Review: Under the Never Sky by Veronica Rossi

April 2, 2012 Book Review, Young Adult 14 ★★★★★

Under the Never SkyUnder the Never Sky by Veronica Rossi
Series: Under the Never Sky #1
Published by HarperCollins on January 3rd 2012
Genres: Dystopian, Young Adult
Format: ARC
Source: Won
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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, electrified energy storms will. She's been taught that the very air she breathes can kill her. 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 accept each other to survive. Their unlikely alliance forges a bond that will determine the fate of all who live under the never sky.

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What an amazing read! I was sucked right in from the beginning! Veronica Rossi has created a world where people are living in a virtual dream world, Reverie, and we follow Aria’s path of discovery and survival of the harsh outside world. But what we also get is the point of view of the Outsider Perry, and a reluctant and unlikely alliance is formed between the two.

What made me love Aria was how strong she was. Her whole world was literally thrown and she never gave up. She wanted to learn how to take care of herself and fight to survive. And Perry is dangerous, fearless and exciting. But there is so much more to him that you discover throughout their journey. Along with these two main characters there are a slew of secondary characters that are also well developed, especially Roar. And I cannot wait to learn more about the mysterious Cinder in the following books.

I adored both Aria and Perry and I love how their relationship was downright volatile in the beginning but how we get to see both characters learn acceptance, friendship and romance. There was a natural flow to their relationship and never felt rushed, which I love in a book.

I was a little nervous going in about the dual points of view, but I have to say it worked really well! I found myself anxious for the next chapter to see how the other character was feeling and what was happening on their end.

The ending left me NEEDING more and I cannot wait to be thrown back into Aria and Perry’s world with the next installment.

Great for fans of The Hunger Games and Blood Red Road.

5_stars

About Veronica Rossi

VERONICA ROSSI was born in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Growing up, she lived in several countries and cities around the world, finally settling in Northern California with her husband and two sons. She completed undergraduate studies at UCLA and then went on to study fine art at the California College of the Arts in San Francisco. When not writing or painting, she chases after her boys, who make her laugh every day, and who teach her about love that’s a million gazillion times bigger than the ocean.

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14 Responses to “Review: Under the Never Sky by Veronica Rossi”

  1. Born Bookish

    For some reason, even though I really enjoyed this book too, I had a major case of writers block while writing my review. You sum up everything perfectly! Great review!

  2. Sophia

    I know a lot of bloggers loved this book, so I’m happy to hear you enjoyed it, too! I didn’t really like it all that much. I found the pacing too slow and I really couldn’t connect with Aria or Perry. But I love when readers love books as much as you loved this one! Great review! I’m curious to see how the second book is as well. :)

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