Review: Into the Still Blue by Veronica Rossi

February 23, 2014 Reviews 4 ★★★

Into the Still Blue by Veronica Rossi
Series: Under the Never Sky # 3
Published by HarperCollins on January 28, 2014
Genres: Science Fiction
Pages: 389
Format: eARC
Source: Publisher
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.

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

It wasn’t until I was about halfway through Into the Still Blue that I realized how much I disliked the relationship between Aria and Roar.  Yes, I know that platonic relationships can exist between gorgeous (and straight) men and women.  But it seems like Rossi couldn’t decide whether she wanted to create a legitimate love triangle or whether she wanted to keep Aria and Roar “just friends.”  Instead, the pair have a relationship that attempts to straddle the two extremes.  I’ll go ahead and call this a “two-thirds love triangle,” because aside from the fact that Aria and Perry have sex, what else distinguishes that relationship from Aria and Roar?  There was one scene where Aria looks at Perry and Roar side by side, and she thinks about how “magnificent” they both are.  That’s an odd way to think about your platonic best friend, and it highlighted the fact that Aria can barely distinguish the two.  If a reader who is unfamiliar with this series was to pick up this book and read a few random passages, I think he/she would have a difficult time picking out who was Aria’s love interest and who was her friend.  (Not counting the smoochy scenes, of course.)

Aside from my problems with Roar’s relationship with Aria, I was disappointed with how his grief over Liv sidelined him for most of the story.  He was my favorite character in the first two books, but I did not like how his grief was portrayed via mega-doses of sulking and pouting.  I loved the lightness and humor he brought to the story, but almost none of that was here.  Instead, he was stashed away in a corner in both literal and metaphorical senses, glaring and making sarcastic comments and generally being an ass.  I could barely tolerate him in this book, and when he magically transforms back into his old self, it was less than believable.

I loved UTNS, I was less enthralled with with TTEN, and with Into the Still Blue, I found myself wishing they’d just get to the Still Blue already.  The skirmishes between Dwellers and Outsiders were becoming tedious and repetitive, and I lost count of how many times a fight ended with a person getting grabbed and then having a gun pointed a his or her head while empty threats were shouted.  There was some silliness in the end involving unsurprising plot twists and a death fake-out, and it all added up to a mediocre ending that was able to coast a bit on the good feelings it gave me from the first book.





4 Responses to “Review: Into the Still Blue by Veronica Rossi”

  1. Nicole

    You bring up a very good point with the relationship between Aria and Roar. There really isn’t much of a difference between that relationship and the one Aria and Perry have. This is a love triangle in disguise in a way.

    I haven’t read this one yet, I am waiting for it to come in at the library as an audiobook. Yours is the first review I’ve seen that has been less than glowing but with some good reasons. I wonder how I will feel. I liked TTEN more than UTNS but I still don’t feel as in awe of this series as a lot of other people. Thanks for sharing!

    Nicole @ The Quiet Concert

    • Stephanie

      I hope you enjoy it as a audiobook, Nicole!

      I agree – I don’t get the awe, either. Part of the problem for with ITSB is that I wrote this review on the same day I finished Cress, which was incredible. It seemed so weak compared to Cress.

  2. Kristen@My Friends Are Fiction

    I really enjoyed each of these books but the first was my favorite. I think your comments about Roar and Aria are very interesting! I’d not really looked at it like that before. I really would like to do a reread of all the books since I had a long while between each. Great review!
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    • Stephanie

      Maybe the short time in which I read these three books contributed to my problem with Aria and Roar, in the sense that her view of his “magnificence” seemed based on very little.

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