Remember how I was complaining about how slow the plot moves in Through the Ever Night? Well, Into the Still Blue has the opposite problem; it’s so fast paced, it practically becomes a blur.
Picking up where the last book ended, there’s a lot of tension going on in the cave where the Tides are now living. Perry and Roar are at odds with each other, trying to find a way to grieve Liz’s loss. While Roar just tries to lose himself with Luster and meanness, Perry tries to stay emotionless, focusing on getting the Tides to the Still Blue and saving Cinder from the horrendously evil Sable. Aria is on the same mission, although she also feels disconnected with Perry and unsettled by the turn in his friendship with Roar. But we don’t simmer in these emotions for too long, the pace jumps and we’re taken a fast and dangerous journey to save Cinder and get into the Still Blue.
The biggest reason I say this book was a blur is because I had a hard time connecting with it. It’s been almost a year since I read the last book, and it took me a while to get into story again. And honestly, I don’t think I ever became fully committed to it. It’s likely just a personal thing that I don’t want to count it against the story because I’m too distracted by my own life dilemmas to get lost in a book. But then there’s the argument that a really good book can give you an escape no matter what.
Regardless, I give this book (and the series) points for being fast paced and tying up the story in a nice way. It was predictable, but the ride is fun and the world created is unique. But most of all, the characters are the best. What I didn’t realize when I had read the last book was how author Veronica Rossi absolutely established her characters and their relationships, especially Perry, Aria and Roar. Those three are the true gems of this story and are the reason I kept reading to the very end.
Fans of the series will likely be happy with how things turn out and the ending. I know it’s probably too much to ask but a spin-off series starring Roar would be…. AMAZING. With a world as different as this one, it would be a pity to not explore more of it. So while I’m not absolutely enthusiastic about this book, I am open to reading more about it and some of its characters.
Into The Still Blue Rating: 7.5/10
Under The Never Sky Trilogy Rating: 8.5/10
Into The Still Blue by Veronica Rossi arrives wherever books are sold on January 28th.
Publisher: HarperCollins (January 28, 2014)
Length: 400 pages (Hardcover)
Series: Under The Never Sky – Book 3
Source: Edelweiss Digital Review Copy
Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy, Sci-Fi, Romance
Completed: December 2013