Genre: Young Adult Post-Apocalyptic/SciFi
Publisher: Harper Collins
Publication Date: 1/8/13
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.**Does not contain spoilers for Through the Ever Night, but does contain spoilers for Under the Never Sky.**
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.
Under the Never Sky was one of my favorite books of 2012. The story contains a brutal world with danger around every bend, characters that were fierce and written to heartbreaking perfection, and writing that seemed to grip my heart and my mind and refuse to let go. To say I've been anxiously awaiting Through the Ever Night is an understatement.
This book was intense. Perry is now the Blood Lord of the Tides, and carries an enormous burden. Though he has always put others before himself, that selflessness is taken to a whole new level. Things are getting worse on the Outside. The Aether is less predictable, scorching land and taking down anything in its path. Food and resources are becoming scarce, and other tribes are moving in. At only nineteen, Perry must find a way to keep the Tides safe, despite a lack of good options and dissension among the group. He also needs to rescue his nephew Talon, come to terms with his new status and how he achieved it, as well as his feelings for Aria and how that can throw everything else into turmoil.
Once again, Aria is a heroine I love to love. This girl is practical, honorable, brave and loving. She's now an orphan, an outcast to the Outsiders and Dwellers. She loves Perry, but doesn't want to hurt his fragile position. She wants to rescue Talon. She desperately needs to find the Still Blue. She wants a Home. Her home is Perry.
Now, this review would be a sham if I didn't discuss Roar. I'm just going to say that Roar is one of my favorite characters ever. Staggeringly handsome, devilishly charming, devoted with all his heart to a girl he can no longer have, this poor boy stole me heart. His loyalty to Perry is what true friendship is about. His affection towards Aria is amusing. Roar has some of the best one-liners out there. I love his quips, but oh my, did my heart ever break for him.
One thing I want to mention, and I do not remember if it was explained in UtNS, was the Aether. I won't go into detail because it is fascinating to read in the story, and lengthy to explain, but there is a very logical scientific explanation given for the Aether, and how it led to the Unity. I LOVE when post-apocalyptic worlds make sense.
Through the Ever Night was a brilliant follow-up to Under the Never Sky. Rossi is an enormously gifted author whose words held me bound to the story. I simply could not put it down. I am thoroughly impressed/elated/heartbroken and it goes without saying that I want to cry when I think about how long we must wait for Into the Still Blue.
"This..."He was going to tell her that this was how they should've come together, days ago in the woods. This was what he'd thought about all winter--what he'd missed. But he couldn't get past the way she felt, or the way the she was looking at him.
"Yes," she said. "This"
Perry bent and kissed her lips. She curved against him, her sigh a warm drift against his cheek, and then nothing existed beyond her mouth and her skin and the feel of her body against his. ~ pg 49
Nothing would change the way he felt. Not ignoring his thoughts of her, or being with Kirra. The moment Aria had taken his hand on the roof at Marron's, she'd changed everything. No matter what happened, she'd always be the one. ~pg 280
Under the Never Sky Series
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