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.
Middle books are hard. Especially when it seems like every YA book is turning into a trilogy. This is why I was very pleasantly surprised by the second book in the Under the Never Sky trilogy.
Unlike the first book of the series, which is a book of immense change and upheaval for the characters, this book is about acceptance and growth. While there is some development and growth of Aria and Perry's relationship, the development is more of an individual nature, as they spend the majority of the book apart.
Perry learns how to be a leader in this book, and he learns how to do it on his own terms, not in the terms of the corrupt leadership he's known before. He makes mistakes, and he owns those mistakes. This allows his to come into himself as a person and assess who he is, what he wants, and what he has to do to protect his people.
Aria learns what it's like to stand on her own to feet out in the Real, with Perry to pull her along and force her to act. She accepts her mixed heritage and endeavors to understand what it means to be a child of two worlds with multiple abilities. All in all Aria becomes or more complete person as she distances herself from the isolating technology of the pods that she's known her whole life.
This sequel is one of the best middle books I've found, and is a perfect set up for the finale of the series: Into the Still Blue. Don't miss it!