January 3rd 2012, Harper Collins
384 pages, Hardcover
First in the Under the Never Sky series
Young Adult Dystopian
Aria is a teenager in the enclosed city of Reverie. Like all Dwellers, she spends her time with friends in virtual environments, called Realms, accessed through an eyepiece called a Smarteye. Aria enjoys the Realms and the easy life in Reverie. When she is forced out of the pod for a crime she did not commit, she believes her death is imminent. The outside world is known as The Death Shop, with danger in every direction.
As an Outsider, Perry has always known hunger, vicious predators, and violent energy storms from the swirling electrified atmosphere called the Aether. A bit of an outcast even among his hunting tribe, Perry withstands these daily tests with his exceptional abilities, as he is gifted with powerful senses that enable him to scent danger, food and even human emotions.
They come together reluctantly, for Aria must depend on Perry, whom she considers a barbarian, to help her get back to Reverie, while Perry needs Aria to help unravel the mystery of his beloved nephew’s abduction by the Dwellers. Together they embark on a journey challenged as much by their prejudices as by encounters with cannibals and wolves. But to their surprise, Aria and Perry forge an unlikely love - one that will forever change the fate of all who live UNDER THE NEVER SKY.
Opinion:You’ve probably heard of Veronica Rossi’s debut dystopian novel. You’ve probably read about the hype and the excitement from the recent release. And if you’ve been to the bookstore, you’ve probably noticed her book proudly being displayed. Here’s my take on this epic novel.
Under the Never Sky is nothing like I’ve read before. It’s a thrilling read with a slow-simmering romance. I can’t even describe how much I loved it. There’s a perfect dose of creative sci-fi in this dystopian/post-apocalyptic. I don’t think it’s too early to say it’s one of the best books I’ve read this year.
Aria is a Dweller who comes from the Pods where everything is regulated and organized to prevent disaster and disease. That doesn’t mean that everything is perfect though. Perry is an Outsider with survival instinct. He’s a warrior but seen as a savage to the Dwellers, including Aria. Aria’s safe world suddenly changes when she is banished from her own pod. Luckily, she manages to find Perry. They both come from different races and have lived in different worlds. But as you follow Aria and Perry’s journey, you get to see them change and grow. You see them share a little and a lot from each of their own worlds while creating a unique relationship of their own. They balance each other out.
Veronica Rossi created a beautiful world. The book cover pretty much says it all. Oh the Aether storms! The world-building is fantastic. Under the Never Sky is so detailed! I enjoyed reading them battle it out in the land of violent storms and cannibals. There’s a lot of action and fighting to compliment the sweets suspense of the romance. Rossi also introduces a few lovable secondary characters that make the story even more real as a whole.
Once I closed the book, I was conflicted on whether or not to be a little mad at the cliffhanger or just plain happy for finally getting a chance to read it. Under the Never Sky was an exhilarating read and I can’t possibly tell you how much I am dying to read the next book.
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