Through the Ever Night (Under the Never Sky, # 2)
By: Veronica Rossi
Published: January 8th 2013 by HarperCollins
Genre: YA, Science Fiction, Fantasy, Dystopian
Source: Borrowed from my SNL, Holly @ Words Fueled by Love
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Goodreads description--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.
I finished Under the Never Sky and needed to get my hands on Through the Ever Night as soon as possible. But responsibility came first. I needed to read a couple of review books first. So I finally got around to reading Through the Ever Night and now I can't get it out of my head. I immediately moved into another book after finishing Through the Ever Night, but I couldn't concentrate on it. When does Into the Still Blue come out? Friggin' next year! Argh! (January 28, 2014 is the estimated publication date for Into the Still Blue.)
When we left Under the Never Sky, Aria and Perry had been separated. Aria had just found out that her mother was dead and Perry was named Blood Lord of the Tides. I was totally prepared because of the Goodreads blurb for Aria and Perry to be separated for most of the beginning of the book. And was pleasantly surprised when they quickly had a reunion that I didn't have to stumble through 60% of the book to get to. However, there does come a time when separate paths must be taken for a bit so I wasn't too far off with my expectations.
Through the Ever Night really showed the struggles of being a leader. Perry tries to make the very best decisions he can for his tribe, but he's constantly being questioned and undermined. I'm sure every leader faces this, but it was hard to live this with Perry. I sympathized with him for the weight of everything he has to carry, but Perry presses on. He continues to make the hard decisions--even if they're not very popular. Sometimes I wanted to yell at his tribe to just sit down, shut up, and keep their opinions to themselves. Over time Perry earns his respect and his spot at Blood Lord and I think he needed to earn it just as much as his people needed to see him earn it.
Also when we left Under the Never Sky, Aria and Perry's relationship was unresolved. We know they were getting closer. Perry has rendered to her. But Perry's told Aria that he needs to marry someone who has the same Mark as he does. He's a Scire and a Seer, but Aria's an Aud. So they don't match. But we're not sure if that is going to stop them or not. Through the Ever Night doesn't really give them much opportunity to talk and flesh this stuff out so Aria and Perry as a couple feel unstable throughout the majority of the book.
The secondary characters get more of a chance to shine in Through the Ever Night than they did in Under the Never Sky. Roar and Aria are essentially best friends after spending the last few months together. We finally get to meet Liv that Roar has been pining over all of Under the Never Sky. Cinder gets fleshed out some more. And we extend the cast of secondary characters to more of the Tides and even introducing Sable and Kirra of the Horns--can I just say that I HATED Kirra. Not to mention that some of the Dwellers from Aria's past make a few more appearances.
Through the Ever Night has stuck with me even after finishing it. I read it in a hurried, almost frantic way. And I can't wait to get my hands on book 3, Into the Still Blue. Through the Ever Night gets 4 Stars from me. Have you read Through the Ever Night? What did you think? Let me know!