Thursday, January 24, 2013

Through the Ever Night: a review

By Veronica Rossi
Book Trailer:

4 / 5 Gnomes

A review in 10 words or less: Imagine electrical tornado storms, like, all the time.  Pretty scary.

It's been months since Aria learned of her mother's death.

Months since Perry became Blood Lord of the Tides, and months since Aria last saw him. 

Now Aria and Perry are about to be reunited. It's a moment they've been longing for with countless expectations. And it's a moment that lives up to all of them. At least, at first. Then it slips away. The Tides don't take kindly to former Dwellers like Aria. And the tribe is swirling out of Perry's control. With the Aether storms worsening every day, the only remaining hope for peace and safety is the Still Blue. But does this haven truly exist? 

Threatened by false friends and powerful temptations, Aria and Perry wonder, Can their love survive through the ever night? In this second book in her spellbinding Under the Never Sky trilogy, Veronica Rossi combines fantasy and sci-fi elements to create a captivating adventure—and a love story as perilous as it is unforgettable. 

~Amazon Description~ 

The Breakdown:

Oh, where to begin.  Basically, the world as Aria and Perry know it is falling apart.  Aria is in a rush to find the Still Blue and save Talon from the evil clutches of Hess in Reverie, and Perry is in a rush to save his tribe from the onslaught of terrifying aether storms that are ravishing his territory.  There's a lot of rushing.  And to top it all off, Aria and Roar (who is like, the best guy ever) leave Perry, who is on the verge of losing the respect of the Tides.

The Awesome:

There are a lot of fun books, especially dystopias, that have great storylines but lack character development.  Rossi does both exceptionally well.  You get to know all of the key players while an intricate story develops around them.  She even manages to work in some heavy hitter questions that are essential to a good dystopia: is the well fare of a few better than the well-fare of the whole?  Is one person's life weighted more important than another's?  Will bigotry survive an apocalypse?  I've really been enjoying her writing style and passing it off to others I know will appreciate it as well.

And there's also her dreamy boys.  Perry and Roar...equally parts fractured and strong, fearful and courageous.  Dreamboats.

One thing I can't quite seem to figure out...locations.  Where are the Tides?  Where is Sable?  If they are really far apart, how are they getting to these places on foot so quickly?  Or towards the end of the book, on horseback?

The Not So Awesome:

I have no "Not So Awesome" to contribute at this time.

Read it.  Really.  You'll enjoy it.  I promise.  But don't forget to read Under the Never Sky first because you'll be totally confused if you don't.

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