Through the Ever Night: Under the Never Sky, Book 2

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Michael Berry, Common Sense Media
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Second volume of dystopian adventure/romance loses momentum.

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Educational Value

Through the Ever Night is focused more on adventure and romance than in imparting real-world knowledge. Its science fictional 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.

Violence

The level of violence of Through the Ever Night is somewhat lower than in the previous volume in this series. There are two main battle scenes that involve stabbing and shooting, but without much bloody detail. A character is poisoned with tattoo ink, and another suffers a fatal arrow strike.

Sex

Aria and Peregrine are strongly attracted to each other, but neither has much opportunity to act upon their attraction. They share a couple of passionate kisses. And at one point Peregrine kisses another young woman.

Language

The language in Through the Ever Night is mild, with only a few instances of "damn," "bastard," and "hell."

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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Through the Ever Night is the second installment in the dystopian adventure romance series that began with Under the Never Sky. It reads very much as the middle book of a trilogy: interesting enough but without much forward momentum in the narrative. There's some violence: a couple of battles in which combatants are stabbed or shot, a poisoning by tattoo ink, and a fatal arrow strike. The level of sexual content does not rise much higher than some passionate kissing and embraces. A few mild curse words ("damn," "bastard," "hell") are used once or twice.

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What's the story?

THROUGH THE EVER NIGHT picks up on the heels of the series' first volume, Under the Never Sky. Aria, the Dweller who has lived most of her life within a protective pod, reunites with Peregrine, leader of the nomadic Tides, whose family and friends struggle to survive in the wake of the treacherous and unpredictable Aether storms. Aria's presence causes the Tides to distrust Peregrine's leadership, but if they knew the secret she carries, they would probably rebel completely. Is their love strong enough to protect them while they seek the ultimate sanctuary of the Still Blue, the protected place that may only be a myth?

Is it any good?

Through the Ever Night doesn't match the excitement of this series' initial volume. The plot seems mostly concerned with Peregrine's internal political struggles with his fellow members of the Tides, and these never quite generate the suspense necessary to drive the narrative. Aria's adventures in exile have a little more oomph, but too much of the book feels as if the author is making time until the big finish. Here's hoping the final installment will justify the measured pace of Through the Ever Night.

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