Review: "Under the Never Sky"
Under the Never Sky by Veronica Rossi
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.
*No major spoilers*
First couple of chapter I wasn't really hooked, but as I got more and more into the book and the world within I started to love it more and more. It might have a bit of a slow start and you have to wrap your head around all of these new things, but after all that it gets really interesting and it becomes hard to put the book down.
I really like the world that Veronica Rossi has created with the outsiders, savages and the ones in Reverie. In Reverie you don't really have to worry about anything and you spend your days in realms however you want. Compared to the outside where they have to fight for everything and constantly fear the Aether. Aria has lived in Reverie her whole life and it's a shock to be thrown into the "real world" where she meets a savage, Perry.
One of the reasons maybe that the book didn't get me hooked right away was that I wasn't liking Reverie Aria all that much. She was fine, but there wasn't much to her really. All that changes when he comes outside, she really grows into her personality, becomes a fighter and will do anything to find out what happened to her mother.
Perry I loved from the start though. Peregrine "Perry", oh my. What a savage. I just love that he got his bow and arrow- I can't resist that. He's a fighter for sure, but learns to be more open minded upon meeting Aria. I love their interaction even when they kind of hate eachother. They're really great together. What I really love in this book was that their love wasn't dragged out to last 3 books before they finally have eachother and can be together in all the ways. They live in the moment which I think really fits with the story.
I also really liked to get the Point of view from both Aria and Perry to see how they're both feeling and it's great to see the difference between them and how they experience thing- with the outside it's completely new compared to Perry who has lived there his whole life and knows it.
Another character I really liked was Roar, he was hilarious! I love him and Perry together, but he was also a good friend and taught Aria a lot. I just hope that he finds Liv, his love and also Perry's sister.
Cinder was really interesting and gave the story a whole new dimension with what he could do.
Veronica Rossi's writing really captured me and pulled me into the world of Under the Never sky. I loved the dual point of views to see things from more than one perspective, it worked really well in this. So while the story might start of slow it picks up and captures you and have you gasping at the turns and twists within. A really beautiful story with loveable characters within a intriguing world
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.