Through the Ever Night by Veronica Rossi
Published: January 8th 2013 by HarperCollins
Source: ARC from publisher
Synopsis: It’s been months since Aria last saw Perry. Months since Perry was named Blood Lord of the Tides, and Aria was charged with an impossible mission. Now, finally, they are about to be reunited. But their reunion is far from perfect. The Tides don’t take kindly to Aria, a former Dweller. And with the worsening Aether storms threatening the tribe’s precarious existence, Aria begins to fear that leaving Perry behind might be the only way to save them both.
Threatened by false friends, hidden enemies, 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 dystopian elements to create a captivating love story as perilous as it is unforgettable.
I read Under the Never Sky in January (and reviewed it here), and my only complaints were the terrible pacing and the unresolved ending, which fortunately, did not plague the sequel. While this book lacked some of the magic of the first (no crazy cannibals or sexy berry scenes) it was a well-plotted and energetic sequel that avoided the second book slump so often found in series. With an excellent balance between action and character development, this series continues to be a stand-out in a crowded field of young adult post-apocalyptic sci-fi/fantasy.
WORLD-BUILDING and PLOT
I’m trying to keep this review relatively spoiler-free, so forgive me if this is vague. The outstanding world-building Rossi delivered in Under the Never Sky continues in Through the Ever Night. This installment further develops the ‘hows’ and ‘whys’ of this post-apocalyptic world on the brink of even further disaster, and further increases the stakes. While some series feel as if they are unnecessarily stretched out, each chapter of this book is critical to the over all story; there’s no fluff stuffed in here to fill it out. Chocked full of action and plot twists, this book is hard to put down and keeps you on the edge of your seat. I’m anxious to find out how this series concludes in Into the Still Blue but feel like Through the Ever Night ended at an appropriate point. This sequel is executed well.
I continued to be surprised by how much I cared about all of the secondary characters in this series. Of course there is Roar and Liv, whose tragic love was heart-wrenching. I was as invested in their fate as Aria and Perry’s. Marron and Cinder prove they’re importance to the story, and I was pleased with how much of a role they play.
The subtle way that Rossi has constructed her villains is impressive. Even those who are operating contrary to Aria and Perry’s goals aren’t portrayed as simply evil—they are fighting to survive, too. I can sympathize and relate to them, even if I’m cheering for Aria and Perry!
The strongest element of Under the Never Sky was the slowly burning romance between Peregrine and Aria, and it continues to be the most appealing aspect in the sequel, even though Aria and Perry spend the majority of the story apart. This separation made sense and wasn’t artificially angsty. I loved that Rossi challenged their relationship by presenting them with other romantic options to test their bond without doing a full blown love triangle. Their doubts and struggles felt believable without being overly dramatic. The very real and immediate threats of their environment and their obligations to others takes precedent over their romance, and it makes it all the more satisfying. I’m completely invested in their relationship.
In the Still Blue is at the top of my 2014 to-read list. This is a series not to be missed.
Jamie at The Perpetual Page Turner: “The action was intense and heart-pounding but this story was also ridden with quiet, sweet moments and just top-notch character development.”
Katy Upperman: “Sweeping external conflict combined with super emotional internal conflict made their romance so captivating and so real. I was rooting for them not just because their kisses are steamy and their banter is fun (both true), but because I could feel the way they cared about each other — deep down, and with everything in them.”