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.
©2013 Veronica Rossi (P)2013 HarperCollins Publishers
Busy mom who loves to read but doesn't always have the time. I enjoy YA, Romance and the occasional Best Seller.
Let me start by saying I absolutely loved this one! I'm always nervous that the 2nd book in a trilogy will just be filler with no real substance. Well this book is no filler!
There is just as much action, heartbreak, romance, character development, pulse-pounding excitement and adventure as Under the Never Sky. I couldn't put this one down!
At first it took me awhile to adjust to the new male narrator. To me it just gave this book a different vibe then the first. Of course it doesn't help much that I didn't care for his narration (too flat in my opinion). However, the book is so good that it didn't really matter once the story got going.
If you loved Under the Never Sky then you will absolutely love this one too. Just be warned that it will leave you anxious for book 3.
This was a decent read - strong writing and fewer plot holes than most YA dystopian made it a interesting if bleak second novel.
In this second installment, the two main characters are separated for nearly the whole book. Each has a mission but minor stuff happens and the characters mope over missing each other and because they are in a romeo/juliet type of situation.
I honestly found this book a bit boring. As with the first book, it lacked immediacy and a real sense of danger. Nearly all characters are morally balanced and lacking the viciousness I'd expect in a 'mad max' type of scenario. But even odder, the question of nurture vs nature is explored and the 'city dweller' girl who had everything done for her physically is able to pick up fighting, do long treks, etc., because "her father was an outsider so she is half outsider." I honestly never considered adaptability to a harsh environment a genetic trait.
Also inexplicable for me are the decision made by people in the story. People do things because they are hard headed - and no one seems to feel any fear or worry (this includes all the side characters).
Again, the book seemed well written - better than a lot of YA Dystopian out there. But it really lacked enough emotion and immediacy to draw me in.
The storyline is very interesting.I like the different "worlds" that come with completely opposite ways of living. Also it is fascinating how the character of Aria is dealing / changing with being outside "her world".
I'm not finished with the audiobook yet due to the narrator... Although I very much would like to know what happens next in the story, I just HAVE TO take a break after about 20 minutes listening to that narrator - either because I'm about to fall asleep while waiting for him to finish one tiny sentence or because I'm getting too annoyed (almost aggressive) with the SLOW PACE and EMOTIONLESS narration! It's sad really, that a different performer wasn't picked to tell the story.
His performance is tempting me to NOT finish this audiobook - that should say it all...
Yes, definitely I can see a movie coming. And I leave it up to HOLLYWOOD to decide on the stars:)
I read book one a while ago and just felt lukewarm about it. There was nothing that I couldnt stand. The realms were interesting and some of the ideas but the story never had me sucked in so much that I "couldnt put it down". I feel the same way about book 2. Overall listening while driving was enough to entertain me but it wasnt something that I was dying to get back to every time I was in the vehicle. I wouldnt say dont read it but I would say dont expect a riveting story. Its a good in-between book.
Just a book fool.
I will admit I am a bit undecided on this one. It has been a couple days since I finished this book and honestly I am having a hard time vividly remembering it. I think that in itself says it all...
Middle book syndrome is a lot like middle child syndrome. It’s not the exciting beginning where everything is new and full of wonder. It's not the finale where all is uncovered and the pieces fall into place to reveal a beautiful picture you couldn’t even imagine, no the middle book is just that, the middle. Full of whatevers and what if's.
I still found myself enjoying this book and if you loved Through the Ever Sky then don't miss this one, for I have a feeling book three will be getting 5 stars all around!
I love Urban Fantasy, Paranormal romance and dystopian novels. I almost always have either a book in my hands, or an audiobook in my ear!
I really love this series. it is passionate and so well written.
Start with Under the Nerer Sky (book 1) which is also brilliant! If you can read the novella 'Liv and Roar Under the Never Sky' I would read it first, but you don't have to read the novella to understand book 2 if you have read book 1. It is not on audible.com, but it is pretty short and it really gives you a nice background.
I didn't love the narrator, but he wasn't distracting bad or anything.
A 50-something who loves sci-fi, cozy mysteries, thrillers, an occasional romance, and any genre if it is a good story. And especially if it makes me laugh! No vampires or zombies though - these are NOT sci-fi!
The second story of this (planned) trilogy is just as good as the first. Aria and Perry find that love doesn't smooth over all the bumps in the road, and there are plenty of bumps for them. Their love story helps to bring together the Dwellers and the Outsiders, though mostly they are kicking and screaming all the way! I'm looking forward to the next story. I just hope that the original narrator returns. Michael did an adequate job, but I got irritated at some of the mispronunciations.
I read the book in five hours and thought it was amazing. So well written and such a compelling storyline. middle books are often fillers, this was not. it was action packed and full of great stories that will link the two books on each side together. now I get to listen to it on audio which gives me another experience and I love to hear the story with another voice. especially as I'm female and English and the narrator is male and American! brilliant!
hard to directly compare books but there's shades of a lot of books, Logan's run comes to mind as does a number of other dystopians but for quality of writing, it is way out there.
I'm sure I'm not alone having a soft spot for Roar who gets some real ink time in this book, bless him and of course Perry and Aria are still adorable too.
a few actually but without giving away spoilers I will choose a benign one. the turtle falcon!
I very rarely post reviews, a book has to be rather special for me to gush about it.
Yes. It is a good story, though not as compelling as the first one.
He seemed to read most of the story with less expression than the narrator of the first book. I wish she had been able to read it this time, too. He had sort of a monotone compared to her. Perhaps that is why I did not like this story as much as the first book.
Rescuing the nephew and the other people. It was touching and suspenseful.
Please get the first narrator again for sequels.
TV-free, Battery-operated-toy-shunning, Natural-ish Mama
I wish I had something constructive to say but alas, I am just going to rant about the narrator at this point. If you loved the narration on "Under the Never Sky", be very wary of this book.
I thought "Under the Never Sky" was one of the best listens I've ever had from Audible. Bernadette Dunne Flagler was AMAZING - she just did an amazing job performing that book. I was SO, SO looking forward to hearing her again on this sequel.
Well, they didn't bring her back, for whatever reason. (Only DEATH would be a good enough reason, to my mind, and I certainly hope and pray THAT wasn't the case!)
I am about fifteen minutes into the MUCH anticipated "Through the Ever Night", and already I can envision myself bashing my head against my keyboard in frustration and misery.
This narrator is TERRIBLE! And he doesn't pronounce "Scire" correctly! He says it "sire"...in the first book it clearly says that it is supposed to sound kind of like "scare". Rrrgghh! I can't stand narrators who don't do their research! And he .... reads.... so ....freakin' .... slowly! It just sounds so fake. Sigh. Weep. Weep. Sob.
Will update this review when (IF) I can make it through this audiobook. I hope I can hear past the narrator and get into the story so I can actually FIND something to like.
Was there anything TO like about this "narration"? So unemotional, so fake...no feeling of really being WITH the characters, as in the first book. I feel like someone is reading to me, not like I am INSIDE another world. He makes the characters sound childlike and goofy.
Aria is read as though she is a total melodramatic, wussy ...CHICK.
Perry is read like he is about fifteen and a little mentally challenged. Totally NOT sexy.
Bring back the narrator from "Under the Never Sky"!!!! Tears on my laptop keyboard.
Stab my ears with a sharpened pencil.
Get Bernadette Dunne Flagler to reprise this book! PLEASE get Bernadette Dunne Flagler back and rerecord this book so that it can be worthy of the first one! PLEASE!
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