Into the Still Blue is the final installment in the Under the Never Sky series by Veronica Rossi. It continues the story of Aria and Perry. Aria is recovering from a gunshot wound she received while trying to rescue her friends and other Dwellers from the pod society where she’d grown up. Cinder, a young boy in Perry’s tribe, has been kidnapped because of his ability to control Aether, the weird energy storms that devastate the countryside and are destroying the earth. Cinder is needed to reach the Still Blue, a land that supposedly exists where the skies are calm and blue, and the land is not burnt and destroyed. Aria and Perry must find a way to rescue Cinder and lead the Tides tribe to safety in the Still Blue.
Wow, what a series. This has been one of the most enjoyable dystopian series I have ever read. I have praised the author’s characterizations in her other books. They stay true in this novel, too. There is action, heartbreak, suspense, danger and romance. I raced through the second half of this book on a sick day home. I couldn’t put it down until I finished it.
If I have one complaint at all about this final book and the series conclusion it is that the villain does not suffer enough. He meets his end, but it happens so fast. All along he has known what others are plotting and planning and no one seems to be able to outsmart him. He was such a vile, horrible man who tortured and killed others without batting an eyelash that I thought he should have suffered more. I had to go back and re-read the fight and death scene because it was over so quickly. He was rapidly overcome (what happened to his knowing what everyone was planning?), and his ending was so quick (suddenly he is slower and weaker?). It was hard to feel closure and satisfaction. It sounds bloodthirsty on my part, but it wasn’t enough. Also, he was killed by one character, but I would have preferred another character getting his revenge on this horrible man.
All in all, this was a great series, though, and I highly recommend it.