Book Review: Into the Still Blue

Hello Little Darlings,

It’s that time again! Book Review Day!!

“Into the Still Blue” by Veronica Rossi

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Let me start off by saying that I am already in the middle of a new series, so hopefully I will be able to recall most of what I wanted to stay about this final installment in the “Under the Never Sky” series.

Some questions for all my fellow booknerds! I had to put the current series that I am reading down for a minute. I look at the book, next to my bed, and I can’t bring myself to pick it up and read the last forty-fifty pages. It’s at the point when everything is about to hit the fan, and it’s then that you realize that you are overly invested in what happens in the lives of these characters. I have anxiety over what book three and four are going to bring. Does this happen to any of you? If so, what do you do to keep moving forward? Books are such a huge part of my life, they serve as a momentary escape from the hardship of the real world. So, when my own life is in an emotional swirl and the book starts getting intense I just can’t handle all the bad.

Anyway, rant over. Back to the review. Finally! a third book that doesn’t overwhelm it’s reader with information that should have been better dispersed throughout the series. Case in point, “Allegiant” and I have heard it said of “Mockingjay” in the “Hunger Game” series, but I haven’t personally read it. This is a grave mistake for an author. They are trying to tie up all the loose ends and plot twists they presented in the previous books, which is necessary, but depending on how many mysteries you left unresolved you could end up sending your reader into a knowledge overload. Not to mention, due to the fact that there is so much to explain the character journey ends up taking a back seat, which is what the reader wants most. This is NOT the case with “Into the Still Blue”.

Are two main characters are finally back together; and by together I mean they are within a hundred feet of each other. I try to be spoiler free in my reviews, or at least give fair warning. As a reader, I expected that they would endure the last leg of their journey together. Again, it comes back to what I stated in the review for the first novel. There is a unified goal here amongst everyone: the good, the bad and the ugly. Everything has been leading up to this point; and like any great story that’s when the hardest obstacles present themselves, the greatest moments of character triumphs and tragedies and the most gut-wrenching, anxiety inducing scenes take place.

This final installment presents an interesting perspective on the eternal battle between good vs. evil. This is where the book breaks off from fiction and acts more like real life. Not everything is so black and white. The antagonists are multi-dimensional, battling between the many desires/needs tugging at them from all sides: self-preservation, love, justice, truth, etc… In the end, each felt that what they were doing was right and for the good of all. It’s the approach that is the issue, not the goal. Those moments that separate the hero from the villain, in that the hero would have made the sacrafice or found a different way. The villain plows through, so severely jacking up their moral compass along the way that by the end they don’t know what’s north and what’s south. Still, you understand them in moments where the author allows them to be vulnerable, which makes for an interesting dynamic. You still hate them, can’t trust them but there is an inkling of a desire to see them make a turn around. You think just maybe they can be saved. This story has one of those. One that from the first book you wanted to be shot in the face and then the layers are peeled back and you see things in them that have you questioning. It also has a villain that you are convinced needs to die for the collective good. Absolutely no way around it. The kind that literally imposes on everyone’s rights and freedoms. Yeah, there is no salvation for them, only the sweet satisfaction of their impending doom.

For all those booknerds that are like me. Know that there will be a point in this novel when you feel like you can’t go on. Your world is shattered and you are seconds away from throwing the book across the room, even if that is sacrilege. Press through, I promise, as your loyal reviewer, that it will be worth it.

In the end, justice prevails; but in a way that still leaves you aching. Massive sacrifices had to be made, many lives were lost and no one is the same by the end of it, for better or for worse. You feel the absences of the characters you loved and lost, as well as the sigh of relief for those who remain. You are aware that there is a long journey ahead of them and by no means is everything wrapped up nicely with a bow. Struggles will come, opportunities to overcome/prevail and some much needed healing. That’s the mark of a good book though isn’t it? That the characters go on living even after the words have stopped; and you know them well enough to be able to conjur up a glimpse of what the future may look like for them. This series ends as it should’ve, though I seriously could have gone for an epilogue; and after my moment of panic that it was over, I felt satisfied and these words may or may not have passed through my lips.

BEST. SERIES. EVER!!!

Here is the link to the book on Goodreads:

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/14288998-into-the-still-blue?from_search=true

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