Series: Under the Never Sky #2 (Read my review of UtNS)
Author: Veronica Rossi
Release Date: January 8, 2013
Source: From the publisher through Edelweiss (Thanks!)
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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?
Under the Never Sky was one of my ultimate favorite books of 2012, and when I love a book so much, I'm usually terrified to read the second book. Will it live up to the first one? Will I like the direction the author went in? Will I agree with major plot choices? It's like I'm scared to trust my characters and their world with the author a second time, for fear that their first time was a fluke and I'll end up hating everything if it continues. Committing to a trilogy, is a major investment for me. I hoped and hoped that I'd still love Veronica after Through the Ever Night, and I DO! I was right to trust her with Perry, Aria, Roar, and the crazy world they live in. This book was amazing, and I might die waiting for the concluding novel. As always, my main points are bolded. :)
1. The creativity behind this series is out of this world. Literally. I think that The Outside, right under the Aether is my very favorite setting for any dystopian novel I've read. Veronica's descriptions of the swirling sky never cease to captivate me. I still picture van Gogh's Starry Night when I think of the Aether, and we get to learn so much more about it in this book.
2. The characters were all given the chance to grow into someone new in this book. Perry had to learn how to balance his life as a leader and his love for Aria. Loving her, a Dweller, marked him as a traitor in the eyes of the tribe he was in charge of leading. He was very torn between emotions and decisions in this book, which I liked. Aria had to make sacrifices and put her life in danger for others. Roar had to go through heartbreak and soul searching (OH my. I love Roar so much.), and Cinder finally realized how special he is. This was a very transitional period for all of them, and I really enjoyed watching them figure out what mattered most. Lots of emotion is involved.
3. The author did not spend much time reminding us of what happened in Under the Never Sky. I felt a little lost and fuzzy. In some ways this was good, because I hate wasting valuable pages on reading something I already read. On the other hand, though, a little bit of help would have been nice. I should have re-read Under the Never Sky, I suppose. Not a bad thing!
4. This was a major page-turner! A TON happened in this book, whereas second books are usually kind of empty. I got to learn more about the Aether, the Dwellers, all the characters I fell in love with the first time, and some major curve balls and monkey wrenches ended up in the works as well. I don't want to give away too many details, so just believe me when I say that this book is full of everything you hoped you'd get when you closed Under the Never Sky.
5. The ending stopped my heart. Those last 2-3 chapters had me going bonkers. I could not rip through this book fast enough.
The bottom line: If you loved Under the Never Sky, it's likely that you'll love Through the Ever Night more. Veronica does not disappoint, and we surely don't fall victim to the second book syndrome. It's beautiful, romantic, heart wrenching, and SO amazing! I am loving Perry and Aria, and can't wait for more!