Into the Still Blue is the final book in Veronica Rossi’s trilogy that began with Under the Never Sky. I have been reading them for the last week and have been solidly entertained. Reading a final book is always bittersweet especially when the previous books are so good. If it’s underwhelming it lets the entire series down and can fester as one of those disappointments you regret undertaking.
I’m happy to say that the disappointment never came. Into the Still Blue is just as fantastic as the first two books.
* Spoilers for those who have not read Under the Never Sky and Through the Ever Night *
The world is collapsing around the Tides. The aether storms are destroying everything and the Tides are forced into a cave for survival. The city dwellers and other outsiders are planning to decamp for the last bastion of resources – the fabled Still Blue. Perry and Aria must find the Still Blue before Sable or Hess claim it for the Horns and the Dwellers . The key to their survival lies in the hands of one young man with unbelievable powers and everyone will do whatever it takes to get him for their own.
To add to the drama everyone is grieving the loss of loved ones. Roar and Perry are at odds. Meanwhile Aria struggles with her own grief over the loss of her mother while trying to puzzle out the mystery of her absentee Father with little to go on… and there are so many other lives to consider.
These books. These books… I enjoyed the hell out of the whole series, novellas and all. Fantastic.
One of the things that Rossi does extremely well are the inter-personal dynamics between the characters. The side characters are just as compelling as the protagonists. I am thrilled by the relationship that she wrote between Roar and Aria. At first I was afraid that it would turn into the dreaded love triangle but Rossi keeps their friendship simply that – a friendship. It seems daring considering the young adult market of today. So many authors and publishers see a second strong male in a book as fodder for romantic conflict. I’m glad that Rossi created Roar and that she let him become his own man separate of Aria and Peregrine. This speaks volumes of her abilities as a writer, that she is willing to go in this direction and own the choice.
This book is extremely character driven, more so than the first two books. The first two books have a beautiful blend of plot and characterization. This book rests firmly in the final book camp. It’s all conclusion, tying loose ends until the finale. In that it is exceedingly simple and less plot divergent than the previous books. Everything in this book is propelled by the force of these people. Some readers might find it slow as a result. I love these characters and I love this world so this did not bother me at all. This was a great ending to this phenomenal series.
I hate to see it go, but I’m thrilled to see what Rossi does next. I love Rossi’s imagination and I want more of her worlds.
5 out of 5 stars.
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