A Riveting Conclusion: A Review of INTO THE STILL BLUE by Veronica Rossi

INTO THE STILL BLUE (Under the Never Sky, #3) 
Veronica Rossi
400 pages
Publisher: HarperTeen
Release Date: January 28th, 2014
Source: Publisher
Rating: LOVED


The earth-shattering conclusion to Veronica Rossi’s “masterpiece” Under the Never Sky trilogy and sequel to the New York Times bestselling Through the Ever Night (Examiner.com).

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.

In this final book in her stunning Under the Never Sky trilogy, Veronica Rossi raises the stakes to their absolute limit and brings her epic love story to an unforgettable close.

If there’s one thing I’ve learned from reading Veronica Rossi’s amazing debut trilogy, it’s this: be grateful for the stars.

Because the open skies and starlit nights are the reason behind the suffering of the people in Rossi’s futuristic world. And now that it has come to an end, I expected to want more, to be upset that it’s over, to be… sad. But as sad as I was, I wasn’t left with that sad, nagging feeling of longing.

Why? Because Veronica Rossi is one of the best writers out there. She knows what she’s doing.

She took a simple dystopian plot (the Dwellers with their SmartEyes living in a Pod) and churned in the environment (the Aether – believe me, you haven’t read anything like it before) with Savages who aren’t as savage as they’re called.

And while they were two separate groups in UNDER THE NEVER SKY and THROUGH THE EVER NIGHT, they come together in INTO THE STILL BLUE. It’s not all sunshine and rainbows though, and along with the racing, action-filled plot, we watch as the two groups struggle to accept one another—which they must, if anyone is to survive.

INTO THE STILL BLUE was a race. A race to a finish line, a race of competing emotions, and a race that was all the more real because of the need to survive, or die. Because this time, the clock is ticking.

As for my emotions: INTO THE STILL BLUE twisted them like fresh dough. I felt each death like a blow, because I was so invested in the characters, friend or foe. My heart shattered at the enmity between best friends, and rejoiced at each union and smile. Veronica Rossi knows how to pack a punch, and I mean it. Yet still, by the last line, I felt whole. Not torn, not hanging, whole. And content.

All in all, INTO THE STILL BLUE was a riveting conclusion to a wonderful series. I remember winning one of the first ARCs of her debut, and I can’t wait to see what she has in store for us next!

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Hafsah Faizal is a YA author, designer, and blogger. Her designs have graced the sites of New York Times bestselling authors, bloggers, and more. She resides in Texas, with her family.



  1. Reply

    Alyssa Susanna (The Eater of Books!)

    January 20, 2014

    So glad you enjoyed this one! I’m really happy how this novel wrapped up the series. This one didn’t get me all twisted up, but I’m not saying that it wouldn’t, as it did with you. I did love the “race” feeling to it! I’m sad to see this series end, but Rossi gave it a fitting ending. I look forward to reading more of her books!

    Great review, Hafsah :)

    Alyssa @ The Eater of Books!