Into The Still Blue By Veronica Rossi ARC Review

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.

They need to move quickly, or run the risk of being trapped.The Tides and Dwellers are nesting within the safety of the caves, but as the deadly Aether storms sweep closer, their only chance at survival will be to reach the fleet of Hovers. Aria is still recovering from a gunshot wound and Cinder is being held captive by Hess and Sable. When Roar returns to camp, his anger simmering at losing Olivia, Perry enlists the aid of both Roar and Dweller Sorren on his mission. To rescue Cinder and bring back another Hover to transport his new community to safety. There has never been any love lost between Perry and Sorren, but can the Dweller be trusted to betray his own father? The tension between Roar and Perry is awkward at best, and Aria is the only one who can bridge the gap between the two. Roar is grieving and has no sympathy for his Blood Lord and wants nothing more than revenge. But Sable has amassed an army that even Hess can't compete with, so how can the Tides and Dwellers overpower him before it's too late?

With a team including Brooke, Roar, Sorren and Aria, Perry has turned his back on his Tribe. Hess and Sable may have brute force on their side, but Perry won't risk the lives of the Tides, however short lived that may be if he fails. It was only a week ago when Aria had bordered the Hover while she watched the Reverie collapse around them, but she is determined to return to seek justice for the Dwellers that Hess had abandoned. The group need to reach the Komodo, a mother craft which is now the base of operations for Hess and Sable where Sorren will hack into their system, creating a veil for the group to take a much needed ship. Aria knows that this is their only chance to survive. The Reverie is gone, the Tides homes are all but destroyed and they've left countless people behind, now is their chance to take a stand and fight. But Aria is struggling without full usage of her arm and Perry is still brooding from being left behind. Roar is hardly himself, he's volatile and may put the lives of not only the group at risk, but those left behind in the caves that are counting on their success. An unlikely group of heroes forging a battle against an enemy, but can they put their differences aside and band together to defeat a common enemy and reach the Still Blue?

Into The Still Blue is a difficult book to review, as not only have I received an advanced reading copy, but being a series finale, I don't want to reveal too much. Let me just start by adding that this is how you end a much loved series, well done Veronica Rossi, well done.

The storyline continues as the Dweller and Tides survivors have made camp within the cave network, in a bid to escape the furious and deadly Aether storms that are threatening to destroy what's left of their world. Their only option is to transport all four hundred cave inhabitants to the illusive Still Blue, where it's rumored to provide a safe environment in which man can live. But first they must rescue Cinder and take on Hess and Sable, which is no easy feat.

Veronica Rossi has created a unique young adult series that is driven by a dying environment, as seen from two different points of view. Perry, who is a hunter, leading his tribe and survives in spite of the harsh environmental conditions. Aria is a Dweller, she was born into a life of comfort and luxury, her genetics being the only difference between living in or outside of the man made domes that were built to sustain human life. Being exiled into the harsh conditions a few months ago, Aria has proven herself to be strong willed, a fighter and seeking justice against Hess and Sable, who are now almost unstoppable.

Into The Still Blue was verging on anticlimactic, mainly due to so many series finales this year offering so little, but Veronica Rossi has created a finale that will no doubt appease even the toughest critics. The journey into the Still Blue is not without it's heartbreak though, but regardless, it was brilliantly crafted, written and I'm sad to have to say goodbye to the characters that I've grown to love.

Into The Still Blue
(Under The Never Sky: Book Three)
Written By Alexandra Bracken
Expected Publication 06/ 02 / 2014 
336 Pages

Thank you to Harper Collins via Edelweiss

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