Into the Still Blue by Veronica Rossi
Under the Never Sky #3
Release Date: January 28, 2014
Source: Publisher (Edelweiss)
Star 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.
Under the Never Sky has been a trilogy that I've been very much enjoying. I was a giant fan of the first book, and the second book was great. Unfortunately - yeah, you all see where this is going - Into the Still Blue fell completely flat for me.
While I still enjoyed the book, I don't feel any strong emotions towards it, nor did I while I was reading. It didn't tug on the heartstrings like I was expecting it to, I didn't cry over Roar or Aria, and the ending completely dragged. I have no idea what happened, because I was once so invested in this world and in these characters. Roar was a particular favourite of mine, and I was expecting to feel at least something for him while he grieved in this book. But I didn't.
Into the Still Blue wasn't boring, exactly. I still enjoyed it, and was quite entertained. I just didn't get that heart racing feeling that I should have. I wasn't flipping through pages at the speed of light, trying to figure out what happens next. Because very little did actually happen. Looking back, I can think of two major things that stand out, and that's it. There were no natural disasters, no epic deaths or battles or crying scenes. It was just simply just happening.
I feel like this review reflects the actual book. Nothing much was going on, it flowed at a steady pace, the characters were all in the background of their own story, and the whole thing was simply unmemorable. Which is severely disappointing, because I was expecting great things. I know that in a month's time, I will have forgotten most of this book. Even now, I'm struggling to pull up some details.
For a series so loved and adored, Into the Still Blue is an awful instalment, simply because it should have been brilliant. All the elements were there at the beginning to make it so, but for some reason it just wasn't.