get to steal together were easily my favourites of the whole book, and I really enjoyed that they found little moments to remind each other that they were there, and that they still cared.
I didn’t really care for the introduction of a new character that aligned with Aria’s side-plot, as there wasn’t enough time to develop the kind of connection to him that was required. If it had been a bigger issue for Aria in the past, then I might have felt differently. I did, however, love how much attention was given to Sable. Manipulative and calculating, Sable did nothing without having first thought it through. His every action, his every word, was a manipulation of those around him and I loved watching how easily he rationalized even his most despicable actions.
He could be kind, when kindness lured a person to take a sip of poison. He could be charming and considerate. He could fool a person into believing he had a heart.
While I can’t say I fault Perry for trusting Sable as much as he needed to, I also wasn’t surprised by Sable’s deceit, which definitely took away from some of the more suspenseful moments.
Can I say that Into the Still Blue was everything I had been hoping for? The emotional conclusion I was expecting? The action-packed, dangerous and suspenseful adventure to the Still Blue I wanted? No. But I can say that, while it didn’t connect with me on an emotional level like it’s predecessors, it did leave me with a wide, goofy grin. And for the conclusion to a series I truly loved, that’s more than enough for me!