Through the Ever Night | Veronica Rossi | Reviewed by Anjali
Sunday, 11 August 2013
Warning: May contain spoilers
If you cast your mind back to May, you might remember that Niina reviewed Veronica Rossi's book, Under the Never Sky. Do go back and have a read of it. I, like Niina, really enjoyed that book, so when I finished reading it last week, I was straight into the next one. Today, I'm looking at that sequel, Through the Ever Night. If you haven't read it, but are planning too, be warned! This may contain spoilers.
Through the Ever Night picks up a few weeks after the events in Under the Never Sky. It continues the story of Aria and Perry, and their struggles and triumphs on the outside, in the wastelands. A quick recap: Aria is from inside a protective dome called Reverie, where she and her community have lived; Perry is an outsider, a Savage, who has grown up in the wild, in a tribe run by his father, then his brother. In Through the Ever Night, Perry is now the head of the tribe, the Tides, and is working hard to try and keep his people alive, while at the same time trying to figure out how to save his nephew, Talon, from his kidnappers at Reverie. Aria is trying to do the same thing, but by finding the Still Blue, a place of green grass and blue skies, free from the ever dangerous, ever lingering Aether storms that cover the sky. If she can find the Still Blue, the man holding Talon captive will do a trade; the location of the Still Blue for Talon.
The book, like the first one, is written in third person and also split into chapters that are told from Perry's perspective, and then chapters told from Aria's perspective. Although this was great in the first book, I think it worked really well in the second, as Perry and Aria spend a lot of time apart throughout the book. This book also introduces us to some new characters, some of which are intriguing and interesting, some of which you wish you could avoid.
With friendship and love, a boy who can play with the storm, a dog called Flea, the appearance of a character who was previously only talked about, and the eventual resolutions and answers to a whole lot of questions, Through the Ever Night, like Under the Never Sky, is a great read that will keep you turning the pages well into the night. It has quite a fast pace, and there isn't a dull moment. And at only 341 pages, you're bound to start and finish it super quickly. I'm really looking forward to the third instalment, Into the Still Blue, which comes out in January next year.
This post was written by regular reviewer Anjali, get to know her here.
Post author: Anjali
Anjali is a New Zealander with a love of DIY, photography, travel, Harry Potter, binge watching TV shows, and blogging over at This Splendid Shambles. Oh and books. She loves books. Her favourite genres are YA, dystopian, and fantasy.