Into the Still Blue (Under the Never Sky Series #3)

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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.

Within the confines of a cave they're using as a makeshift refuge, they struggle to reconcile their people, Dwellers and Outsiders, who are united only in their hatred of their desperate situation. Meanwhile, time is running out to rescue Cinder, who was abducted by Hess ...

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Overview

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.

Within the confines of a cave they're using as a makeshift refuge, they struggle to reconcile their people, Dwellers and Outsiders, who are united only in their hatred of their desperate situation. Meanwhile, time is running out to rescue Cinder, who was abducted by Hess and Sable for his unique abilities. Then Roar arrives in a grief-stricken fury, endangering all with his need for revenge.

Out of options, Perry and Aria assemble an unlikely team for an impossible rescue mission. 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 earth-shattering Under the Never Sky trilogy, Veronica Rossi raises the stakes to their absolute limit and brings her epic love story to an unforgettable close.

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Editorial Reviews

VOYA, February 2014 (Vol. 36, No. 6) - Lona Trulove
Love, friendship, and leadership bring this trilogy to a grand finale. Aria, Perry, and Roar have a strong bond, but it is not without friction. This dynamic leadership team has the addition of Soren, who brings complexity and some stressful moments to the entire situation. Rossi has created a wonderfully sinister antagonist in the character Hess. The dynamic among him, Aria, and Perry creates wonderful tension and moves the plot along quickly. The conclusion to this trilogy is full of action, heartache, and plot twists making it an exciting book. While this is a good read, it would be helpful to read the other books first. The relationships among the characters and the fight for the Still Blue are complex and much of the needed background information will be found in the first two books. These books have something for everyone: both boys and girls will enjoy the fast pace and the intrigue. Given the depth of the story line, this is a series for readers of all genres, not just science fiction lovers. This would also be useful when teaching characterization, climax, and theme. Without a doubt, it should find its way onto the shelves of young adult collections. Reviewer: Lona Trulove; Ages 11 to 15.
School Library Journal
02/01/2014
Gr 7 Up—This heartfelt, action-packed conclusion to the dystopian series begins where the second book Through the Ever Night (HarperCollins, 2013) ends. Liv is dead and Aria's recovering from a disabling gunshot wound. Roar and Perry blame each other for Liv's death and it's tearing them apart. The magnetic Aether storms are getting worse. Before it's too late, they must find the Still Blue, a paradise where they can live safe from the storms. Sable, the ruthless and cruel Horn tribe leader, kidnaps Cinder to use his ability to generate an Aether to destroy the Aether currents. Perry, Aria, and the others determine to rescue Cinder, knowing that a showdown between rival tribe leaders Sable and Hess, the cowardly Dweller leader, is inevitable. Perry and Aria are strong yet imperfect characters struggling to balance their love for each other with their responsibilities as tribe leaders. Some of the book's most interesting characters, such as Liv and Cinder, aren't fully developed and are, sadly, short-lived. The inclusion of the identity of Aria's father, while not essential to the story, is a nice surprise. The humorous quips made by Roar and the 6, so welcome in the series' previous books, are largely missing here. The fact that Perry, Aria, and company are repeatedly captured by Sable does become a bit repetitive. Still, the forthright and compelling plot has just enough of a twist to make this book, and the series, stand out from others like it. Fans will be desperate to find out how it all ends.—Sharon Rawlins, New Jersey State Library, Trenton
Kirkus Reviews
2013-10-20
This conclusion to the Under the Never Sky trilogy begins as increasingly destructive electromagnetic Aether storms ravage the landscape. Desperate, Perry and Aria decide to use hovercraft to transport the surviving members of the Tides tribe and the Dweller population to the mythic Still Blue, a region rumored to be free of storms. Hijacking the hovercraft from the bloodthirsty rival Horn tribe leader's control will require combining Aria's Dweller technological knowledge with Perry's Tides wilderness survival skills. But uniting the Dwellers and Tides demands painful personal sacrifices from the two inexperienced young leaders. Here, the inventive worldbuilding of the first two novels is replaced by a heavy reliance on contrivances--the origin of the Aether storms is too easily explained, yet the improbable existence of the Still Blue remains mysterious. The novel focuses largely on Perry's and Aria's struggles to balance their personal feelings with their leadership responsibilities. Unfortunately, their increasingly repetitive inner monologues, while believable, offer few surprises for returning readers. The attempts at increasing suspense by injecting jealous tension between Perry and Aria falls flat, as the previous novels so firmly established their strong commitment to each other. Several other emotional moments, including a revelation about Aria's father, feel more distractingly melodramatic than necessary. In spite of the shortcomings, loyal fans will still enjoy the (predictably) happy ending. (Science fiction. 12-18)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780062072092
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 1/28/2014
  • Series: Under the Never Sky Series , #3
  • Pages: 400
  • Sales rank: 19,555
  • Age range: 14 - 17 Years
  • Product dimensions: 5.80 (w) x 8.30 (h) x 1.60 (d)

Meet the Author

Veronica Rossi

Veronica Rossi graduated from UCLA. The first book in her Under the Never Sky trilogy was named an ALA Best Fiction for Young Adults selection and an Indie Next List Pick. The second book, Through the Ever Night, was a New York Times and USA Today bestseller. The series has been optioned for film by Warner Bros. Veronica lives in northern California with her husband and two sons.

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  • Posted January 28, 2014

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    Epic, Gut-wrenching, Conclusion! This has been a year of series

    Epic, Gut-wrenching, Conclusion!

    This has been a year of series enders and there are quite a few that have garnered some mixed reactions from readers, myself included. It started to feel like every "final" book I picked up made me feel like I wanted to weep and then die. (Just kidding. Maybe.)

    But then INTO THE STILL BLUE comes along and everything is right with the book world again. *happy sigh*

    Don't get me wrong, this book dragged my heart through an aether storm of emotions and it truly is an epic, gut-wrenching, conclusion, but I can't imagine Aria and Perry's journey ending any other way. Veronica Rossi stayed true to her story and her characters, which as a reader, (and a lover of all things, Peregrine) I SO APPRECIATED!

    INTO THE STILL BLUE explores not only the bonds of romantic love, but of life-long friendship, forgiveness, sacrifice and even redemption. It offers hope and new beginnings and I while I was satisfied with the way it ended, I'm not ready to say goodbye to these characters yet. I'M NOT READY!

    I'll admit that I was holding out hope that by some magical twist of aether that Liv would be alive somehow and Roar's heart would be patched up, but alas...

    Fantastic ending to this series and fans will not be disappointed!

    9 out of 9 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 30, 2014

    FINALLY. A series ender that did the story justice. I don't kno

    FINALLY. A series ender that did the story justice.

    I don't know about you, but lately it seems as if the final books in series I follow - particularly dystopian series - have not even come close to living up to my expectations. Perhaps my goals are too lofty. I want drama, suspense, intrigue, tons of stress and frustration, but ultimately a satisfying HEA for the main characters and a resolution to the main problem that has plagued them for several books. I didn't think that was too much to ask.

    Thankfully, Veronica Rossi and I seem to be of the same mind. Because, this fantastic author gave me my wishlist in Into The Still Blue. Especially the tons of stress and frustration. Oh, I felt those things in spades.

    As the title suggests, the entire book is about the two separate factions of people - the Tides and Dwellers led by Perry and the Horns and Dwellers led by the evil duo Sable and Hess - trying to get to the Still Blue where the air and sky are clear and healthy. In order to do that, they need the help of Cinder, the 13-year-old boy that befriended Perry and has been kidnapped by Sable and Hess.

    In addition to the plotting, planning, thwarting and executing of said plans, there was a lot of focus on relationships both old and new. Perry's and Roar's friendship seems irreparable since Liv's death. Perry and Aria are now together and resolved to make their relationship work no matter what. And the Tides and Dwellers need to find a way to get past their ingrained differences so they can live together in peace.

    My love of Perry, Aria and Roar never wavered. Their choices and actions were in keeping with the characters Rossi has created over the course of two books and two novellas now. They are characters whose traits I admire - the dedication to family and the honor in the face of adversity is inspiring.

    Leave it to Veronica Rossi to make me love characters I had previously resolved to hate. Soren, Brooke and Loren most definitely grew on me over the course of Into The Still Blue, until at the end, I was most definitely rooting for them to make it through the final dangerous confrontations.

    The pacing was perfect. The action and angst almost non-stop. The character development was amazing. I thank Veronica Rossi for giving us the drama, suspense, stress, and yes, that elusive HEA, in this final book of the Under the Never Sky series. This is, without a doubt, one of the best dystopian series I've ever read.

    7 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 28, 2014

    Great Book

    I read the first two book and was hooked. I couldn't wait for this book; I even preordered it. I loved it and so will you. So put down that remote and click buy. You will not put this down. It will have to be prided from you.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 28, 2014

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    "What brought you out here, Aria?" he asked. She looke

    "What brought you out here, Aria?" he asked.
    She looked up, right into his eyes. "I needed to find you."
    "I know," he said. "The second I left you, I felt the same way."

    I've been waiting for two books for Aria and Perry to make their way Into the Still Blue. The journey hasn't been easy and there have been losses, but there have also been some pretty amazing moments. This book was no exception. I'll admit, I was terrified to read this book after that other dystopian series I loved so much (also written by someone with the initials VR) all but ruined my life last fall. I was so afraid this book would do the same. Series enders are hard and I understand that, but at the same time, I didn't think my heart could take any more tragedy, so I was freaking out a little bit going into this book.

    "He'd said when. Even in his beaten condition, he believed in whens and not ifs. She never should have doubted his strength."

    I'm going to be very cautious to not spoil anything for those who haven't read the book yet. What I will say is that if you loved the first two books, you will love this one just as much. It stayed true to the characters and left me on the edge of my seat as they made their journey. Aria and Perry are absolute perfection. Roar is wonderful. Some of our old favorite characters (and those we didn't like quite so much) were back and there was plenty of action and drama. For a book with 400 pages, it was a quick and easy read and I was enthralled the entire time. There were some moments that were incredibly difficult to read, but I couldn't put the book down. I kept going back and forth between wanting to reach the end and never wanting it to end. I just love these characters. I'm really going to miss them.

    "What I was trying to say," he whispered, "is that I see you in everything. There isn't a word for you that means enough, because you're everything to me."

    I can't possibly write this review without touching again on the relationship between Aria and Perry. Is there a relationship in a YA series like this that's more perfect? These two characters to have come from such drastically different worlds, but they are so well-matched and so believable as a couple. They fit together, each bringing out the best in the other. He made her stronger, she made him more compassionate. Yet, at the same time, they're not whiny and wishy-washy. They can function without being attached to the other at the hip. It's not to say they don't prefer to be together, but they're both strong enough to stand on their own until they're together again. Seriously, I just want to hug them both.

    You know who else I want to hug? The author. Lady, you are amazing. This will go down in history as one of my favorite YA series. Thank you for sharing this story and these characters with us.

    I received a copy of this book from the publisher, via Edelweiss, in exchange for an honest review. All quotes come from the review copy and may differ from the final version. 

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 15, 2014

    Speechless because it was that good. I have no words to describe

    Speechless because it was that good.
    I have no words to describe how awesome this book was, never a dull/boring moment and all the tension/ romance and twists that came about that I was not expecting. I totally recommend this book. If you loved the first two books you WON'T be disappointed with this one. My only wish was that the author would have written an epilogue. I always enjoy reading a bit of how things turn out beyond the end o the story. Cant wait to see what Veronica Rossi will write next.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 31, 2014

    Loved it. It seems like most good books lately the "hero/he

    Loved it.
    It seems like most good books lately the "hero/heroine" has to alway die or end up heart broken at the end.  
    I hate when the key characters you grow to love have to die in order to get the point of the journey.
    It picked right up for the 2nd book never missing a beat. The 3rd book still had action, struggles, worry, sadness and a good ending. 

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 31, 2014

    Oh boy, where do I start?  I suppose I can begin with the simp

    Oh boy, where do I start? 


    I suppose I can begin with the simple, most honest answer I can give and go into depth later on. This book was absolutely amazing! 
    It is definitely a rarity to find a trilogy, like displayed, that has non-stop action, non-over-exaggerated romance, with hints of belly aching humor. 
    Under the Never Sky in itself was a real gem. It had been the perfect mix of sci-fy, dystopian, history. It had tribes living in tents, hunting with bows and arrows, then it had civilizations in domes that could go anywhere they imagined thanks to a gel eye patch and advanced technology, then there were also the special abilities that these tribe members contained. 
    Accompanied by its sequel 'Through the Ever Night' and its ending novel 'Into the Still Blue', it is a treasure chest filled to the brim with exactly what a good story should be. The characters were alive and real. They breathed and ate and slept and I could feel it. I could feel their emotion when faced with painful thoughts or dangerous situations. That's very important for a story's lively hood. Who honestly wants a story where the main character gets shot in the arm per-say and feels no pain, or who doesn't cry when something agonizing occurs? It's unrealistic; it also makes for a very boring story. 

    Aria and Perry are the two main protagonists throughout the trilogy. Like many characters in mediocre stories, you get tired of reading from their point of view. Sometimes you just hate hearing them after a while... well these two are nothing of the sorts. You'll want to hear them again and again and again. They both go through so much it was almost impossible for me to not feel right there next to them. I'll say this, I was extremely dubious of reading this novel, I took so long reading this, much longer than I ever should have taken on it. I was really worried to begin towards the end of the Under the Never Sky trilogy, being that it would mean relinquishing my fictional relationship and saying goodbye to so many well-developed characters like Perry, Aria, Roar and Talon. Through Into the Still Blue you see new alliances, emotional reunions and experience the excruciating pain that some of these characters are burdened with. 
    I also had my doubts if Into the Still Blue would live up to the name that Under the Never Sky had made for itself and Through the Ever Night had supported. I really REALLY didn't want for this book to be a flop like many other sequels or ending novels. 
    I'm elated to say though that it didn't flop. Into the Still Blue was a perfect cap to an astounding trilogy that I look forward to re-reading again in the future; and that's saying a lot since I don't usually re-read novels. It takes a really good book to make me read it a second time. It takes a brilliant writer to make me re-read an entire trilogy. Veronica Rossi is that brilliant author. Veronica had crafted a spectacular, in-depth world full of drama, loss and love. It would be impossible to forget the world where together we journeyed hand-in-hand with Perry 'under a never sky', trekked side-by-side with Aria and Roar 'through an ever night' and arrived, surrounded by the Tides, 'into the still blue.' 
    Thank you Veronica Rossi. Thank you. 

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 30, 2014

    Pleasant ending

    I'm happy with the ending. It picked up where it the second left off. Wrapped up the story nicely.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 29, 2014

    A great read

    I read all three in the series in a couple days. Its a smooth read. Its fun, thrilling, heartwarming and breathtaking.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 29, 2014

    Awsome

    I love love love this book series. A perfect finale.

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  • Posted May 11, 2014

    I got this ARC from The Regulator, the indie bookstore where I l

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 11, 2014

    Awesome!

    This series should be made into movies! Totally original, action packed, moral qualities, amazing characters and setting. What more could a reader ask for?

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  • Posted May 10, 2014

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    There's be a number of book series that have ended recently, and

    There's be a number of book series that have ended recently, and it seem quite a number of them have leaned to the disappointing side. I haven't read all of them, but it seriously lead to some trepidations on my part.

    Perry and Aria have been through so much at this point that I kind felt like they didn't have much of a plan to save all the people depending on them. But, at least the recognize this fact. It really was a game of chance and a lot was riding on Soren. Who, we can all honestly say, we have no idea might decide to switch sides in the middle of the battle. But, I loved the fact that Aria especially never gives up. Even when it seems like all hope is lost, Aria will keep fighting. I admired that she never took the easy way out and gave in to whatever twisted thing Sable might want.

    There are some pretty gruesome scenes that are carried out in this edition. We get to see how evil Sable really is. He has everything planned out to the littlest detail and knows what to do to keep everyone under his thumb. He's not above physical threats and killing those who might get in his way. It's very evident that human life is only another means to be the ultimate ruler. The only one he can't seem to control is Aria and I never could figure out how much that bothered him.

    There are some loss of characters that don't carry the impact that you would expect. One of them was not surprising, but it really seemed one minute this character was there and then they weren't. But, it was because of this I wasn't ever really sure they were truly gone.

    There are some great relationship development throughout this novel. Rossi really fleshes these charcters out to the fullest point. Perri and Aria become a real couple, and one that has way more substance based on mutual respect and love and not infatuation. I also really enjoyed Soren by the end. He's come full circle for the character we meet in book one.

    I was completely satisfied with how this trilogy ended. I hope Veronica Rossi has great things in store for us next.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 6, 2014

    My favorite series.

    That is saying a ton because I have read so many series lately. I can't quite put into words what exactly it was that made these books rise above the rest for me. I truly enjoyed many other YA series of the dystopian genre, but this one really sticks with me. The characters are so real and the relationships that they have with each other are so genuine that it seems as though there really is a still blue out there somewhere and Perry and Aria are living right in the middle of it.
    I also love the friendship facet in this series. The mature way that Aria was able to forgive the ones who had wronged her and keep moving forward in a positive direction was so refreshing. These books have such a strong sense of community and of belonging and of those who needed a place to belong, being welcomed in, that these characters and places felt real.
    I just have to say I love Perry and Aria! I love them apart, I love them with their friends and loved ones, but most of all, I LOVE them together.
    I will read these books again and probably again after that. I am not big on reading stuff over because my To Be Read pile is so huge, but what can I say, this series is my favorite!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 4, 2014

    Didn't disappoint

    Unlike some trilogy writers that put twists on their 3rd book that are disappointing and a let down. Rossi didn't disappoint with her 3rd book. Exciting tale!

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  • Posted April 29, 2014

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    Oh boy.. I've read Into the Still Blue almost 3 months before I

    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. 

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  • Posted April 22, 2014

    Perfect ending to an amazing series!

    I absolutely love and recommend this series to anyone! Male,female, young and old! It is soo well written and grips you in all that is thrown to not only the main characters but supporting characters. Which is what makes it soo good for any person. Into The Still Blue is the perfect ending for the entire series. I can't pick a favorite out of the series because they are all so good, but I love when they end well. I mean the kind of ending that kept you hooked until the last page and left you completely satisfied. All questions answered and all stories and relationships closed. I can't wait for Veronica Rossi's next book! Thank you for writing this beautiful story.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 6, 2014

    Amazing Conclusion

    What can I say, it was incredible. Must read.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 26, 2014

    Love this series

    Love. Love. Love it. Read it, you won't be disappointed.

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  • Posted March 22, 2014

    I Also Recommend:

    Loved the series. A great read and hard to put down.

    Loved the series. A great read and hard to put down.

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