Review: Through The Ever Night by Veronica Rossi

November 13, 2013


Title: Through The Ever Night (Under The Never Sky #2)
Author: Veronica Rossi
Publication date: January 8, 2013
Publisher: HarperCollins
Genre: YA, Post Apocalyptic, Dystopian
Rating: 
It's been months since Aria learned of her mother's death.

Months since Perry became Blood Lord of the Tides, and months since Aria last saw him.

Now Aria and Perry are about to be reunited. It's a moment they've been longing for with countless expectations. And it's a moment that lives up to all of them. At least, at first.

Then it slips away. The Tides don't take kindly to former Dwellers like Aria. And the tribe is swirling out of Perry's control. With the Aether storms worsening every day, the only remaining hope for peace and safety is the Still Blue. But does this haven truly exist?

Threatened by false friends 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 sci-fi elements to create a captivating adventure-and a love story as perilous as it is unforgettable.
One thing about Veronica Rossi? She never disappoints.

With this book, I felt like Rossi was refining her writing, smoothing out the little blemishes that were in Under The Never Sky, and forming a solid foundation for the finish of the series, while still giving this book its own identity and action to contend with.

Through The Ever Night picks up right where Under The Never Sky ended. While in the first book, Aria and Perry's meeting is just touched upon, here its written in all its glory, fulfilling the romantic in us. In order to protect Talon, Aria has made a deal with Hess to find the Still Blue. Perry is the new Blood Lord of his tribe, having wrested the position from his brother, and is tasked with bringing the Tides around to accept him as their leader without question, not exactly an easy thing to do when he's younger than half of the population. When Roar discovers that Lily never made it to the Horns, he decides to go after her.

Through the Ever Night has darker tones to it, unlike Under The Never Sky. There are undercurrents of  loss, separation, conflict, enmity all running through the story, making it that much more intense. In the first book, we saw the enchantment of first love, the discovery of new abilities and revelations. In this one, on the contrary, Aria and Perry are practically estranged the entire book. They start out with the decision to not reveal their relationship to the Tides, and everything just goes downhill from there, forcing Aria to leave the Tides with Roar without Perry's knowledge. I dont know why, but love stories with angst make for better reading, for me personally. The doubt, anguish, longing and the distance that they wrestle with makes they're love so much more potent.

Aria's growth in this book is so rewarding to read. Remember the frightened, inept Dweller from Under The Never Sky? Aria as she is in this book couldn't be farther from that Aria. She's so much more stronger now, having grown into her powers and now capable to taking care of herself independently (let's hear it for strong women!). The growth that she's gone through since the first book is simply incredible, and such a joy to see. She's almost like an equal to Perry, in terms of her prowess in the wilderness and defending herself.

Perry is dealing with the trials of leading a tribe, and due to the circumstances in which he came to his position, and Aria's presence, things are more complicated than ever. Winning the trust of the Tides is his main priority, and they're fighting him every step of the way. With the aether storms becoming more frequent and more violent than ever, the Tides have got to vacate the land, but they're putting up a fight. Perry's position with the Tides reminded me a lot of Roran's in Eldest by Christopher Paolini. They have a lot in common - winning their people's trust and convincing them to leave their homes and move to greener pastures, to name a few. In Under The Never Sky, Perry was more like a nomad, living life his own way, by his rules. But here, there's a huge responsibility on his shoulders, and he feels every bit of it keenly. He struggles to do the right thing by his people, and its remarkable to see him slowly grow into role, though the mantle never fits him comfortably.

I was dreading one part of this book - Aria and Roar's relationship. I was just waiting for it to turn into a  romantic one and end up becoming a triangle, which is something I absolutely hate. But Rossi makes not one misstep. Roar and Aria have a beautiful relationship. He's like a best friend and brother all rolled into one. Rossi really concentrates on developing their relationship in this book, letting them learn each other and grow closer, but in a completely platonic way. Roar has his own story in this book, and I loved seeing how the author let him stand on his own, without being simply a side character, tethered to Aria and Perry's stories.

Remember the one problem I had with Under The Never Sky? The lack of a back story? Rossi makes up for it here, by filling in the blanks that were left in the first book, giving us more information about how their world came to be. I've said it before, and I'll say it again: Rossi's writing is a wonderful thing to be witness to. She has a way of writing her characters that give them a uniqueness and story that is all their own; bringing their own separate contribution to the big picture. For me, that was the highlight of this book: the character development.

Ultimately, Through The Ever Night is a fitting companion to its predecessor and lives up to it's brilliance. I can confidently say that you'll love it (those of you who've read Under The Never Sky, that is), and you'll end up with your nails bitten to the quick by the end of the book. Into The Still Blue cannot come fast enough!

Bottomline: Through The Ever Night is the darker and more intense than the former, making for a thrilling read that you just HAVE to finish in one sitting.

So Obsessed With: ...I absolutely adore Rossi for creating a guy/guy/girl friendship that DOES NOT become a triangle...

Novel Heartbeat: ...The relationships in this book were very well fleshed out and realistic...

The Grown-Up YA: ...There was so much more development and depth to everything – the setting, the characters, the struggles. It was all beautiful and breathtaking and heart-racing!...

Holding Quote:
Love is a rebellious bird that nobody can tame.

Love was like the waves in the sea, gentle and good sometimes, rough and terrible at others, but that it was endless and stronger than the sky and the earth and everything in between.

She’d been seeking the comfort of a place. Of walls. A roof. A pillow to rest her head on. Now she realized that the people she loved were what gave her life shape, and comfort, and meaning. Perry and Roar were home.

5 comments :

  1. I actually added Under The Never Sky to my TBR yesterday so I'm really happy the second book lives up to the first and doesn't loose its edge. In fact, it sounds like it's a lot better than the first book (darker and grittier is definitely my thing!).

    Can't wait to start this series :D

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    1. This series if one of the best out there, Allie, it's so great! I hope you enjoy it!

      And yes, Through The Ever Night takes it up a notch, entering awesome territory! Get started soon; you'll love it! :D

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    2. I'll get it on my next book spending spree! Eeee excited :D

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  2. I'll be reading this one really soon! I don't remember a whole lot from the first book, but I do remember that it was really good. From the sounds of your review, this one may be even better than Under the Never Sky!

    I'm glad that love triangle doesn't happen. This series doesn't need one of those.

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    1. It is, Kaitlin! Oh, and if you need to brush up your memory of what happened in Book 1, check out Recaptains for a recap :)

      It was such a relief that the book stayed away from love triangles. I was really apprehensive about it, especially at one part of the book, but it didn't give in, so yay!

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