Book: Through the Ever Night by Veronica Rossi
Genre: YA Dystopian
From: Bought with gift card
I loved Under the Never Sky and since I read it "late" I didn't have to wait long for the next book of the trilogy! How lucky for me! But still, the wait was long enough! And even though I had other book commitments, this one slid in (again, just like book 1) and demanded to be read.
But that's okay because it only took me a day. :)
(Beware, small spoilers for the first book ahead....)
This book leaves off just shortly after the first one ended. Perry is now Blood Lord and Aria has gone "home" for a bit but has just come back, much to Perry's joy. However, they know that the tribe will have issues with her, so they pretend to not have any connections beyond allies.... which makes things tense to say the least.
And then of course, stuff happens and they are separated again, each off on their own adventures and solving different problems. Aria ends up traveling with Roar, Perry's best friend, so he is featured much more prominently in this book, which is a very cool thing. Roar is one of the most awesome characters ever! Dark, and funny, and sweet and silly, and... remember when I talked about swagger the other day? Swagger, he has it! Besides which, he and Aria have this connection that is very jealous-making for poor Perry.
But Perry holds his own in the cool department and I love him too. This world he lives in is a hard one and I love the struggle he has and the decisions he is forced to make. The Aether ( massive lightning storms, which are explained much better this go around) is getting worse and worse and if his people are to survive, he has to find a safe place for them. They dream of a place where the sky is Still Blue and that's what drives them ever on.
I couldn't put this book down and the end is crazy exciting. I may have forgotten to breathe a time or two.
Bottom line: Totally loved it.
It keeps up the intensity of the first book, while adding original elements to keep the overall story interesting. From Bloggin' 'bout Books
But as I read Through The Ever Night, I did begin to notice some operatic influences in the story. Themes of jealousy, of ill-fated love, of betrayal and sacrifice. From YA Romantics
While the first book is full of adventure but primarily a love story, this book illustrates the growth that both main characters have made and continue to make. From A Musing Reviews
...it’s not too often you like a sequel better than the first book..and I totally felt the same way about this book too. Perry! Aria! Roar! Cinder! The characters are so strong but broken, so likable and determined. From Anna Reads