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Series: Under the Never Sky #2
Published by HarperCollins on January 8th 2013
Genres: Dystopian, Young Adult
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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.
The love I have for this book, this series! I admittedly was afraid to start this one, not because I thought I wouldn’t like it, but because I honestly could not remember a lot of the details of the first book, Under the Never Sky (my review). I went back and checked how long it has been and discovered I read it in October 2011. That feels like forever ago in book world for me. lol And of all the waiting in between sequels, I think it is the Dystopians I forget the most about purely because some are very similar and the worlds and details can be pretty intricate. Luckily as I read, bits and pieces started to come back to me, as well as some helpful notes from a friend. However, I do wish I had re-read for a refresher.
But enough about that… this sequel was a shining star with no sophomore slump in sight! YAY! There were cute and sweet moments between Aria and Perry as well as a plot full of action. With the Aether storms growing in intensity, Perry tackling his new role as Blood Lord, and Talon still being held hostage by Hess in Reverie, there was plenty to keep us turning the pages this time around. Aria continued to impress me with her wit, bravery, and dedication. She doesn’t take crap from anybody and can completely hold her own. Perry had some real struggles but he is just the most loyal character. He cares about every single one of his people and refuses to give up on them. So admirable. The two of them together are just, perfection.
I remember liking Roar a whole lot before, but after reading this book, I LOVE him! He is full of confidence and humor, but we also see more of how in love he is with Perry’s sister Liv. I have not read the novella, Roar and Liv yet, but I definitely plan to now! I just love how everything is coming together with Cinder as well. We learn a little bit more about who he is, what he can do, and how detrimental he is to this world.
Just like the dual points of view in Under the Never Sky, I thought it worked amazingly well once again. As our main characters of Aria and Perry are apart for a good section of the story, we are able to see what is going on from all angles. Every time I would get to the end of a chapter for either Aria or Perry, I would be left hanging, wanting to continue with what was happening on their end. But then the next chapter would achieve the same thing with the alternate character! This system really had me flying though the book at a much faster pace than is usual for me.
I can see the bits and pieces coming together to prepare us for the final novel. We get just enough answers to satisfy and set the tone. Often times I can’t see how a series will wrap up with only one book left. The sophomore edition in a trilogy can feel like it has left too many open-ends and questions, but I truly feel like we are perfectly set up for an explosive ending that I cannot wait for! If you have not yet started these books, I implore you to do so, ASAP!