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

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

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by Veronica Rossi
     
 

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The race for survival comes to a thrilling close in the earth-shattering conclusion to Veronica Rossi's New York Times bestselling Under the Never Sky trilogy.

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 find the fabled Still Blue

Overview

The race for survival comes to a thrilling close in the earth-shattering conclusion to Veronica Rossi's New York Times bestselling Under the Never Sky trilogy.

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 find the fabled Still Blue and bring balance to their world.

Perfect for fans of the Hunger Games and Divergent series, Veronica Rossi's trilogy has been called "inspired, offbeat, and mesmerizing" (Kirkus Reviews, starred review) and "incredibly original" (Seventeen.com). Brimming with romance and danger and building to a climax that will leave you breathless, Into the Still Blue brings this "masterpiece" trilogy to an unforgettable close (Examiner.com).

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)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780062072115
Publisher:
HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date:
01/28/2014
Series:
Under the Never Sky Series , #3
Sold by:
HARPERCOLLINS
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
400
Sales rank:
19,636
File size:
739 KB
Age Range:
14 - 17 Years

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Veronica Rossi graduated from UCLA. The first book in her New York Times bestselling 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. Veronica lives in northern California with her husband and two sons.

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Into the Still Blue 4.7 out of 5 based on 1 ratings. 80 reviews.
Cupcakegirly More than 1 year ago
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!
Kristas_Dust_Jacket More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
kimberlyfaye More than 1 year ago
"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. 
Kat14 More than 1 year ago
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.
M-Melin More than 1 year ago
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. 
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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. 
WhatsBeyondForks More than 1 year ago
Into the Still Blue is the third and final book in the Under the Never Sky trilogy by Veronica Rossi. I enjoyed this trilogy so much more than I thought I would. I thought I'd read another dystopian story and be just kinda "meh" about it, but this one was very well thought out and put together. The societies within the trilogy are complex, as are the characters. I can't give much detail without giving away spoilers, but I'm happy with how it all ended. I'm attached to these characters, especially Roar. He grew on me more and more with each book. I think he needs his own story. I'd like to know how his life turns out.
MyndiL More than 1 year ago
I ended off 2015 with a great book, that happened to be the final book in a great series. I truly enjoyed the Under the Never Sky books and found them to be unique in a genre that's been very popular the past few years. I did honestly wish for different outcomes for certain characters, but we always want things to go our way don't we? I liked the ending didn't tie everything up in a pretty little bow...we are left wondering on some things, and the way the rest came to conclusion was believable. It was truly a hard series to put down or walk away from and I think readers of Sci-fi and/or Dystopia will enjoy the books as much as I did.
holly20 More than 1 year ago
I love this series, each book held up on its own. The action and emotion is this third book lives up to it all. perfect ending to this amazing series.
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A whirl wind of emotions! I loved this series action love hate violence it has it all when I started reading this book i was not looking forward to the ending simply because i didnt want it to end but a happy ending rules the day!
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This whole series was fantastic.
Dazzlamb More than 1 year ago
When you've read all three books in this series you can see a very significant development and distinct suspense curve from UNDER THE NEVER SKY, THROUGH THE EVER NIGHT to INTO THE STILL BLUE. A trilogy with a strong and very harmonious story unit. Veronica Rossi's books are adventurous and wild and have just so much to offer. The Still Blue is this mythical and paradisiac place we've been waiting to discover together with our heroes since the very beginning and now we are as close as never before. This last leg of Aria and Perry's journey isn't any less thrilling and dangerous than the previous instalments. This book is the chance of one last surge of action, to win the final battle against nature and the hellish Aether storms. But the Horns and the Dwellers around Hess aren't any easier to defeat than the Aether. When our friends start into INTO THE STILL BLUE there are many uncertainties weighing them down. How can they get Cinder back? Find the Still Blue and outwit their enemies? You should be prepared to lose more characters in this final battle. INTO THE STILL BLUE is very much about how all three different tribes are trying to achieve their respective goals, about the violence and battle potential between them. The Horns are very rural and big in force, the Dwellers are strong in the research and technology department and the Tides are caring and are putting high importance on the well-being of their people. I guess I know who you'll all be rooting for. Amidst all the chaos and fighting there is Aria and Perry's love for each other, which is soothing and a welcome change. Their romance can be your silent island in the storm-tossed sea of this story. Now there are even more emotions and needs in the relationship of the two. Like other YA couples they are not free of conflicts and problems, but they are always reasonable and talk about what's worrying them at some point at least. One could think after I liked all three UNDER THE NEVER SKY BOOKS so much, I should finally be able to give this last book in the trilogy the full five-star rating. Here's why, besides the very good last book that it was, I wasn't completely happy with the ending. Veronica Rossi reserved a good amount of chapters to tell us what's in it for our characters in future and tries to tie up every single story thread in the end. I wasn't convinced that she used the time we readers get to spend with our characters in the end economically enough. Some expendable scenes were simply stealing time from my precious last happy minutes with Aria and all the others. You can imagine I wasn't okay with that. I guess you see, this isn't the worst critique one could have about a book, wanting to always know more about your favourite characters in the end and to hope that their story never ends. 4,5/5 ****/* INTO THE STILL BLUE - The astute and perilously wonderful conclusion to the much beloved UNDER THE NEVER SKY series. I only started the UNDER THE NEVER SKY series in the summer of 2013 and didn't have to wait too long to read the second and third books. Now I'm letting my favourite characters go with mixed feelings and can all but hope that we'll meet again soon in an UNDER THE NEVER SKY spin-off series. I'm so glad that everyone who discovers this series now can get all three books at the same time. Think of this series when you are planning your next special book series reading weekend.
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WishEnd More than 1 year ago
The stakes are so much higher in this final installment to the Under the Never Sky Series. Aria and Perry's group had such a small chance of making it to the Still Blue, of fighting their way to safety and freedom. It was a long battle full of mistakes and betrayal, of desperation and loyalty. There were parts that made me so angry. I really, really disliked some of these characters. Villains, of course, and Sable specifically. The plot was fabulous! Just so much going on and all these moving parts and then things fall into place so beautifully. Well, maybe beautifully isn't the right word because it's rather scary, violent, and dirty, but it all fits these characters, this story, and this series, so it is beautiful in that way and in how right everything felt in the end. I was really happy with how it all ended. I'm really looking forward to reading whatever Rossi writes next! Content: Violence and sexual content. Source: From the publisher through Edelweiss, which did not affect my review in any way.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Loved this whole series. This book was a great ending to the whole tale.
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