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Brooke (Under the Never Sky #2.5) – Veronica Rossi

Brooke (Under the Never Sky #2.5) – Veronica RossiTitle: Brooke (Under the Never Sky #2.5) by Veronica Rossi
Publishing Info: November 26, 2013 by HarperCollins
Genres: Dystopian, Young Adult
Find it on the web: Buy from Amazon // GoodreadsDate Completed: December 17, 2013
Related Posts: Under the Never Sky (Under the Never Sky #1), Through the Ever Night (Under the Never Sky #2), Roar and Liv (Under the Never Sky #0.5), Into the Still Blue (Under the Never Sky #3)

    Set just before the events of Into the Still Blue, the conclusion to Veronica Rossi's Under the Never Sky trilogy, this breathtaking novella is a satisfying stand-alone for new readers as well as an exciting glimpse at favorite characters from the trilogy. Pulsing with romance and danger, Brooke will leave readers desperate for the conclusion to this epic and unforgettable saga.
    The only fight she can't win is the one for Perry's heart. Following the stunning climax in Through the Ever Night, the Tides have been forced to seek shelter from the Aether storms in a dismal, secluded cave. But Brooke's memories of the cave go back much further, to when she and Perry used to come here together. That was before Perry fell in love with Aria and before Vale's dealings with the Dwellers altered the course of the Tides forever.
    Now, with her sister back from a haunting year in captivity and Aria lying unconscious in the sick bay, Brooke struggles to put the pieces of her life back together. Without Perry, who is she? And what is her role in this frightening new world? As these questions swirl about her, an old threat to the Tides resurfaces, and Brooke is forced to put the lives of her people before her own. But in taking this step outside of herself, Brooke may finally discover what she truly wants.

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I feel like a lot of people were really disappointed that this novella was from Brooke’s POV simply because Brooke was a sort of antagonist for Aria and Perry’s relationship. Because of her history with Perry, she adopted a somewhat sour disposition and she wasn’t very amiable towards Aria and struggled to be around Perry. I was actually really looking forward to reading Brooke’s POV.

I feel like I’ve been been in Brooke’s position before, albeit in a less intense way. It’s not easy to be in a situation like that — post-break-up AND a new person creeping in on your territory… Thrown in conflict with a sister who’s essentially been kidnapped and a threat to your home and it’s easy to feel exactly like Brooke does. She’s a very strong person but she’s had so much thrown at her that it’s hard to keep it all together. I actually really liked reading from her perspective because we got to see a different side of her and hear things from inside her stream of consciousness. Brooke is a hard creature to tame so she’s less likely to filter her thoughts and her actions. It was interesting to see compared to Aria and Perry who make very calculated decisions.

Reading Brooke’s story also showed her growth throughout the series as well. It’s hard to see how developed her character really is when we only get Aria and Perry’s story in UNDER THE NEVER SKY and THROUGH THE EVER NIGHT and Veronica Rossi is an expert at character development. She’s definitely come a long way since we first met her and even though this is only a novella, she really shows the most progress in this book. We also get some, erm… swoony action here! Since Brooke doesn’t get any more involvement with Perry, we actually get a taste of two new boys in this story and I really loved learning more about both of them!

BROOKE is a novella that takes place between THROUGH THE EVER NIGHT and INTO THE STILL BLUE, but having already read INTO THE STILL BLUE, I’m actually glad I read BROOKE after. You can absolutely read BROOKE before the last book in the series (it does come sequentially before!) but I really liked reading the last book, seeing how everything plays out through the end, and going back to just before INTO THE STILL BLUE starts. Just my personal preference (like I think there are going to be spoilers or something haha. There aren’t, but I’m just weird like that) but I really liked reading the novella after!

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Brooke // Character Obsessions: Protecting Clara, finding the Still Blue, getting over Perry.
Brooke really grew a lot in this novella alone which was so impressive to do over the span of a short story. I really admired her bravery, determination, and I respected her journey throughout this story. I really appreciated hearing her point of view and I’m once again impressed by Veronica Rossi’s character development!

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Kept Me Hooked On: Veronica Rossi. How does she do this?!? We had an understanding of Brooke before but I got to know so much more about her and I saw so much of a change in this short story. I was so impressed!
Left Me Wanting More: Brooke. I wish we got to see more of Brooke in the meat of this series! She does play a bigger role in INTO THE STILL BLUE but even still… I really started to love and appreciate her character a lot and this being the last part of the series I read, I really wanted to see more of her!

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Read it!

I hope that people who aren’t Brooke fans will appreciated this short story from her perspective! I think she really showed a lot of maturity — or at least on her way to growing — in this story and I think it’s a great addition to this series.

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Under the Never Sky (Under the Never Sky #1) – Veronica Rossi

Under the Never Sky (Under the Never Sky #1) – Veronica RossiTitle: Under the Never Sky (Under the Never Sky #1) by Veronica Rossi
Publishing Info: January 3, 2012 by HarperCollins
Source: Library
Genres: Dystopian, Science Fiction, Young Adult
Find it on the web: Buy from Amazon // GoodreadsDate Completed: July 10, 2012
Related Posts: Through the Ever Night (Under the Never Sky #2), Roar and Liv (Under the Never Sky #0.5), Brooke (Under the Never Sky #2.5), Into the Still Blue (Under the Never Sky #3)

     Since she'd been on the outside, she'd survived an Aether storm, she'd had a knife held to her throat, and she'd seen men murdered. This was worse.
     Exiled from her home, the enclosed city of Reverie, Aria knows her chances of surviving in the outer wasteland - known as The Death Shop - are slim. If the cannibals don't get her, the violent, electrified energy storms will. She's been taught that the very air she breathes can kill her. Then Aria meets an Outsider named Perry. He's wild - a savage - and her only hope of staying alive.
     A hunter for his tribe in a merciless landscape, Perry views Aria as sheltered and fragile - everything he would expect from a Dweller. But he needs Aria's help too; she alone holds the key to his redemption. Opposites in nearly every way, Aria and Perry must accept each other to survive. Their unlikely alliance forges a bond that will determine the fate of all who live under the never sky.

Breaking It Down Further: Aria has spent all of her life in Reverie. Her home has surpassed the generations before from refining genetics to fractioning in Realms — Extremely realistic virtual worlds where Aria has every scenario at her fingertips. In the Realms, their slogan is that it’s “Better than real” because everything is free from risk, injury and pain. But after a startling incident, Aria is blamed for the deaths of a few of her friends and is exiled from her home, out into the wilderness – Where the Outsiders and the Savages dwell and the Aether storms rage. When Perry gets mixed up with Aria, he suddenly can’t seem to tear himself away. Used to his family, his natural heightened scenes, and knack for survival, Aria is everything he is not. Soon, they find themselves both relying on each other for survival.

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Yes! Wow. Okay. So my reaction first: In the beginning I was like, la la la la, this is a nice story, I’m interested. I was very interested in this new high-tech and extremely advanced yet sheltered world that Rossi had created. Right away I noticed that she had a really unique and very colorful way of describing things, but delicately enough that I didn’t get overwhelmed with “over descriptions” as I often do when learning about a new world. Everything seemed very effortless and natural.

I really enjoyed Aria and Perry as our main characters (the book alternates between each person’s point-of-view although the whole book is told in the third person). It was more noticeable to see the growth in Aria’s character. As intended, by the end of the book, she’s blossomed into a completely different character, full of strength and talents that she never knew she possessed. Perry also showed a lot of growth, but his was more of an emotional growth than a personal improvement like Aria’s. We see Perry figure out how to love through his experiences with Aria, we see his patience grow and he opens up a lot.

I really loved watching the relationship between Aria and Perry grow! It was definitely not insta-love. It took time and each of them slowly tested the waters before they both felt comfortable enough to dive into the relationship and really express how they felt towards each other. By the end, I was totally wrapped up in it and I felt the heartbreak when they felt the heartbreak. Rossi did an excellent job of creating this romance!

I think one thing that may be understated here is the supporting characters. I absolutely loved Roar. I would love to see more of him in future books! He says the things that Perry cannot say around Aria. He’s more outgoing and brings a nice tone of humor while Perry’s character is more serious. I also really liked Cinder. He plays a really key role in the book even though he seems like a small character. Deep down you see how he really just wants to do good and ultimately finds a way to do so in the end.

As I progressed through the book, I just got more and more into it. I’d say once the romance really started blossoming, I started really falling for the book. Before then I was enjoying it a lot, but that was what sealed the deal for me. Then finally in the end where we get a lot of action, some major twists, and even more relationship development, I was sold. I loved it!

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5/5 STARS
I started at a 4, climbed to a 4.5, then at the end I was like, “How could I not give this a 5!?”

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