Through the Ever Night

Through the Ever Night - Veronica Rossi LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE.Here’s what Rossi got right, and here’s what I loved about TTEN!I already had a lot of FEELS about this going into the book. It hit my nook at about 12:23 am and I finished it at 1:44. I read really fast. Also, it was HEART POUNDING GOOD. I couldn’t stop reading it. I was devouring it. I kinda sorta reviewed it here on my blog if you’re interested! (UTNS and TTEN possible spoilers). I’m a poor reviewer. I should have waited until I wrote this post here because I thought things through a little more. http://writingwithcats.wordpress.com/2013/01/08/through-the-ever-night-new-release/From a YA reader perspective, here’s what Veronica Rossi nailed:The sensation of being lost and rootless in the world The value of friendship. More than Aria & Perry’s romance, I absolutely love Aria and Roar’s friendship. It’s so full of platonic friendship, gentleness, understanding, and fierce devotion. It’s really rare to find a friendship without romance like this between a girl and a guy in YA lit. I absolutely appreciated this. The willingness to make hard decisions in a story. It is hard to put a character through the ringer and then when they’re completely smashed of every hope in the world, dump some more crap on their head. But when it moves the story forward, it’s completely necessary and she made hard decisions to make this story as believable and strong and real as it is.Believable romance. Aria and Perry live in absolute chaos. Their worlds are being undermined by outside influences and the weather of all things. They haven’t known each other for that long. They do not make out at every opportunity, even when in private. They rely on their romance to be their anchor and life preserver. They are not desperate in it. My biggest annoyance in another well reviewed YA dystopia sequel was the two main characters seriously seemed to make out at every opportunity, and most of those opportunities were inopportune. Aria and Perry were so much more real in their love and so much more subtle, and by extension of that, much more believable and heart squeezing, in their affection and thoughts about each other.And more importantly, I do want to give Veronica Rossi the kudos she deserves in refusing to bend to a genre’s rules. Is this trilogy science fiction? Fantasy? Dystopia? Post apocalyptic? Is it all four? Can you be all four? DOES IT MATTER? No. She wrote a fantastic book. She wrote a beautiful love story. She wrote an incredibly coming of age story for Aria and an incredible friendship between Roar and Aria and an incredible myth for Perry. She wrote a story. TTEN doesn’t feel like she said, “Well, no one could figure out if the Senses were magic or genetics, so let’s make that clear”. I still don’t know. I still think that the Aether is believable, that people have incredibly sharp senses, and others are jealous of them. I believe that the cities she set up were fantastical, but that I had felt that sense of fantasy before in science fiction. I understand that there was an apocalypse and there’s something about this world that’s very familiar. I understand there was the Unity and there is history there. I also know that it doesn’t matter because this is the world the characters I love live in, and thus whether things are real or not real (point for HG reference? Yes please) doesn’t matter because they have to deal with their world regardless.So thank you, Veronica, for writing two books that refuse to sit nicely in one subgenre and writing a book that basically made my heart melt into a puddle of tears.I’ll see you guys later. I’m going to go find Roar and snuggle him.(stolen from my tumblr ;))