My rating: 5 of 5 stars
Okay, I went a little easy on this grading. I can’t say it’s a perfect book, but it’s just so crazy exciting and dramatic that I couldn’t just give this book 4 stars.
Just know that the review I’ll be giving is given with the assumption that you’ve already read the first book.
From beginning to end, it seems that the troubles of Perry and Aria’s union doesn’t end. Yes, things start where they ended in the first book, and now the choices they both have to make may not seem as easy as they thought, even if Perry is the Blood Lord of the Tides. He may have the title, but it seems that getting the Tides to follow him won’t be as easy as he thought.
Here’s what’s great about this part. Being a leader isn’t always as cracked up to be, and Perry begins to learn that, and it’s just such a realistic way of seeing how his people react to him and his decisions.
Then there’s Aria, the Dweller who’s actually half-Outsider, and not only that, an Audile. The Aether storms are always stirring things up, but the people they both have to deal with are the ones that could potentially break them.
What’s weird is that the things that both these characters felt throughout the book, I felt and I understood. I didn’t think at all that any of them were acting or reacting in a way that I thought ridiculous or foolish or unrealistic. The emotion that the author creates is all so real and palpable, you forget that this takes place in some weather-torn futuristic earth.
What’s interesting is that the realization that even in the future, people will react as they always do when confronted with others that are different than they are. They react with skepticism, anger, confusion, and fear. It’s such a human thing, and dwellers and outsiders alike still act in human ways, although the humane ways seem to be lost among many of them.
Getting to learn about Perry’s way of life is also fantastic to read about and the people of his tribe are just as human as they can be, in both the good and bad sense of the word. Veronica Rossi certainly doesn’t mind giving the readers a whole range of emotions when it comes to reading about the different people in the tribe. And there are sure a lot of emotions to take in.
You feel for Perry in this situation where he has to care over a tribe that his father and his older brother seemed to have done so well, without as much as a flick of the wrist. You feel a lot more for him when he comes to grips with his past as well as his present. I have to admit I didn’t have a problem shedding a tear for him at all, or what he comes to realize in his role.
Aria, being the other half of this book, again is as admirable in this book as she was in the first book. She definitely has a much stronger heart than I would in more than a handful of situations she comes to deal with. She certainly is much more forgiving than I think I would be at times, which probably would’ve cost her her life if she was like me, as well as the lives of other people.
These main characters are not the only ones that you end up feeling for, as the other ones pull at your heartstrings just as much, including that of Roar and Cinder, and crap, maybe even one you didn’t think you’d like at all. I cannot tell you how many times my heart felt like it was being stabbed at with a bunch of long, sharp daggers, how my jaw clenched and tightened, or how my eyes brimmed with tears (I’m not exaggerating) by all that was happening within the pages of this book.
It’s not just all about the romance, believe me. There is still plenty of drama and action in this book to keep you enthralled, especially with the Aether storms, the search for the Still Blue, and the people of both Aria and Perry demanding something from them, breaking them apart in different directions, no matter if it was intentional or not.
This is the type of book that can make you rethink how you act in stressful situations, how you might try to improve, and how easy it is to come to a false conclusion about people at times, which can quickly turn to regret for the person.
I was surprised how much I really enjoyed it, and I definitely cannot wait to read the third and final book of this trilogy, as Veronica Rossi has created as world that although can look so different, has just as much real personality as the world we live in today.
Maybe you’d think this book is too similar to other YA dystopian books out there, but the way the journey is told is the exciting part about it. And there’s a journey to be had here.
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