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January 23, 2014

Review: Into The Still Blue by Veronica Rossi - The Winner of Dystopian Finales

Into the Still Blue (Under the Never Sky, #3).
Title: Into The Still Blue (Under the Never Sky, #3)
Author: Veronica Rossi 
Publisher: Harper Collins
Publication date: January 28, 2014
Genre(s): Young Adult (Dystopian)
Source: Edelweiss 
Format: eARC
Pages: 400
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.
Oh boy.. I've read Into the Still Blue almost 3 months before I finally sat down to write my review.. and I still remember most of what happened. This is a clear indication of how memorable this book, as well as the whole trilogy was. I loved Under the Never Sky but had some problems with Through the Ever Night (though it was still pretty decent). However, Rossi hit the ball out of the park with Into the Still Blue. I personally have not.one.single.complaint about this book. Not one. I'm wracking my brain trying to think of something I disliked but I can't. I've actually made a mini video review that I will include at the bottom of this post, if you're interested.
Only way to write this review clearly is to first list the three aspects of what would make or break a book and talk about them.. then I can go and fangirl/rave about the whole trilogy in the next paragraph. 
1. Pace/Plot: WOW, it was like Rossi was on fire when she wrote this book. I could barely get a breather before one big thing after another happened. The whole plot was SO INTENSE and what I liked about it the most is that even though the whole book was about finding the Still Blue, Rossi managed to not make the whole book about it. There are many plot lines that are woven together that elevate the complexity and of the plot. I also loved the direction Rossi took with the book. I personally couldn't predict what would happen next and that kept me at the edge of my seat, or at least kept me glued to the screen of my Nook whenever I had the chance.   
2. Characters: I could write endless paragraphs about each one of the characters in this book and series. There are SO many of them that just impressed me and truly had me invested in their lives and well being. Rossi even managed to redeem some people's worth and likability. We've got our main couple Aria and Perry, as well as the ever awesome best friend Roar, Reef and the Six, as well as the little kid, Cinder. Roar is Perry's best friend but by the end of this trilogy, he could also be called Aria's best friend and I LOVED that there was no love triangle. We get to see him struggle in this book and it truly hurt my heart. As for Aria and Perry.. I feel that they should be a reference to how YA couples should be. They were both so supportive and showed their love towards each other, relied but still didn't have the desire to always depend on each other. They were both on equal footing and equally invested in their relationship and I just loved reading about them both. 
3. The ending: DUN DUN DUN! yes.. we've all come to fear the endings of dystopian trilogies. Heck, after the last couple I've read.. I've always mentally and emotionally prepared myself for the worst. Without giving any spoilers, all I can say is that the ending and buildup to it and the way Rossi wrapped everything up was perfect. It was an ending that wasn't a dystopian cliche ending but at the same time it wasn't too convenient and unrealistic. Honestly, Veronica Rossi NAILED it with that ending. 
Bringing it back to the overall trilogy, I have to say that this trilogy didn't disappoint me. It actually went out with a bang. I am 100% fans of this trilogy will love the ending and thank Rossi for not breaking our hearts into a million little pieces. I also can't stop raving about all the fantastic and amazing characters in this trilogy. Rossi really knows how to create unique and memorable characters. Personally, this is the dystopian trilogy I will be recommending to anyone who wants to read a dystopian trilogy. I'm seriously going to miss them all; I've come to love all the characters and how real they all were. Thank you Veronica Rossi for the journey you took me on with this whole trilogy.
         My reviews of the first two in the trilogy:
           Under The Never Sky (Under The Never Sky #1)
           Through The Ever Night (Under The Never Sky #2)

5 comments:

  1. Amazing review :D I'm so glad that you loved this book as well. <3 Sigh. That ending was amazing, wasn't it? :)

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  2. I've mixed feelings about the first book and have yet to read the second and third one. Is it really amazing? I might have to give this series another try since everyone seemed to love it so much.

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  3. ohhh im so glad you love this series, i have the first book in the series sitting on my shelf! Ill get right on it for sure now! thanks! - Katie @ Inkk

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  4. I can't wait to start this series. Everything I read about it is positive and everyone seems to love it. Wonderful review.

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  5. Love, love, loved it. Into the Still Blue delivered the perfect ending to this beautiful story. And it did so without feeling like "happily ever after" and without ripping my heart out either. Loss was part of it, but certainly not so overwhelming that I regretted starting the series. For me, it just felt really true & really right - all of it, the characters, the story, the world - everything. The whole series was just perfect - from beginning to end. Definitely my favorite YA dystopian series ever.
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