It would be super easy to dismiss any new dystopian young adult trilogies as copycats of the Hunger Games phenomenon — except the authors of these books keep coming up with scarier — and brilliantly original — ways of showing us how the future could go horribly, horribly wrong. Veronica Rossi did that with this year’s Under the Never Sky, which followed 17-year-old Aria exiled from a (literally) sheltered world where devices implanted in people’s eyes create a virtual reality to keep them content to remain indoors forever. Outside, dangerous lightning makes everyday life a gamble, but some Outsiders, like Peregrine, have acute senses to help them and their tribes survive. Of course, Perry and Aria meet up, and their chemistry rivals those deadly lightning bolts. Until, that is, their heroic antics force them to part ways.
In the trailer for book two, Through the Ever Night, we see that Perry and Aria will be reunited, thank goodness. But since this is the second book in a trilogy, we know things won’t be all happily ever after right away.
“The trailer captures the rising stakes that Peregrine and Aria face in Through the Ever Night. If book one was their story, book two broadens the scope to include their societies,” Rossi told VH1 via email. “There are many aspects I loved about writing this book, but one in particular was the introduction of secondary characters who stole my heart. I think I might write some fan fiction on the side about them!”
That’s got our attention, for sure. Through the Ever Night hits shelves on January 8. The trilogy has been optioned by Warner Bros., too, so check back here for movie updates too!
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