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When I read Under the Never Sky, I was completely captivated by the world that Veronica Rossi built and the characters in it. Whenever that happens, I approach the second book with trepidation because I want it to be just as good--or better--than the first book. I want to be even more in love with the series after book two than I was after book one.
And you know what? Through the Ever Night nailed it. I officially love this series even more.
Told in the same alternative points of view we know from Under the Never Sky, Through the Ever Night continues the character development of Perry and Aria that began in Under the Never Sky. Aria seeks the location of the Still Blue--and a place to fit in. Caught between the Dwellers and the Outsiders, she struggles to find her place. She had a harrowing journey, both physically and emotionally. Perry, though, underwent some of the bigger changes--learning what it means to be a good Blood Lord and breaking past his quick temper to find what his heart already knows. Their love story just makes me happy.
But Aria and Perry are far from the only characters central to this book. Roar is back, his lightheartedness a welcome addition to the story, though his underlying strength comes through in his quest to find Liv. (Oh, Roar and Liv! Oh, Roar! Oh, Liv! OH. OH. OH, HOW MY HEART HURTS.) We were re-introduced to characters from Under the Never Sky, and they took on new--and sometimes surprising--roles in Through the Ever Night. We were also introduced to new characters. (Though, oh man. How I hated them. HATE. HATE. HATE.)
The ending leaves us with new revelations--secrets are spilled, and the world continues to change and shift, becoming more dangerous. The Aether and its storms are scary. I am anxiously awaiting Into the Still Blue, ready to dive back into the world, and hoping for a happy ending for all involved.