Review * Through the Ever Night by Veronica Rossi

September 26, 2013 Reviews 9 ★★★★

Review * Through the Ever Night by Veronica RossiThrough the Ever Night by Veronica Rossi
Series: Under the Never Sky #2
Published by HarperCollins on January 8, 2013
Genres: Dystopian, Young Adult
Pages: 352
Format: Hardcover
Source: Purchased
Also in this series: Under the Never Sky
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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.

This is the second book in the series, there will be small spoilers for Under the Never Sky, but it is spoiler free for Through the Ever Night.

What I Thought…

  • Before I even get into the characters or plot I need to discuss how awesome Rossi’s world building is. One of the things I loved in Under the Never Sky was the world building and Rossi carried that right over into Through the Ever Night (TTEN). I find the aether to be fascinating and I love how she wove it into the story without letting it completely overwhelm the story. The aether has a more prominent presence in TTEN and I absolutely love how it impacted the story.
  • TTEN is dual narrative which over the past two years of blogging has quickly become one of my favorite types of narration. It works especially well here because Aria and Perry are apart for a good portion of the book and you are able to get both sides of the story, and how they come together.
  • Aria is much stronger in TTEN. She was a little whiny in Under the Never Sky, but in TTEN she is full of strength and (mostly) good decision making. Aria wants to be selfish and just be with Perry and leave all the other troubles behind, but that’s not who she is. All of her decisions are about helping other people and some of them hurt her more than help her.
  • Perry is now the leader of the Tides and is having a hard time adjusting, or rather his people are having a hard time adjusting to him. There is a lot of dissension amongst the tribe, they are not fond of Perry’s leadership, and bringing Aria into the mix doesn’t do him any favors. Despite all the dissension Perry stays true to his decisions to protect the tribe, even if it’s the unpopular opinion.
  • Aria and Perry’s relationship isn’t so smooth in TTEN. While they both want the same thing, they have very different ideas on how to get it, and their ideas are definitely counterproductive to each other. I liked that they had a lot of struggles in their relationship and how they dealt with their feelings for each other.
  • There is a whole lot more Roar in TTEN and he is as amazing as you expect him to be. He is much more involved in things and I wish I could say more but, spoilers.
  • Aria and Perry are both trying to locate the Still Blue, a place where there are no aether storms to contend with. Their reasons for looking for the Still Blue are different, as Perry is not aware of Aria’s motives at first. After learning about why she needs to locate the Still Blue it is even more imperative that they do so. Locating the Still Blue isn’t easy though as they contend with other tribes and aether storms that are standing in their way.
  • There is an occurrence in TTEN that made me all kinds of sad and I hope it’s a hoax of some kind. Normally I do not approve of such things being hoaxes because it’s one of my least liked plot devices, however in this case I am willing to make an exception because I cannot believe that it is true! I do not accept this as fact!

Overall if you enjoyed Under the Never Sky you will certainly enjoy Through the Ever Night.

Notable Quotes

“There was nothing more painful than hurting someone you loved.”

Kimberly

9 Responses to “Review * Through the Ever Night by Veronica Rossi”

  1. Christina @ Christina Reads YA

    I wish I could say that I was waiting to finish reading the book myself before commenting on your review but I’ve just fallen behind :(. How’s the teaching going? Still well, I trust?

    I find it interesting that the aether was one of the elements that fascinated you the most about the story. One of the first reviews I’d read about the story said otherwise: that it was strange we got no explanation for this lightning thing that only ever popped up occasionally. But that reviewer did also point out how wonderfully it was explored in the sequel.

    Dual narratives are great to read! I’m with you about really liking this one since you get to see both sides of the story and having the material especially advance the plot.

    YESSSS. UTNS, I had a hard time in the beginning identifying with Aria. BUT TTEN = no problem at all. And yes to their relationship not being smooth because of their different attitudes towards that. Some authors introduce an element like that and don’t do it in a way that’s undramatic, but Rossi’s felt truly authentic.

    RE: the hoax – you mean what happened with Roar or another character? There were a lot of shocking plot twists, so I am not quite sure which one you mean :).

    You chose such a great notable quote! Even though I didn’t comment on this review after a while after I’d read the book myself, I remember reading this quote and thinking, huh, where did I see that before?
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    • Kimberly

      Teaching is going well. I’m tired and busy but it’s a good tired and busy if that makes sense.

      I can agree that the aether is a little strange, but I’m easy when it comes to the unexplainable – I’d rather NOT have it explained. Science is not my friend.

      Before I started blogging I avoided dual narratives like the plague but now I get excited as soon as I find out a book has a dual narrative.

      RE: the hoax – not about Roar per se, about another character in relation to Roar. I just… I can’t. It’s wrong.

  2. Courtney

    I agree with Kate, we need to stop time! I remember listening to the first book back in May and I didn’t think I would like it but I loved it and I couldn’t wait to read the sequel but now it has been six months and I find myself asking questions like…which one was Roar?
    Which means I may have to go back and relisten to that one before I even get to this one and I just don’t know if I’ll ever have time for things! I really need to take more notes when I’m reading and start blogging more if only to help me remember what I’ve read better!
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