Into the Still Blue by Veronica Rossi (website | twitter)
Other Books Written by This Author: Under the Never Sky | Through the Ever Night
Publication Date: January 28, 2014
Target Audience: Young Adult
Keywords: dystopian, contrasting worlds, trilogy, science fiction, fantasy
Format Read: ARC received from the publisher via Edelweiss. (Thank you!)
Summary: In Rossi’s final book of the series, Aria and Roar must bring their people together in order to save them. They attempt to cross into the still blue, but must make sacrifices and decisions that cause them great sadness and loss.
Please excuse me while I pick myself up off the floor from my hysterical weeping. 2013 was The Year Magan Did Not Finish Any Series. I’m not kidding. There are several I just haven’t been able to say good-bye to. I’m determined to have a bit more closure in 2014 so I’m (hesitantly) starting off the year by saying goodbye to Aria, Perry, and Roar.
I feel like I have to be so careful with my words because I don’t want to give anything away, especially for those of you who have yet to begin the series. One major strength of this third installation was Rossi’s ability to take an imperfect and broken world in which two vastly different cultures collided and bring them together. Were things always easy? No. Was there always peace? Certainly not. All of the differences and struggles definitely made the world richer and more interesting. Seeing how Aria and Perry were forced to bring their people together was absolutely incredible in Into the Still Blue.
In the previous books, there is definitely this sense that something BIG is going to happen, but there’s so much to understand about how Aria and Perry meet, fall in love, and the different dynamics of each people — the Dwellers and the Outsiders. But in ItSB, they’re running out of time. There’s no time to peddle around because everything could crumble around them. I loved the different snippets of each place they had to go and the struggles they had to overcome to achieve their goals. (Again, being super vague. Don’t want to ruin anything for you guys!) Rossi made sure everything was handled very realistically, without anything being too easy or convenient. I greatly admire this because she trusted her characters’ intelligence to work through any chaotic situation she laid before them.
Perhaps the most difficult aspect of Into the Still Blue is wanting to rush to find out what happens and how the story ends, but grappling with the fact that after you’ve turned that final page…it’s all over. It’s the worst dilemma a reader can be faced with. But let me reiterate that you should soak it all up, enjoy the journey, and let your heart experience all the emotions. Rossi’s work deserves to be appreciated.