Donna Reads: Into the Still Blue

Still BlueInto 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.

Donna Reads: Brooke (Under the Never Sky, #2.5)

brookeBrooke (Under the Never Sky, #2.5) by Veronica Rossi is another novella in the Under the Never Sky series. Brooke is a member of the Tides, an Outsider society who live a primitive sort of existence, struggling to survive in a dystopian world. Brooke has been in love with Perry, the Blood Lord leader of the Tides, for years. Brooke is forced to admit that Perry has never returned her love, and he now loves another, Aria a member of the Dwellers.

This short story helps to expand upon some of the series’ favorite characters and gives background information that is helpful and interesting to fans of the series. Brooke was never one of my favorite characters. I thought she was a little selfish and nasty. This novella, to me, didn’t do a lot to make me like her more. She struggles to adjust to being without Perry, and she flirts with and kisses several other men over the span of a few pages. I am hoping that she gets her act together and becomes more likeable in the final book in the series. I can see the author setting various scenarios up, and I have a good idea how Brooke’s story may end. I recommend this if you are an avid reader of the series. It’s a quick read.

Donna Reads: Through the Ever Night

evernightIn Through the Ever Night (the second book in the Under the Never Sky series) by Veronica Rossi, we continue with the story of Aria and Perry. In this dystopian society, a solar flare has destroyed Earth’s magnetic field and massive electronic storms threaten to destroy the planet. Aria was raised as a Dweller, living inside an artificial, enclosed pod community. Perry was raised as an Outsider, living in a more primitive, tribal society. In this second book, they spend a great deal of time apart. Perry introduces Aria to his tribe, and they are slow to accept her. An attempt is made on her life. Aria leaves with Roar, Perry’s childhood friend, to try to rescue Liv, Perry’s sister. Liv has been “sold” by Perry’s older brother, Vale. She has been given in marriage to a cruel man in exchange for food for the tribe. Perry struggles to maintain control of the tribe while keeping them safe from the Aether storms.

I raced through this book. Given that I work full-time and go to school part-time, I still managed to finish this one in three days. I couldn’t put it down, and when I did start reading it, I was totally absorbed in the story and the characters. As I stated in my review of Under the Never Sky, the author does a fantastic job at keeping the characters real and true to their given personalities. I love that about these books. You can trust the characters to do what you are thinking and hoping that they will do. There is heartbreak, romance, action and lots of excitement in this story. Aria’s character continues to grow and get stronger as she adapts to and thrives in life outside the pod community. I can’t wait to begin the conclusion, Into the Still Blue, but I will be sad and sorry to see the series end.

Donna Reads: Roar and Liv (Under the Never Sky 0.5)

roarandlivAw, I liked this! I see reviewers calling it cheesy. So what? It’s cute, and I think it adds to the general storyline. I had no idea who Roar was in Under the Never Sky (I picked up the series late in the game). I also wanted to know more about Perry’s sister, Liv. This novella helps flesh out why things happen the way they do in Under the Never Sky. It was nice to have the extra background, and I read this short story after I finished Under the Never Sky. It might have made sense to read it first, but I didn’t know it was book 0.5 in the series. If you are a fan of the series, I think it makes sense to read this short story, too.