Into the Still Blue: Under the Never Sky, Book 3

Book review by
Michael Berry, Common Sense Media
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Trilogy finale regains energy for satisfying conclusion.

Parents say

age 12+
Based on 1 review

Kids say

age 13+
Based on 2 reviews

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Educational Value

Into the Still Blue is focused more on adventure and romance than on imparting real-world knowledge. Its science-fiction trappings are not explored with any great depth.

Positive Messages

Effective leaders need to balance their own hopes and dreams with the needs of the people who depend on them. Sometimes leadership requires sacrifices for everyone, but honesty among individuals is what best assures safety and happiness.

Positive Role Models & Representations

Aria and Peregrine take their responsibilities as leaders extremely seriously. They are always working to protect those who depend on them, even at the expense of their own safety and aspirations. They are uniformly brave, resourceful, and empathetic.


Into the Still Blue contains scenes of violence, but they are not overly graphic. Sable brutally beats Perry. Three supporting characters are shot to death, as are some faceless underlings. There's a death by strangulation.


Aria and Peregrine clearly share a sexually intimate relationship. They exchange passionate kisses and embraces and sleep in the same bed, but further details are left to the imagination.


A few uses of "damn," "hell," and "bastard."


There is no consumerism-related content in Into the Still Blue.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

Some of the older characters drink a beverage called "Luster," which seems to be mildly intoxicating.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Into the Still Blue is the third installment in the dystopian adventure romance series that began with Under the Never Sky and continued in Through the Ever Night. It contains scenes of violence, including a brutal beating, the shooting deaths of some important supporting characters, and a climactic strangling. Although the protagonists, Aria and Perry, clearly sleep in the same bed and share a sexually intimate relationship, the level of sexual content does not rise much higher than some passionate kissing and embraces. A few mild curse words.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written October 21, 2018

I loved this book!

I would definitely recommend this book for anyone that likes dystopian and romance reads such as the Divergent trilogy and The Hunger Games trilogy! This book k... Continue reading
Kid, 11 years old January 14, 2015
I love this book and the books before it. If your under 9 it will be a bit advanced but if you like distopian novels this ones really good.
Teen, 17 years old Written bygilly_boy July 21, 2014

Still leaves me with questions

I felt kind of disappointed in the ending; it didn't bring closure, I guess. For one there are too many deaths and maybe it didn't feel as realistic a... Continue reading

What's the story?

The opening of INTO THE STILL BLUE finds Aria, Perry, and their tribemates at a literal low point, living in caves and desperate to make their next move against their rival, Sable. Aria has been shot, and her arm refuses to heal properly. The Aether storms, which make life on the surface highly dangerous, are getting stronger. And Perry has to find a way to rescue Cinder, the troubled boy who may hold the key to controlling the Aether. Can they work with their enemies to find a way to survive, or will their salvation come only through violence?

Is it any good?

Maybe some tales of futuristic dystopias aren't meant to be stretched across three volumes. The Under the Never Sky trilogy started promisingly, but its momentum flagged in the second installment. The final book regains some of the lost energy, but much of the story feels repetitive and stretched out, especially those scenes in which characters squabble longer than is interesting. Longtime fans probably will be happy with the saga's resolution, but some will be eager for author Veronica Rossi to move on to a new setting and cast of characters.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can discuss why dystopian science fiction is currently so popular. What about the imagined end of civilization appeals to young readers?

  • What qualities make a good leader? What strategies do they employ to manage their followers?

  • How would you feel if you believed that one of your parents had betrayed you? How might you try to reestablish trust?

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