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May 29 2014

Into the still blue by Veronica Rossi

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Under the never sky series, bk 3. Atom, 2014. ISBN 9781907411076. (Age: 13+) Recommended. Dystopian. Survival. The final in Under the never sky series, following Under the never sky and Through the ever night, Into the still blue finds Perry and Aria in a desperate bid to save the Dwellers and the Outsiders by entering into the elusive Still Blue, where the Aether is calm and where they can set up a settlement free from storms and destruction. Both Perry and Aria have been tested in the first two books and it takes all their leadership skills, determination and sacrifice to fight their way to a satisfying conclusion. An engrossing read, Into the still blue brings a very good series to a somewhat rushed but very rewarding conclusion. The growth and depth of the characters stand out. Both Perry and Aria have to make sacrifices and to think about what is best for all the survivors, even if they are at odds with each other. Roar is helped through his grief and desolation by Aria's understanding and Perry's friendship. The role of the villains, Sable and Hess, is explored more fully as the group stages an attempted rescue of Cinder and the reader begins to understand their motivations. Cinder is crucial to everyone's survival and Perry stays by his side as they try to navigate through the Aether, even though it may mean death for both of them. Soren becomes an essential part of the story and grows into a much more likeable character who is prepared to use his skills for the greater good. The action is thrilling as Aria and Perry fight to gain access to the craft that will take them into the Still Blue. There is bloodshed, sacrifice and a touch of romance, all of which combine to make this an enthralling story as the reader breathlessly follows the group's attempt to gain safety from the Aether. Fans of The hunger games will delight in this series, with its interesting ideas, compelling dialogue and heartbreaking moments. Pat Pledger

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