Author: Veronica Rossi
Series: Under the Never Sky #2
So Under the Never Sky was one of my favorite books that I read in 2012. And while I liked the two main characters I must confess I had a crush on Perry's friend Roar. With a dystopian setting and cruel fire twisters devastating the landscape I knew I had to read Through the Ever Night. And it helped that Roar was going to be in this one too...
Against terrible odds, Perry and Aria are together again traveling back to Perry's home of the Tides. But things are anything but simple. Because Perry's people hate dwellers like Aria, Perry and Aria have to decided to keep their romance a secret from the people of the Tide. With the Aether getting worse and scorching most of Perry's land, the people of the Tides are terrified and fighting over control and solutions to the Aether's growing strength. To make matters worse, Aria and Perry must find the location of the Still Blue and report back to Consul Hess or else Perry's kidnapped nephew Talon is in grave danger.
Hoping to settle her differences with the Tides, Aria agrees to be marked, a very large tattoo drawn on her arm that signals to others her Aud capabilities. Perry notices the second something goes wrong with Aria's ceremony. Poison was slipped into the ink and now Aria is fighting for her life. To protect Perry (and possibly herself), and keep him staying with the Tides, Roar and Aria set off on a long journey in search of Roar's lost love Liv and the location of the Still Blue. But what will they find when they travel to Rim and meet with Liv's betrothed Sable? Will he give up the location of the Still Blue. Will Liv run away with Roar? And how will Perry keep his people safe from hunger and the unforgiving Aether?
What I LIKED about this book
This book did not suffer from the dreaded second book conundrum. While Perry and Aria still had some obstacles to overcome as a couple, no character had a loss of identity from book 1. The plot was intriguing and suspenseful, yet was able to set up the 3rd book nicely. Aria was more sure of herself this time around, especially during the fighting scenes.
What I DISLIKED about this book
Perry and Aria spent most of the book apart and while there were a few glimpses of the Roar we remember and love from book 1, he was depressed and worried throughout most of the book. I hope we see more of Roar in the 3rd book and he's overcome his demons so we can enjoy him more.
Overall I'm going to give Through the Ever Night 4.5 out of 5 stars. You will love it after Under the Never Sky. Very few authors have been able to make the 2nd book in a trilogy better or equal in caliber to the 1st book, and that's just what Rossi has accomplished. You should read this series if you enjoy dystopian, fantasy and romance novels. You may do what I did and read this book all through the night! (I'm so hilarious)