Veronica Rossi's writing has improved with every single book in this trilogy. As has her ability to weave plots - so many times this novel had me laughing one minute and in floods of tears the moment I turned the page. Though it wasn't ideal considering half the time I was reading this in public whilst on holiday. I absolutely flew through this book.
It's very rare that I'm completely satisfied with a finale book but I can't think of anything that I wasn't happy with in this one. I mean certain events left me bawling (I'll talk more about that after) but they were necessary. The pace of this book felt more consistent than the first two, there were never really any slow points and it constantly had me on the edge of my seat... or rather sun lounger.
I'm incredibly sad that I've finished this series, I fell head over heels for Aria, Perry and Roar... mainly Roar if I'm honest. I wasn't a huge fan of Perry and Aria to begin with but the way they've developed over the series was wonderful. I think I say in every review how much I prefer flawed characters, the ones that have some growing to do. They feel more real.
We first meet everyone again hiding in a cave attempting to shelter from the ever worsening Aether Storms. By everyone I mean dweller and outsider alike...which as you can imagine made for some rather interesting dynamics. This was one of my favourite parts of the novel, I loved the snarky comments. Particularly between Soren and Brooke - I knew something was going to happen between them. Perry was already a leader but this arrangement essentially forced Aria into becoming a voice for the dwellers, a responsibility she took very seriously. And that she did well with.
For the most part the core group worked well together. Perry created a team consisting on Aria, Soren, Roar, Brooke and Jupiter with the objective to break into Sable and Hess' base. Veronica Rossi clearly loves playing with familial relationships, considering what happened with Perry and Vale and now between Soren and his father. Admittedly, it makes for excellent reading.
In this novel Roar was still trying to come to terms with the loss of Liv, a death I don't think anyone was prepared for. As a result during the mission to infiltrate the base Roar ran from the group on his own mission. Vengeance. This was a pivotal moment in the book and written masterfully. Roar left, so Aria got shot and virtually lost the use of her arm, Perry and Cinder both got captured. Now, not only was Roar angry he was consumed with guilt - and rightly so. This series more than most seems to play on the snowball effect. One things leads to another and so on and so on. If Roar hadn't run off the most harrowing part of this novel may not have come into play.
Cinder's Death. I'm still not happy but I understand why it happened. I am thankful that we got to know more about Cinder and his part in getting to the Still Blue. I also loved how they named the new city at the end of the novel Cinder. It was the perfect way to close out the trilogy.
This is without question one of my favourite trilogies.