Review: Through the Ever Night by Veronica Rossi

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January 8, 2013 by Heidi

Through the Ever Night by Veronica Rossi book coverTitle: Through the Ever Night [Amazon|Goodreads]
Author: Veronica Rossi [Website|Twitter|Facebook]
Standing: Under the Never Sky Book 2
Genre: Young Adult, Post Apocalyptic, Sci Fi
Published: January 8th, 2013 by HarperCollins
Format: Hardcover; 352 pages
Source: ARC from publisher via Edelweiss.
Spoilers!: This review contains unavoidable spoilers for Book 1, Under the Never Sky, so proceed with caution!

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.

Ah, trilogy book two: It’s where good starts go to die.  Authors create unnecessary relationship drama via love triangles, finagle some hack plot to get from point A to point B in 300 unnecessary pages, or, if you’re Suzanne Collins, you save the day by basically repeating the good parts of your first book (yeah, I loved Catching Fire, but I think we all know it’s only because of the excitement of the arena).  For those of you anxiously waiting to see the fate of Perry, Aria, and Roar, the wait is over, and more importantly, you have nothing to worry about here.  Through the Ever Night is in no way a patch job between the opening excitement and the final crescendo, it is a driving force of its own.  In fact, with its intense character and story developments, we come away from Through the Ever Night feeling as if we have really been taken on a journey.  We come away with hope, dread, and the unavoidable reality that trilogy book two is even better than its predecessor.

I sit here before you astounded by the amount of depth that Veronica Rossi was able to infuse in her multitude of wonderful characters within Through the Ever Night.  She understands how to paint shadows across our heroes and villains alike.  There were times when I wanted to feel nothing but pity for those involved, but in the end I walked away feeling pride at who these characters had become.

If you’re looking to see lots of dynamics between Perry and Aria, you will get them, but be prepared for an unconventional delivery.  Our two leads spend the majority of Through the Ever Night apart, and for that they and their relationship become stronger.  We get to see Aria struggling with the knowledge that as a classic child of two worlds, she does not truly belong in either.  She wants so badly to help those she cares about, but struggles to find a future where everyone is not only safe but happy.  Perry too is compelled to help those around him, it is one of the most defining forces of his personality, but it is also the aspect that threatens to tear him down.  As a new Blood Lord, he is suddenly responsible for hundreds of lives and wedged between the position of making himself happy and saving the greatest number of people.  Perry remains in constant motion in order to avoid the pain that comes with quiet thought.  He feels he has failed–failed his nephew, failed his people, and failed Aria.  As both Perry and Aria come to terms with who they are as people, and as leaders, they also become more certain of what they mean to one another.

On top of the vast developments of our two narrative leads, what continually strikes me about Rossi’s tale is that we as readers are compelled to care about so much more than Perry and Aria.  We really and truly care about the people that they care about.  Roar feels like a best friend, we love the Liv we know only through their stories, we understand Brooke and Soren’s bitterness, we want to adopt ALL THE KIDS.  Talon, Cinder, Willow, I just want to tuck them all under my arms and make sure that they have childhoods that are full of more than struggling for survival.  There is such development of feeling for all of the characters in Through the Ever Night, from those we barely see to those who are of utmost concern.

While the character concerns may overshadow the plot of Through the Ever Night to a point, it is in no way meek or tentative.  I finally feel as if Rossi has provided a more understandable explanation of this world from the lottery that filled the pods during the Unity, and the solar flare that eroded the earth’s protective magnetosphere and created the Aether, to the consequences of Degenerative Limbic Syndrome, the brain disease that weakens Dwellers basic survival skills.  Explanations are well timed and carefully worded to fill in those gaps that existed in the world building of Under the Never Sky, without creating an info-dump overload.

Aria and Perry have real concerns that extend beyond intense culture clash.  As we know from Under the Never Sky, Aria is being used by Hess to find the location of the Still Blue with Perry’s nephew, Talon, being held as collateral.  She must face those who bear an intense prejudice against her as well as deal with the reality that there are problems in Reverie beyond what she is being told.  Perry must solidify his position as leader to the Tides, gain their trust on top of their fealty, and find a way for hundreds to survive in an increasingly drastic environment.

Through the Ever Night could have so easily been filled with petty dramas and shallow plot lines, but it excelled beyond these to meet my high expectations.  I may have been begging for just one more chapter when Through the Ever Night came to a close, but I am incredibly happy with where Rossi has left us.  For Into the Still Blue we can carry our hopes great and small.  Hopes for love, hopes for family, and hopes for a history that will not repeat itself.

Likelihood that I’ll be back for more:  My spirits are sky high after finishing Through the Ever Night, this world, characters, and story just keep getting better, I cannot wait for Into the Still Blue!

Recommended for:  If you like serious romance that doesn’t get bogged down in love triangles, but still has a story much bigger things going on than pining and angst, this series could be perfect for you.

Real life repercussions of reading this book:  Under the Never Sky was the FIRST book I reviewed on my blog last year (and period), so it seemed only fitting that Through the Ever Night be the first book I review in 2013!  What a fantastic way to celebrate each New Year…and they certainly make long flights speed by.

Get a second opinion:
Ivy Book Bindings – “Through the Ever Night is one of the few sequels that truly took me by surprise – in the best possible way.”
The Perpetual Page Turner – “It’s just one of those addictive books that make me shut out Real Life in favor for an imaginative, dangerous journey with characters I wish were real.”
The Nocturnal Library – “There are things in Through the Ever Night that will make you laugh, things that will make you cry, things that will make you inch up nervously in your seat, some that will make you angry enough to punch something (hopefully not someone, though), and things that will make you swoon. Now, aren’t those signs of a perfect read?”

I’ve also reviewed:

Under the Never Sky by Veronica Rossi (Under the Never Sky 1)

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9 comments »

  1. Taylor M says:

    I’m so glad Through the Ever Night isn’t a sophomore slump! I really enjoyed Under the Never Sky and I was worried it would go downhill with the second book. I can’t wait to read this one! Great review!

  2. Incredible review, Heidi! I love what you said about how easily this book could have been “just another” middle novel in a trilogy, but it truly stood out from this predecessor. I really was SO impressed by this one and I simply cannot WAIT for the sequel now! 😀

    • Heidi says:

      OMG I know!!! I could go off more, but I suppose we already did that on Twitter. 😛

      I was also nervous because I read this one at the beginning of last year, and I honestly think my reading tastes have improved a lot in the past twelve months as I’ve been reading so much. I wasn’t sure then if I’d liked UtNS so much because it was that good, or if my standards were just lower then. So glad it didn’t disappoint!

  3. I saw Rossi’s tweet about your review and I was so happy! And you’re right about these characters being so close to our hearts. Who wouldn’t want a best friend like Roar?
    2013 definitely started with a bang. I can’t believe we have to wait a whole year for the next one.

    • Heidi says:

      Her Tweet made me incredibly happy! Makes you all warm and fuzzy inside when you know a review touched an author. I seriously love Roar, I’d take him for a best friend in a second!

  4. VeganYANerds says:

    Right, I skimmed to the end because I am yet to read UtNS (though I do have a copy) and I am hoping to get to it soon. So glad you enjoyed the sequel, it makes me excited to start this series!

    • Heidi says:

      Oh I’m glad to hear you have a copy of UtNS, I hope that you do make time to read it! It’s such a great series, I was really impressed with where she went with this one, I didn’t expect it to get even better, but it did.

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