Published: February 6th 2014 by HachetteAU
Format: Paperback, 389 pages
Genres: Post Apocalyptic
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Their love and their leadership have been tested. Now it's time for Perry and Aria to unite the Dwellers and the Outsiders in one last desperate attempt to bring balance to their world.
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.
Meanwhile, time is running out to rescue Cinder, who was abducted by Hess and Sable for his unique abilities. And when Roar returns to camp, he is so furious with Perry that he won't even look at him, and Perry begins to feel like they have already lost.
Out of options, Perry and Aria assemble a team to mount an impossible rescue mission - because 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.
I’ve loved every moment of my time with Aria and Perry, discovering their exotic world, getting to know them and their loved ones, and seeing them grow into the wonderful people they become in this book. It’s with some sadness that I say goodbye to them. Regardless, when I turned the last page of Into the Still Blue, I felt compelled to give it a little cuddle because of how perfect I think the last instalment of this adventure is.
The romantic plot line in this series has always been one of my favourite things because of how refreshing it is. There isn’t any faux drama introduced between the couple in this book, and they’re instead focussed on learning/figuring out how to be a couple and how to balance everything and everyone in their lives. Their dedication and love for each other is never in doubt and I loved it. They also talk about everything, including when they’re not happy with each other’s communication skills, which is awesome. I feel like they’re one of the few realistic relationships in YA, where their story isn’t only about the chase but also about actually being in a relationship.
The action of this book is focussed on the last obstacle that stands between the Tides and the Still Blue: Sable and Hess. But the Tides are reeling from a grave personal loss and have to learn to work with the Dwellers they rescued from the Pod. I think that there was a lot going on in the book but the plot never got lost. Everything was dealt organically and ultimately I feel that Into the Still Blue has dealt with all the character arcs masterfully. I’ve always loved that Rossi has never shied away from the realities of the world she has created, and doesn’t spare her characters the struggles, sacrifices and hardships they would realistically endure.
I think the choice to tell this story in dual point of view, as with the earlier books, is perfectly suited for the action. It’s necessary for readers to know what both Aria and Perry are thinking and feeling. The writing is clear and emotive, and vividly paints everything, the setting, the characters, the exciting action.
This book is breathtaking, exquisitely crafted and an absolute pleasure to read. The experience has been bittersweet, and I am loath to say goodbye, but I’ll have to content myself with the novellas that go with this series and eagerly look forward to anything else that Rossi writes. I heartily recommend this series to those looking for a story with a difference.