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Through the Ever Night (Under the Never Sky #2) by Veronica Rossi
Publication date: Jan 8, 2013
Category: Young Adult - Dystopian
Summary: 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, Aria begins to fear that leaving Perry behind might be the only way to save them both. Threatened by false friends, hidden enemies, and powerful temptations, Aria and Perry wonder, can their love survive? (Adapted goodreads.com)
My thoughts…The good: Perry, Aria and Roar - how I've missed you three! It's been less than a month since I read Under the Never Sky but I've been so eager to dive back into their world. And let me tell you, Through the Ever Night did NOT disappoint. The book still alternates between Perry and Aria's point-of-views and they've both grown up a lot since we last saw them. Perry is now the Blood Lord of The Tides and is struggling to prove himself as a capable leader. He trusts his instincts but his people continue to doubt and question him. Aria, I think, evolved the most. She's more confident and skilled in her abilities as an Audible (thanks to Roar), more mature, braver. They are reunited immediately (yay!) but just as quickly, their relationship faces obstacles. The Tides don't see Aria as anything more than a Dweller or a Mole and they make their disapproval of her loud and clear (who unfortunately can hear every little mean whisper). Her presence doesn't exactly fortify Perry's position. At the same time, he's trying to save his people from starving and the ever present Aether storms. Plus Aria has a mission of her own - find the Still Blue. It's a lot to handle and they're both constantly challenged, as individuals and in their relationship. It was a little frustrating (but in a good way that made sense) how their missions kept putting them on different paths. But it made their moments together all the more wonderful (Sorry, I just love them!). The whole story in general just felt more gripping and the stakes felt higher with all these twists and turns. Through the Ever Night was basically everything I loved about Under the Never Sky times two.
Now I need to talk a little bit about Roar. I saved him for last in my other review too - I don't know why exactly. I guess because he's not like other secondary characters. He's got a story and a heartache of his own that's separate from Perry and Aria. It just so happens he's their best friend. Which was one of my favorite things about this book. We already knew his history with Perry but we got to see a strong friendship develop between him and Aria too.
(No) reservations: None! Not only do we get to see all the characters grow, but I felt like the story was much clearer too (ie. explaining the Aether and why the people are divided).
Do I recommend?: I definitely recommend this series. It's one of my favorites for sure. It's going to be a LONG wait until 2014.