Into the Still Blue
By Veronica Rossi
January 28, 2014
Ages 12 and up
Publisher: Harper Teen
Reviewed: Ebook/ARC from Publisher
This review is for the conclusion of a trilogy. Spoilers for any previous novels may be present.
At a time when series endings occasionally leave a bitter taste in the readers mouth, here arrives INTO THE STILL BLUE by Veronica Rossi like a ray on sunshine on the horizon. INTO THE STILL BLUE is a superb ending to a trilogy that has entranced this reader from the very beginning. In fact, it is without a doubt the most satisfying series conclusion I have read this year.
I am praising the ending to this series, not because it fulfilled my own needs/wants as a reader, but because it brings the story to a realistic and well-plotted conclusion. Suffice to say, there is plenty of sadness (and not to mention, tears) to be had in this installment. Not to spoil the previous two books to those reading this review right now (To those who have not yet read the first two books I say this: What are you doing?! Stop reading this review and go get those two books, Under the Never Sky and Through the Ever Night, NOW!) I think it goes without saying that the ultimate goal of reaching the land beyond the aether, what the people call the Still Blue, is not without its risks. If you expect everyone to make it to the other side alive or for anyone to make it at all well, you need to adjust your thinking before you dive INTO THE STILL BLUE.
What I loved most about the characters in this book is the way that their relationships and personalities have evolved due to the events that have occurred previously, as well as because of the events that have yet to happen in INTO THE STILL BLUE. Aria, most of all, has progressed beautifully beyond the spoiled, ignorant girl she wasUnder the Never Sky, and has learned from her insecurities and the knowledge she gained in her journeys Through the Ever Night. The relationship between Perry and Aria has also undergone the same evolution. While Aria still outwardly displays a bit more confidence than Perry, gone are their melodramatic and petty issues from the previous books. Their relationship is stronger than ever and I enjoyed reading about how they deal with their ongoing worldly problems together on a more grown up level.
Still, their romance is put on the back-burner for much of the novel, allowing for more action in this aptly described heart-pounding installment. INTO THE STILL BLUE is, without a doubt, the most exciting of the three books. The author provides plenty of twists and turns, driving her story along its most natural course, leading up her characters inevitable plight into the Still Blue. Veronica covers all bases in ensuring that it wont be easy to get there. History shows that exploration and the discovery of new land has often led to war in the past and the quest for the Still Blue will be no exception. While reading, I often found myself wondering: Why cant they all just get along and go together?! Until I remembered that there is a very, very good reason as to why these guys dont get along Argh!! So much tension, guys. So. Much. Tension
My heart pounded harder with every page is turned in INTO THE STILL BLUE. I cannot say this about either of the previous two novels.
There were some discoveries and surprises along the way that I honestly did not see coming. A character that I hadnt even thought of in the past (and probably should have thought of) makes an unexpected appearance. This character also adds some secondary drama and further difficulty in Arias life as well as for the decisions she is forced to make. Rest assured, this is 100% non-romantic related drama. It is something Im sure that Veronica had planned all along, but she finally addresses it in this book because 1) it was the right moment and 2) in order to dot her is and cross her ts before typing THE END. And that is all I will say about that.
Oh, and suffice to say, even Roar and the aftermath of his tragedy that occurred inThrough the Ever Night is dealt with in an appropriate manner. Veronica really knew where to take her story for all of her characters.
If youre already a fan of this series, you will be pleased to know that it comes to a thrilling and satisfying end with INTO THE STILL BLUE. If you havent yet started the story of Aria and Perry perhaps you should get on that, and rest assured that jumping into this series wont lead to a conclusion that leaves you with a sour taste in your mouth.
Without a doubt, I am likely to read anything that Veronica Rossi writes from here on out even if she decides to write obituary notices for the local newspaper.