Series: Under the Never Sky #3
Published by HarperTeen (1.28.2013)
Genres: High Fantasy, Science Fiction, Young Adult
Format: eARC, 400 pages
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Their love and their leadership have been tested. Now it's time for Perry and Aria to unite the Dwellers and the Outsiders in one last desperate attempt to bring balance to their world.
The race to the Still Blue has reached a stalemate. Aria and Perry are determined to find this last safe-haven from the Aether storms before Sable and Hess do-and they are just as determined to stay together.
Meanwhile, time is running out to rescue Cinder, who was abducted by Hess and Sable for his unique abilities. And when Roar returns to camp, he is so furious with Perry that he won't even look at him, and Perry begins to feel like they have already lost.
Out of options, Perry and Aria assemble a team to mount an impossible rescue mission-because Cinder isn't just the key to unlocking the Still Blue and their only hope for survival, he's also their friend. And in a dying world, the bonds between people are what matter most.
It was nice for the series to come to an end, but all in all I just felt….disappointed.
I was glad to finally see the Still Blue, yet it seemed like all the hype for it built up to that one moment and it…kind of…just…fizzled out. We know that it’s paradise, but I think a little more description could have glorified it a bit more. I think there was too much focus on the fact that skies were free of aether that the island itself got left out.
Aria was still a badass, though! I did like that she had a small weakness: Her insecurity about her messed up arm. It made her seem more human. Roar was very flawed in this book, too. His grief over Liv overtook him, and it kind of twisted him. I hated seeing him that way, even though it was realistic.
I thought the identity of Loran was very interesting. That was the one thing that shocked me in the final installment, because I had completely forgotten about her father, so I didn’t see it coming. That was a nice addition!
While I still enjoyed this one for the most part, the reason it earned a lower rating than the other two was because I was completely underwhelmed by the ending. When I finished, my first thought was, “That’s it?” I finished feeling unfulfilled and unsatisfied…not a good thing, especially for a series finale.View Spoiler » I thought the fight scene with Sable was over WAY too soon! He was made up to be this big, bad, almost immortalized guy, and then Perry comes and WHAM BAM! Sable’s dead! Wooo!! Um, no. I wanted a real fight scene! I wanted to doubt for a moment that Perry would win. I wanted the stakes to be higher.
I also wasn’t happy with Cinder’s sacrifice. I knew it was going to happen, but when it did happen, it was too fast and I felt nothing. I feel like his sacrifice was glossed over and forgotten. Yes, they name their new town after him, but still. I feel like that should have gotten more attention. « Hide Spoiler
Writing style: 4/5
Overall rating: 3.5/5