Review of Into the Still Blue by Veronica Rossi

Into the Still Blue (Under the Never Sky, #3)Into the Still Blue
By: Veronica Rossi
Publisher: HarperCollins
Release Date: January 28th 2014

A copy was sent to me by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

My Rating:

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.

The Story:
I have been a fan of this series since it began with Under the Never Sky, which will always be my favorite since it was my introduction to Rossi’s writing. With this series conclusion I was immediately swept up in Rossi’s world building and character interactions. Into the Still Blue continued with all of the things I loved about the first two books and added a conclusion that I found to be satisfying if not a tad bit anti-climatic.

I felt that the story was equally full of wrapping up loose threads, action and building on the character’s development within themselves and with each other. Though I did not reread the prior books I had no problem slipping back into Aria and Perry’s story. It’s hard for me to really speak of any details concerning plot since there would be spoilers, but suffice it to say I was pleased with the outcome.

The Characters:
I love the story that Rossi has created but the characters in this series really are the reason I love it so much. The relationship between Perry and Aria is very realistic and I feel that it matures as they do. I love that they had growing pains and problems but there wasn’t unnecessary drama. Their relationship was refreshing because of their affection, respect and treatment of one another.

Roar and Aria had a friendship and dynamic that I don’t recall finding in young adult before; a male and female relationship that was strictly platonic though there was real deep-seeded affection between the two. I loved how their dialog was easy going and how they bounced off one another. Roar, in general, had some of the best dialog through out the series. I think it’s safe to say that he was able to steal all of our hearts.

I found Perry’s relationship with Cinder to be incredibly heartbreaking because of the emotional blocks each had to overcome. Really, each character was developed and had substantial growth over the duration of the three books. Having read their stories, I feel a connection to each of them that I won’t soon forget.

Final Thoughts:
Anyone that has been a fan of the series will enjoy this final book. Rossi treats her readers to a fully thought out conclusion to a story that has swept so many of us away. I am so curious about what project she has up next. Anyone know?


  1. says

    I’m extremely excited to read this book! It’s gonna be very bittersweet to read, cause the ending of any series you love is, but I’m glad to hear the ending was satifying and not so polarizing as others (coughAllegiantcough).

    I agree that the relationships and the characters in this books are what makes them stand up so much from other dystopians out there. I was so happy that Aria & Roar’s friendship was kept like that, a friendship and not as a way to introduce a love triangle!

    Thank you for such a great spoiler-free review!

  2. says

    One of these days I will catch up to you in all of these series. As you know, I have not yet read the first book here. I am going to have to make a list of every time I type this on your blog so that I can remember to come back and comment properly once I get these read.

    How does this series rank compared to Lunar Chronicles?

    • says

      Oh, I couldn’t really compare them. I read Under the Never Sky when it first came out and it cemented a place in my heart immediately. I love both series–yea, I couldn’t say which I prefer. I feel that this series has a deeper look at the relationships than the Lunar Chronicles. I say read them both SOON-then you tell me which you prefer 🙂

  3. says

    Ahhhhh, I’ve been meaning to comment on your review all weekend! I love that we posted our reviews on the same day, haha.

    You made a lot of EXCELLENT points – of course I totally forgot to touch on Cinder in my review (or did I subconsciously avoid it? too many emotions!!), but his and Perry’s relationship has to be one of my favorites, as well. Gah.

    You’re right about the ending being a tad anti-climactic, maybe a little slow? But that didn’t really bother me too much. I felt like it was a realistic place to take the story – maybe not the best place to *stop*, but I liked having that quiet moment I guess.

    I can’t believe the series is overrrrr… :'(

    • says

      I agree about the quiet moments. I’d really like to do a binge reread and really get ALL THE FEELS. I’m with you…my heart hurts that it’s over *sobs* I really can’t believe it is over and Perry, Aria, Roar stories are wrapped up and we’ll not read any new adventures with them. Ok, made myself very sad there. I’m sure Rossi will sweep us away with her next book.

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