Monday, March 17, 2014

Into the Still Blue

Author: Veronica Rossi
Info: HarperCollins, copyright 2014, 389 pages

A review in 10 words (or thereabouts): A cautionary tale on why we need to protect our natural resources...and there's a cute boy involved :)

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.

Within the confines of a cave they're using as a makeshift refuge, they struggle to reconcile their people, Dwellers and Outsiders, who are united only in their hatred of their desperate situation. Meanwhile, time is running out to rescue Cinder, who was abducted by Hess and Sable for his unique abilities. Then Roar arrives in a grief-stricken fury, endangering all with his need for revenge.

Out of options, Perry and Aria assemble an unlikely team for an impossible rescue mission. 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.

~Goodreads Description~

I finished a series!  Did you hear that blog-o-sphere?!  Emily has actually finished a series in the same year that the final book was released!  This shouldn't be such a huge accomplishment, but it soooo is :)

The Awesome
Rossi does it right.  She doesn't offer half a book of backstory.  She dives right in to the action, assuming the reader can do his or her job of remembering what has happened in previous titles.  And her characters!  Oh her characters are the best part of the story.  The world is terrifying.  The storyline intense.  But the characters pull it all together.  Aria isn't a damsel in distress.  She puts herself out there, despite danger and frustration, and works with the boys to find a solution to a problem.  Roar!  Sweet, gentle, fierce Roar is full of emotion and compassion but can kill you in the blink of an eye.  And Peregrine...oh Perry, how I adore him.  He has the weight of an entire tribe on his shoulders, despite near impossible odds, he doesn't give in.  He doesn't allow his anger and sadness to rule his actions.  And he's dreamy.

The Not So Awesome
I was expecting a lot of action, but I felt a lull halfway through the book.  Aria, Soren, Roar, and Perry find themselves prisoners in the Komodo, a moving fortress of sorts, and the action falls off quite a bit.  There's a lot of crying, a lot of pining, but not action.  Rossi does start to show the division between the factions which is interesting though, and the story talks a lot about power, the abuse of power, the use of power to intimidate and contain.  Then there's the end (which I fully admit I read first because I'm just like that).  It was a little clean and maybe a bit unbelievable.  It turned out exactly as I had hoped it would...but is that always a good thing?

Despite my concerns, I absolutely loved the conclusion.  The characters find resolution, good triumphs, and there's hope for a brighter future.  I'm okay with that!

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