12 January 2013

Review: Through the Ever Night by Veronica Rossi

Through the Ever Night (Under the Never Sky #2) by Veronica Rossi

Published: 8 January 2013 by HarperTeen

Pages: 352 (hardcover)

Genre/s: YA, Dystopia

Source: Publisher for review

As this is the second book in the series, my review may contain spoilers!  My review of Under the Never Sky.

Synopsis

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?


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.

My Thoughts


Once I was in the world of Under the Never Sky, I didn't want to leave.  So much so that as soon as I finished the last page of it, I immediately picked up Through the Ever Night and continued my journey through Aria and Perry's world.
Under the Never Sky really confused me on my first attempt at reading it, but the second time around everything fell perfectly into place - I fell in love with the characters, was enamoured with the world-building and really enjoyed the story that Veronica Rossi built.

Through the Ever Night is much darker than Under the Never Sky, as things start to get pretty serious for both the Dwellers and Outsiders.  Relationships are tested, the darker side of humanity emerges, and the threat to the surivial of the Tides really increases the tension in the story.   

All the characters I liked from the first book were back, as well as some really good baddies - there's nothing better than a despicable villain, and Ms. Rossi's are fabulous.  I particularly liked that Aria and Perry's relationship didn't just turn into all butterflies and roses, and they were tested in several ways, and don't spend the whole book mooning over each other.

I did mention in my review of Under the Never Sky that I hoped various parts of the world-building would be revealed, such as how the world came to be split into Outsiders and Dwellers, and in Through the Ever Night there are more details on how the aether works, the tribal interactions and clashes and a little more about Reverie and the realms, but still enough was held back to keep me curious for the third installment.

I forgot to mention in my review of Under the Never Sky that I enjoyed the various paranormal elements too - although I don't consider them really paranormal, but more connected to the post-apocalyptic effects of the changes to the world.   However they really came into play in Through the Ever Night, and it was fascinating to find out more about them.

Through the Ever Night was dark, addictive, intense reading and once again I couldn't put it down - I even considered pulling the emergency brake on my train when I was 95% done as I couldn't stand the idea of not being able to finish before I had to put it down!

As a dystopian / post-apocalyptic series, Under the Never Sky is one of the best ones that I've read recently, and I'll be eagerly awaiting the final installment next year.

10 comments:

  1. Woohoo, I'm really glad that this book feels darker, Kat! Can't wait to read it now after your exciting review ;)

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  2. Kat, my review was as glowing as yours. I really think Veronica Rossi is one of the very best dystopian/post-apocalyptic writers in our current literary world and her story appeals to young adults as well as seniors like me ;-)

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    1. She certainly has a talent for world-building and awesome characters! I can't believe I waited so long for this series!

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  3. Forgot to say, thanks for the audio book reviews you do---I love listening and I'm always looking for something different.

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    1. Thanks! I love audios so hopefully I will have a lot more this year!

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  4. Great review Kat. I'm really looking forward to reading this one as well.

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    1. I liked it a little bit better than Under the Never sky to be honest - it's dark and fabulously action-packed!

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