Under the Never Sky

Originally posted January 3, 2012

Under the Never SkyBy Veronica Rossi

Publisher: HarperCollins
Publication Date: January 2, 2012
Genre: Young Adult Dystopian
Source: Netgalley

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.

The first book in a captivating trilogy, Veronica Rossi’s enthralling debut sweeps you into an unforgettable adventure.

Goodreads Summary

I just want to get this out of the way before I say anything else: I loved this book. It was utterly captivating and I stayed up way too late because I couldn’t put my Kindle down. It was like my hands had become permanently attached to it the moment I began reading this book and wouldn’t let go until I finished. It was just that good.

Aria is living alone on Reverie after her mother left to continue her work in another pod, but they always meet weekly in the Realms. Her mother has missed their last few meetings, and Aria is afraid something terrible has happened. Desperate for news, she decides to become a groupie to the golden son of one of the men on the Reverie council. What should have been a harmless escapade outside of the pod turns ugly, and Aria glimpses her first Outsider, who saved her life. The golden boy’s father wants to keep their little adventure a secret, and Aria is kicked out of Reverie and left for dead.

Perry lives in a small village near Reverie, and has broken into the pod to find any resources that could help his struggling village survive. Perry’s brother is the village leader, and tensions between the two reach a boiling point when Perry’s nephew is kidnapped by pod soldiers and Perry’s brother (and the boy’s father) refuses to go after him and get him back. Perry sets out to rescue his beloved nephew and finds Aria wandering around the desert, waiting to die. Knowing she might be his only chance to save his nephew, the two strike a deal and they set out to find Perry’s nephew and what happened to Aria’s mother.

Perry and Aria’s love story is one of those epic ones that I’ll always remember. They couldn’t stand each other in the beginning, but over time the attraction grew and they found themselves in love with a person they never could have imagined. The story is told from both of their point-of-views, so I felt a strong emotional connection with both characters. Aria is thrust unwillingly into a world she knew nothing about and with Perry’s guidance, she overcame her fears and found true happiness. Perry is your classic strong, silent type. He doesn’t say much, but when he does you know it’s important and should listen. Their conversations at the beginning of their journey made me laugh out loud, and I loved all the bits of humor thrown in.

While Perry and Aria were the main attractions of the book for me, I also enjoyed the world that Veronica Rossi created. It’s a quirky mix of dystopian and sci-fi, and Rossi really made it work. Perry and Aria’s world isn’t all daisies and sunshine, and the two really have to rely on each other to survive. Rossi described everything in such a way that it was easy to follow and picture everything that Perry and Aria went through. Rossi may be a debut author, but she is one that I will definitely be following.

My Summary: Have I gushed enough for you? Under the Never Sky is definitely a book you shouldn’t miss out on. I bet that when you read it your hands will be glued to your Kindle/book too. 😉

My Rating: A+

 

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