Adventure, Aether and All-out-love…
Genre: Y/A, Science Fiction, Dystopia
No. of pages: 341
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 and powerful temptations, Aria and Perry wonder, can their love survive through the ever night?
18 months ago I picked up ‘Under the Never Sky’ after some tribulation, and it fell into the dystopian genre with ease. There were elements in this story that I had read many times before. But I did enjoy the story and the premise it set up. We got a great villain, an interesting mythology with the Ever Blue, and a clash of cultures. Not to mention the technology and some people developing enhanced senses. Because I’d only given it an average rating, and wasn’t sure I wanted to continue with the trilogy it took some time before I finally picked up ‘Through he Ever Night.’
While we don’t get answers to the questions posed in the first book in this series, we get a whole stack of new problems for our protagonists Aria and Perry. Told in dual perspective ‘Through the Ever Night’ mainly deals with them adjusting to tribal life now that they have escaped influence of the Dome, and are out to track down the fable of the Ever Blue under the Aether storms that wrack the planet increasing with frequency and ferocity threatening their lives.
I think I enjoyed this more than the debut. There was more adventure, more at stake, and plenty of twists and turns. Plus the description and encounters with the Aether storms really felt threatening this time. I could see it all play out in my mind.
I’m still on the fence about the dual perspective – but it worked because of the separate storylines of both Aria and Perry (Peregrine.) It’s when they are together that the alternating narrative feels redundant.
Perry was really tested, screwed up, but grew and become a leader. I wasn’t all that sold on him in ‘Under the Never Sky’ ‘but I’ve grown a new found affection for him now.
Aria turned her stubborn streak into determination. Though hers is more a survival story. I can see her being shaped into a leader as well. Especially with her dealing with Dweller discrimination. She was no longer relying on Perry for survival, but carving her own path.
Roar, a member of their tribe, had to be my favourite though. Like a gentle giant at times, and a ferocious warrior the next. This was really his time to shine – I’m curious to see what the future brings him. The interactions between him and Aria are endearing.
I was a bit disappointed to see that the mechanics of the plot that were introduced in the first novel were ignored for the most part, and this novel brought about a subplot all of itself. Having said that, it has set this series up for an explosive climax and I’m actually excited to see what will happen.
There are lots of chapters ending on small cliff-hangers, and the pacing is pretty good. There were moments when my attention waned, but on the whole the flow is engaging and I love how this book concluded. Being the second book in a trilogy, I was delighted it performed so strongly.
I love the hardback covers, muted tones in the background hinting at a storm and weird nature growth with a hot guy on the cover – though to be honest, I imagined Perry looking more tribal and jungle than the pictured guy that looked like a 1990’s band throw-back in casual clothes and a leather wrist band. The inner cover is just plain black with coloured foiled lettering to match the hues of the dust jacket and the font of the book is large, making you feel like you are flying through the story quickly.
I’m definitely chuffed to read the finale, and at the time that this review is being posted, I’m already starting to jump into ‘Into the Still Blue.’
Overall reaction: You’ve got my attention… continue.
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