Author: Veronica Rossi
Let’s start with the Amazon description…
The race for survival comes to a thrilling close in the earth-shattering conclusion to Veronica Rossi’s New York Times bestselling Under the Never Sky trilogy.
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 find the fabled Still Blue and bring balance to their world.
***NON SPOILER REVIEW***
I re-read the first two books in preparation for this last one. I was expecting a clear ending, where Perry and Aria led the world to safety. I got that ending but in addition I received a floppy, rushed nonsense feeling story. I wanted to love this novel, I really wanted it. Perhaps, I put it on a pedestal and expected too much?
I recommend this book because it’s neccessary in order to read the first two. The same way reading Allegiant was neccessary to end the first two books. It doesn’t make them great, or even good.
On the bright side, you will get an ending. Some novels just drift away with their semi endings, but there is a clear one here.
Read it because you have to. It’s the only way out of the series. It’s not the worst. Most people even loved it! So there’s hope in you enjoying it as well. For now I will move on to the spoiler area where I can share my feelings without restraint.
Photo courtesy of under_the_never_sky on Instagram
So here we are, the end of the aether. The end of everything.
Are we on a weird snake house moving thing? No.
Are we on a hover ship? No.
Are we on the dweller leaders side? Unsure
What about the mean guy that led the thriving city, and is now leading the people into the still blue? Nope, not on his side.
While I’m still working out my allegiance issues, let’s talk about going back and forth from place to place. This book can get confused with the Old Testament with all the back and forth wandering in the desert. You know how I feel about desert wandering to begin with! Can we all just take a moment to remember The Scorch Trials and remind ourselves and *cough* publishers, writers, *cough* that desert wandering is played out.
So yeah, there was way too much back and forth, and then getting back and then realizing “Oh I left the ships we needed back across the dessert.”
I also found the characters to be a bit messy. I’m unsure if the intention was to give the character depth, or create excitement? I was left with many questions.
Soren, I couldn’t figure out if he was good or bad. He leaned toward good and more heavily at the very end, but that in between growth and change wasn’t present. How did he get from being the kid that messed up the mission because he’s cocky, to the guy sitting with Brooke? I didn’t find his progression, and if it was there I didn’t find it believable. The little I remember of it, was rushed. Also, do they have a stored portion of his medication to last his whole life? Because he’s going to go all Joffrey on that little village of they don’t.
Sable, leader of the horns. Sable was written as a villain. I get the bad behavior that makes him a jerk, but when you’re talking about the survival of the human race, this guy was the only one with the leadership skills needed.
Yes he killed Liv, but Liv knew how he was. The smartest thing she did was allow herself to submit to being with him. Then suddenly she chose love, which is noble, but you can’t choose love unless you’re willing to choose between being with Sable and dead. I get the dramatic flare of choosing love. In that scenario it didn’t work. She spent a year in the wild alone preparing herself to be with Sable, if she was so easily shaken, then she wasn’t the strong character she was written as.
I know, I know, Sable killed innocent people. I’m not saying he was right, but…
- He wouldn’t have killed all those dwellers if they hadn’t tried to turn on him. He’s a scire, HE KNOWS! Don’t plan to Usurp Sable when you’re nearby!
- He wouldn’t have killed Liv if they hadn’t tried to steal her, and they still chose to save her after she made the decision to be with him willingly for the greater good. If she was being abused or harmed then go ahead, attempt to save her if you must. She wasn’t though, and you both messed it up.
- He wouldn’t have killed those two guys from “the six” if they hadn’t planned to usurp him… Again, right next to Sable. THE SCIRE. If you’re gonna kill a guy like Sable properly it can’t be the way they kept trying to do it. In fact, their “attempts” to rescue and help probably got more people killed.
- Imagine if Aria and Roar never went to get Liv. So Liv is alive. As things got worse Sable would’ve reached out to Hess for an alliance, or vise versa. Then Sable would’ve taken Aria, Perry, Talon and Roar into the still blue as a favor to Liv. Would this leave the tides dead? Mostly,Yes. But can you trade a Horns life in place of a Tides ethically? No. Horn population would’ve replaced the Tides, and in greater numbers. So if we’re talking life to life, all Perry, Aria and Roars efforts cost more lives. But at least the people they love and care about are alive.
- Cinder. Sable wasn’t gentle with Cinder I get that. Bottom line was Cinder was the only way through the aether, and he would’ve chose to help because his options were either die from the aether with tons of people, or die alone from the aether. He was willing to die alone from the aether two books ago for three people. I think we’re safe in him choosing to save everyone. Easy peasy. Sable was the only one capable of even making that hard decision. Perry attempted to think almost that far but then backed off until forced. Which was Perry’s sheepish little way the whole time with every decision.
- It’s not pretty, but Sable kept people alive, and would’ve continued to, until a later assassination date was planned as needed. Running countries requires you to choose who dies sometimes. It’s yucky and horrible, but true. The flip side is you are actually choosing life for the ones led out. It is this that keeps me from having political aspirations. Also, a checkered backround.