Title: Under the Never Sky
Author: Veronica Rossi
Series: Under the Never Sky, #1
Date(s) read: March 3 – 6, 2013
Genre: YA Post Apocalyptic
Source: Library & Purchased (Hardcover)
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.
You know those books that are on your radar, but you’re too scared to read them because of ALL THE HYPE surrounded them? Those books that everyone seems to love, but you’re convinced that the second you read these books you’ll hate them? Those books that keep you worried, day after day, on that edge of “should I read it?” and “should I let it go?” — leaving you hovering on that edge, unsure of which way to go?
OK, so maybe you don’t go to the extreme like that, but this was one of those books for me. There are so many hyped books that have left me either disappointed or wanting more and I didn’t want this book to be one of them just because a LOT of bloggers who’s opinions I take into consideration when choosing a book to read loved it. FORTUNATELY, this was not the case with this book. Thank goodness!
I actually read this for the Under the Ever Night read-along, which was the perfect reason to just START reading it and push through. Luckily, there really wasn’t any pushing to be had, since I was totally into the book from page one. It really is a beautiful story! Right from the start, I fell in love with the characters, even if Aria was a little to naive and basically lived under a rock most of her life. I was terrified about her journey and the things that happened before her journey even started. I was so happy to watch her grow as the story went on — probably one of the best growths of a character that I had read about.
The world building was awesome — I loved the world that Aria came from and was so intrigued by the Smart Eye right from the get-go. It seemed so interesting to have this contraption that could take you anywhere — anywhere — you wanted to go. The more I thought about it, it seemed so strange that the whole of society would live this way, basically within their heads, instead of actually living. Aria’s people also had some very strange things they did, which I don’t want to get into, but while her world was definitely safe (to an extent), it seemed so sheltered. With Perry’s world, we get the complete opposite, and I loved seeing these two characters come together, with Aria struggling in this new environment, and Perry struggling with Aria herself.
By the end of the story, I was desperate for more — and if the Book Depository wasn’t so slow in delivering my copy of the second book in the series, I would’ve dove in right away. I finished reading completely in love with the characters — Aria, Perry, and Roar all fighting for the top spot in my heart — and so excited to start the next instalment. TRUST ME, if you’re looking for an awesome read, this will be it!