Thursday, January 12, 2012

Review: Under the Never Sky by Veronica Rossi

Under the Never Sky
(Under the Never Sky #1)
by Veronica Rossi
Publication Date:January 3rd, 2012
Publisher: HarperCollins
Pages: 384
ISBN: 9780062072030

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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. (Goodrea
Under the Never Sky is a dystopian novel by debut author Veronica Rossi. I really wasn’t sure what to expect when going into this book, but I definitely wasn’t prepared for the awesome adventure that Mrs. Rossi took me on!

In the beginning of the book we meet Aria. After a stunt gone wrong, Aria has been exiled from the only home she’s ever known, and was literally dumped in a barren land called The Death Shop. There she meets Perry, a savage Outsider, who is part of the reason she was exiled in the first place.

To be honest, I was a little worried when I first met the main characters. They didn’t exactly get off to a great start when their situations threw them together. Both characters were extremely surprising to read. Perry was definitely what you would think of when you think Savage. He was a beast, and I just knew I wasn’t going to like him. Thankfully he is not this way throughout the whole book. Aria’s character really surprised me. I expected her to be a weakling, but she definitely was not one. She proves to be a strong and very curious young woman. I really enjoyed watching her grow throughout the book. I also want to say that I love the relationship between the two characters. It’s definitely not something that happened instantly, but rather grew, and grew, and grew over time.

The book is told from alternate viewpoints; it switches between Perry and Aria. I actually loved that it was written this way, because we get to know more about both characters. I found the book to be pretty well paced. There were a few slow spots, but the action always picked up again quickly. The plot was extremely creative. Without giving too much away, let’s just say I can’t imagine living in the world that Aria lived in.

Overall, this book was definitely a surprise. I went into it not really knowing what to expect. I definitely didn’t expect to go on an amazing adventure with Perry and Aria. I can’t wait to get my hands on the next book!

Happy Reading!

Veronica Rossi discusses writing Under The Never Sky


  1. Oh I freaking LOVED this book!! Perry and Aria's relationship was one of my favourite parts, I love how it grew from strong dislike and prejudice into attraction and then love <3 And the worldbuilding was amazing. I am so, so happy you enjoyed this! Fantastic review!

  2. I'm glad you really enjoyed this one. I've been curious about it, but I wasn't sure if I should get it. Now, I think I'm going to buy the ebook. Great review!

  3. I don't know what it is about snarky characters who dislike each other at the beginning but I love it! (Too many romance novels, probably) Great story--I'm looking forward to book 2, also.

  4. I've heard a lot of good things about this book. I always enjoy the alternating viewpoints, as well.

    Ex Libris

  5. Oh I'm so glad you enjoyed this one as well! I absolutely loved it and am already planning a re-read. It's my new addiction. And omg, I love that video! I need the sequel, now! Great review. :)

  6. I really loved the alternating POVs too, they don't always work for me, but in this case I thought they were done beautifully. It took me a while to get into this one as well, I just didn't click with either Aria or Perry right away, but they quickly grew on me and then I couldn't get enough. So glad you loved this one as much as I did Christy!

  7. I just bought this one recently! I haven't gotten around to reading it yet but I will definitely try to soon. I'm glad to see you enjoyed it, great review :)

  8. This sounds amazing. I am first in queue to get it at my library whenever the finally get it in.

    I love that the relationship is built slowly. I also happen to like the name Aria (my cat's name.

    Your review has made me want to read it all the more.

  9. I really loved this book. I'm glad it convinced you too. :)

  10. I'm hoping to read this one really, really soon! It looks fantastic. I'm so glad that Perry and Aria grow throughout the book. Great review, Christy! :)

  11. I'm so glad to ehar you enjoyed this one! I've heard mixed reviews about it so I wasn't too sure but it sounds like a book I would enjoy with a unique concept, alternating POV's, and growing characters. Great review! You just made me want to pick this book up asap!


  12. I got my finished copy of this today since I liked it so much that I needed it on my shelf. :D I'm really glad you enjoyed this as well - I especially enjoyed the development of the characers. :)

    Great review again, Christy!

  13. I've only heard great things about this book but I still haven't ordered it yet ... Thanks for the awesome review :)

  14. I also really liked how the relationship grew over time; not insta-love but people actually getting to know each other and going through hardships together.


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