Through The Ever NightPaperback Under the Never Sky
- Publisher: ATOM
- Format: Paperback | 352 pages
- Dimensions: 126mm x 194mm x 30mm | 259g
- Publication date: 8 January 2013
- Publication City/Country: London
- ISBN 10: 1907411062
- ISBN 13: 9781907411069
- Sales rank: 16,198
Aria has struggled to build a life for herself outside Reverie. It hasn't be easy adjusting to life in the wilderness but the struggle has been worth it with Perry by her side. But Perry has other challenges. His people are looking to him for answers. Answers about what happened to his nephew and what's happening to their world. And they don't trust the privileged Aria, one of the enemy, in their midst. Soon Perry'll be forced to chose between the tribe that looks to him for leadership and the girl that looks to him for love.
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Veronica Rossi is based in California. Under the Never Sky is her debut novel.
By Suzanne Finnegan 13 May 2013
Through the Ever Night is a fantastic sequel to Under the Never Sky. Aria and Perry have spent some months apart, and we see them reunited. Perry takes Aria back to the Tides, of which he's now the Bloodlord. While hoping that his people will accept Aria, he's doubtful. But I don't think he has any idea how bad it'll actually be.
We learn more about the cause of the devastation of the world. About three hundred years before, a solar flare corrupted the earth's magnetosphere, causing the aether storms, and bringing about the Unity, where through a form of lottery, people were brought onto the pods, the rest being left to fend for themselves outside. But now, with an increase in the storms, which sees them occur more frequently, even in summer, not even the pods are safe anymore.
Farms and woodlands are being destroyed cutting off the food source, and the ocean is not much safer for the fishermen. Things are very difficult for Perry, and with the Tides perceiving him to have chosen Aria over them, Perry knows he needs to find a safe place for what remains of his tribe. Being Bloodlord is a lot harder than he expected.
There's a race on for the Still Blue. A rumoured place with blue skies and no aether storms. Outsiders and dwellers alike want to find it. But it seems only the lucky ones will make it, the rest are being left behind. An awesome rescue sees the two groups having to come together and I can't wait to see the results.
At times I was anxious read this book. Perry and Aria are separated again and I worried a love triangle was on the cards, in the form of another girl for Perry. If this had been the case, I honestly don't think I could have continued on with this book, it would have been too frustrating. I had to stop reading and look to Goodreads friends for confirmation, and thankfully, no love triangle forms. Sometimes, I can enjoy a love triangle, but this most definitely wouldn't have been one of those times.
Soren, who we hadn't seen since the beginning of Under the Never Sky makes a reappearance in this book, and I found him quite enjoyable. I'm looking forward to seeing more of him in the future, he has great potential as a guy I'll love to hate lol.
This series has become a firm favourite for me. I love the world that Veronica has developed and I love the characters that she's brought to life. I'm already looking forward to reading these books again.
By Maja (The Nocturnal Library) 10 Jan 2013
It's not often that a sequel outshines its predecessor, but with Through the Ever Night, it seems to be the general consensus. We've had a few examples here and there, and they've all proved to be pretty memorable, but I don't think I've ever seen a case quite like this. Don't get me wrong - I loved Under the Never Sky, it was fresh and dynamical and it left a lasting impression, but due to its intensity, Through the Ever Night is far more remarkable. Rossi has grown more confident as a writer, the success of her debut has done her a world of good, and her newly found self-assurance shines from every page. As with everything else, the attitude makes so much difference, it's a well-known fact, and Rossi now firmly stands on her own two feet. I believe we can expect great things from her.
I deem it necessary to mention that the book is perfectly paced. Like its predecessor, it's told from both Aria and Perry's point of view, and while third person alternating view is by far my least favorite narrative mode, Rossi made it work splendidly. I can't imagine Through the Ever Night told any other way.
It goes without saying that things never go smoothly for Perry and Aria. Theirs is a romance I'm very fond of and left to their own devices, they would be no more than a step away from their happily ever after. However, there's not one, but two worlds between them: Aria's Dwellers would never accept someone like Peregrine, a savage by their standards, and his Tides have nothing but insults for Aria, with only a few exceptions.
Even though their feelings for each other are constantly being put to the test, through it all, they both grow tremendously as individuals. Aria is nothing like that pale, scared girl from Under the Never Sky. She is confident, fierce, a strong Aud and a good friend. All her attitudes and prejudices are gone. There is both strength and grace in her gait she didn't possess before, and she certainly knows what to do with a knife. But there are also changes on the inside - she cares for people differently and she values different things.
Changes on Perry are perhaps less evident, but they are just as big. Through his responsibility toward his tribe and more losses than he can count, he gained a somber maturity that he lacked before. His every step, every single word carries more weight, and each decision he makes shapes the lives of many. He is a far cry from that rash, headstrong boy we remember from Under the Never Sky, and if I had to choose one thing that really stands out in this book, it would be his characterization - the subtle changes found between the lines, but perhaps more important for the remainder of the story than everything else put together.
There are things in Through the Ever Night that will make you laugh, things that will make you cry, things that will make you inch up nervously in your seat, some that will make you angry enough to punch something (hopefully not someone, though), and things that will make you swoon. Now, aren't those signs of a perfect read?
I think you've all noticed that my five star ratings are few and far between, but a book that had... HAS such a tight hold on my heart, that still lingers in my mind even though it's been weeks since I'd finished it, definitely deserves my wholehearted support. Veronica Rossi does, too. While the ending was open, but entirely satisfactory, Into the Still Blue can't come soon enough. I will be right here, nervously biting my nails until it does.