Sunday, January 5, 2014

Into the Still Blue by Veronica Rossi

Title: Into the Still Blue
Author: Veronica Rossi
Publisher: HarperTeen
Release: January 21, 2014
Series: Under the Never Sky
Pages: 400
Review: Five Stars

I got this ARC from The Regulator, the indie bookstore where I live. Holy bleepity bleep, this book was SPECTACULAR!!!!!!!!!! Quite possibly the best in the series! There is action, romance, high stakes, sacrifice, and so much more. I can't tell you to read it now, since it's not out yet, but if you haven't, read the first two books in the trilogy and join the legions of fans already impatiently awaiting this book. It's one of the best dystopian series I've read in a while and is just amazing.

The story is dual POV between Aria and Perry. Aria started the series as a Dweller, a person who lived in a pod to escape the deadly Aether storms. Perry is an Outsider, living in the wilds among people known as savages. In book one, they happened to meet and their lives changed forever. Aria's character arc is flawless. She changes tremendously, mostly for the better. Both characters become more open to the idea of people who are not like them. Old friends and enemies alike turn up in this book, and the characters risk everything they have to save each other. It's fun seeing how Aria interacts with the people she grew up with after living with Perry and the Outsiders for the two previous books. Oh, and there's a new character who I just LOVE! It's also really nice that the angst is GONE! Book two was too angsty for me, but by this point, relationships were accepted, heartbreak was inevitable, and death was a promise to those who could not change.

The plot is phenomenal. The book starts strong and remains that way the entire length of the book. The characters refuse to give up, and keep fighting through every situation. Thank you Veronica Rossi for writing such an amazing book. The one problem I had with the book was towards the end. Basically, I wish there was more information on exactly what happened after the climactic scenes. Where did the characters go, what did they do, what exactly does the ending entail? All in all, a very good book, but the one part that I felt was really important simply wasn't done justice. Even still, I give the book five stars for a great series ending.

P.S. I still think the book should be called Into the Forever Blue, it goes with the theme more.

Author Bio:
Veronica Rossi is the author of post-apocalyptic fiction for young adults. Her debut novel, UNDER THE NEVER SKY, is the first in a trilogy. Released in January 2012, it was deemed one of the Best Books of Year by School Library Journal. The second book in the trilogy, THROUGH THE EVER NIGHT, debuted in January on the NY Times and USA Today Best Seller Lists. The final book in the series, INTO THE STILL BLUE, is expected to release January 2014.

Foreign rights to the UNDER THE NEVER SKY trilogy have sold in over twenty-five territories to date and film rights have been optioned by Warner Bros.

She completed undergraduate studies at UCLA and then went on to study fine art at the California College of the Arts in San Francisco. She lives in Northern California with her husband and two sons. When not writing, she enjoys reading, painting, and counting down the minutes until she can get back to making up stories about imaginary people.

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Into the Still Blue:

The earth-shattering conclusion to Veronica Rossi's epic Under the Never Sky trilogy, and sequel to the New York Times and USA Today bestselling Through the Ever Night.

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.

Perfect for fans of the Hunger Games and Divergent series, Veronica Rossi's trilogy has been called "inspired, offbeat, and mesmerizing" (Kirkus Reviews, starred review) and "incredibly original" ( Brimming with romance and danger and building to a climax that will leave you breathless, Into the Still Blue brings this "masterpiece" trilogy to an unforgettable close (

You Can Find it At:
Barnes & Noble
Indie Bound

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