Tuesday, April 9, 2013

Through the Ever Night by Veronica Rossi

Through the Ever Night is an action and romance packed dystopian novel. It's another one I read a while back and haven't reviewed yet. I read the book back in January when it came out. And let me tell you, it was good! It's the second book in the Under the Never Sky series. Look here to see my review of the first book, Under the Never Sky. At the end of the review, I stated that I couldn't wait for the next book. Let me tell you, it was worth the wait! I gobbled up the book faster than starving man given a plate of food. I was sucked in from page one. The drama feels a bit much at times, sometimes so much so that I want to hide my eyes and be embarrassed for the character, but more often then not, the character(s) realize how crazy they're being and find a way to fix the situation.

The story is told from two different POV's. The first is Aria. Prior to the book, she lived in a pod built to protect her. She is kicked out in the first book and learns how to survive. Now she's gone back and is doing a job for the man in charge. Specifically, to find the Still Blue. The Still Blue is the only place where aether storms (imagine a lightning storm, now make it way worse and way more dangerous) do not strike and it is humanity's only hope of survival. Aria is strong-willed and does what she must to survive. She loves deeply, but makes hard decisions that often benefit her and others safety. She lives with a tribe that neither likes nor accepts her, she is still kind and tries to help. When she saves an innocent life, all that she is rewarded with is more hatred. Aria is so strong, but is viewed as weak. She is able to stand up for her self and do what she believes is right. Because of that, I wish I could be more like her, though not necessarily in her same situation. Now for Perry. He is what is known as a savage. He has lived in the wild all his life and now head's the tribe that Aria is living with. He and Aria also happen to be in love. This results in some adult content in both books. Perry does whatever it takes to protect his tribe and those he loves. Even when others disagree with his methods, he manages to stand up to them and do the right thing. He is a character I love, as I know many others do as well.

This book portrays many things we fear when we think about the future of not necessarily our lives, but the world and humanity as a whole. It shows our fear of what would happen if we were to loose the morals and judgments that make us human. It shows the side affects of if that were to happen. It also shows our fear of messing with genetics along with the world around us. It brings up the question of "how much is too much?" What might have started as a little genetic tweaking becomes something much more and has dangerous side affects. The world is affected by what we did to it. Humanity caused the aether storms (at least from what I can tell) and these same storms are now threatening to wipe us extinct. It shows choices and their consequences. As like with many dystopian novels, this novel shows the answer to the question "What happened if..."

This is the second book in the series. The final book, Into the Still Blue, comes out next year. For more information, check out the author's website and Facebook, along with the series official fan Facebook page. I give this book a full five stars!

It's been months since Aria learned of her mother's death.

Months since Perry became Blood Lord of the Tides, and months since Aria last saw him.

Now Aria and Perry are about to be reunited. It's a moment they've been longing for with countless expectations. And it's a moment that lives up to all of them. At least, at fi rst. Then it slips away. The Tides don't take kindly to former Dwellers like Aria. And the tribe is swirling out of Perry's control. 

With the Aether storms worsening every day, the only remaining hope for peace and safety is the Still Blue. But does this haven truly exist?

Threatened by false friends and powerful temptations, Aria and Perry wonder, Can their love survive through the ever night? In this second book in her spellbinding Under the Never Sky trilogy, Veronica Rossi combines fantasy and sci-fi elements to create a captivating adventure—and a love story as perilous as it is unforgettable.

Title: Through the Ever Night
Author: Veronica Rossi
Publisher: HarperTeen
Release: January 8, 2013
Series: Under the Never Sky
Pages: 352

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