Author: Veronica Rossi
Series: Under the Never Sky #1
Publication: January 3rd 2012 by HarperCollins
Genre: Young Adult ~ Dystopian
Format: Paperback, 376 pages
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Cover Rating: 5/5
Overal Rating: 5/5
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 energy storms will. 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 come together to survive. Their unlikely alliance forges a bond that will determine the fate of all who live under the never sky.
I must admit that with the first couple of chapters I wasn't really feeling the book just yet, but it got awesome really fast. And before I knew it, the story had me hooked.
Under the Never Sky had a number of really interesting and kickass characters. Aria, our main character was great. I really liked reading about her. I wasn't too sure about her at first but she quickly changed my mind with the way she thought and how she would do anything to find out what happened to her mother.
And then we have Peregrine "Perry". Oh my god! How amazing is he?! Him and Aria are definitely one of my favorite book couples, so I'm definitely rooting for them. Another thing I loved about this book is that there was no waiting through the whole damn trilogy before they get it on. Most of the time I hate it when authors draw it out, teasing us as well as the characters for several books when sometimes there's just no need for that. Also Perry has his own point of view which was my favorite to read about. I couldn't get enough of it.
Aside from the two main characters, there were also some pretty great others like Roar. He was awesome. I loved it when he and Perry intereacted together. So funny at times. I do hope Roar finds Liv.
Cinder was another character that we meet through Aria's journey via Roar. Cinder definitely was the most intriguing and I would love to find out more about him.
Veronica Rossi's writing was really working for me. It was never ever boring like some stories get and always caught m attention. As for the world she created, I think she did a pretty brilliant job of it. Aria's world in the pods where she could go to these virtual places was complicated but it was so original and amazingly written. I really felt bad got Aria when she got thrown outside and into Perry's world. She had a tough time there but came out stronger in the end. Perry's world was both terrifying and amazinf at once with those aether storms.
Also, there were some pretty big shocks like what Vale did. I mean, oh my god, how could he have done that!
Anyway... it's obvious that I adored this book. I can't wait to read the second one and find out what's going to happen next. I would absolutely recommend this book to everyone!
A beautiful story with amazing and unforgettable characters, Under the Never Sky is one of my new favorite dystopian novels. Veronica Rossi managed to create such a terribly fascinating world that I couldn't get enough of. So stunning!
About The Author:
Veronica Rossi is the author of post-apocalyptic fiction for young adults. Her debut novel, UNDER THE NEVER SKY, is the first in a trilogy. Released in January 2012, it was deemed one of the Best Books of Year by School Library Journal. The second book in the trilogy, THROUGH THE EVER NIGHT, debuted in January on the NY Times and USA Today Best Seller Lists. The final book in the series, INTO THE STILL BLUE, is expected to release January 2014.
Foreign rights to the UNDER THE NEVER SKY trilogy have sold in over twenty-five territories to date and film rights have been optioned by Warner Bros.
She completed undergraduate studies at UCLA and then went on to study fine art at the California College of the Arts in San Francisco. She lives in Northern California with her husband and two sons. When not writing, she enjoys reading, painting, and counting down the minutes until she can get back to making up stories about imaginary people.
Her work is represented by Josh Adams of Adams Literary.