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Perry and Aria have moved not only the Tides, Perry's tribe, but also all the Dweller's they rescued from the pod, into the caves down by the beach. The aether storms are getting worse and it's predicted that within a month, they will no longer to be able to set foot outside the cave without death or serious injury from it. The Still Blue must be found because the cave's supplies are dwindling. Aria & Perry set off to rescue Cinder from Sable & Hess. They believe he is the key to entering this safe space of land, though nothing is certain. On this journey, they find out more than they ever wanted to know, that Cinder really is the key to the Still Blue, but can he survive the crossing? And can Perry live with himself if he doesn't?
We get one final glimpse at this whole gang and I'm left wanting so much more. Perry & Aria grow closer and stronger, nothing major changes with them here. Roar slowly climbs out of his grief over Liv, though I don't see how he can manage it. Brooke is less bitch-y and nicer to everyone, even helping the dwellers some. Soren becomes a bigger player, helping the gang get to Sable & Hess's camp and hacking in. And Cinder, poor Cinder, is strong and brave.
Overall, I believe I enjoyed this, but I didn't love it and I definitely feel a bit unsatisfied. The story was great and interesting, bringing the characters back to life in this installment, but I hated the way the ending play out and the deaths. I'm pretty vocal on my hatred of character deaths, especially ones that I feel were avoidable. That's one of the many reasons I will never read the Divergent trilogy because I know that'll just piss me off to no end. The second half felt overly predictable.****SPOILER****Of course Soren and Brooke are going to develop a thing for each other. Of course Sable is going to betray everyone who dares to partner with him. And of fucking course Cinder has to die. That make me so angry. You just killed a goddamn kid. A KID! Who did nothing wrong. I get the whole sacrifice for the greater good, but just fucking don't. There had to be another way.****END SPOILER****
Aria finally gets to learn about her father here and that was an interesting twist. I think it was the only one I didn't see coming immediately. I wanted to hate him, and though he made it easy in the beginning, neither I nor Aria could really hate him. You also get to see even more of "good" Soren, which made me endlessly happy. I loved the turn of events, getting to see hims how the good side and have a legitimate reason for going psycho. I really would like to see more of his side of the story, how things worked inside the pod through the events of Through The Ever Night.
If you are just looking for a novel that wraps up the story and gives you more of Aria & Perry, than this is exactly what you are looking for. The story ties up relatively well, giving the majority of the characters the happily ever after they were seeking. It is a bit too predictable and has a few too many character deaths for me to truly love it, so I'm just a tad disappointed. If character deaths isn't an issue, than you'll adore this as much as it's predecessors, otherwise, have a few tissues at the ready!
****Thank you to HarperCollins for providing me with an eARC via Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review****