Review: 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, 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.

Title: Under the Never Sky
Author: Veronica Rossi
Published: January 3rd 2012 by HarperCollins
Links: Goodreads
Received: Bought at Chapters
Reviewed by: Amy (sort of)
Rating: 5 of 5

My thoughts: I didn’t read this book. Okay so I read the first few pages because of the hype and Rachel’s review over at Parajunkee and thought “not for me.” But I’m sick of DNFing books (honestly there are more than a few lately) and I have a friend who reads just as much YA as I do (though she doesn’t know the first thing about blogging) so I handed her this book and told her to read it and tell me what she thought.

Here’s Amy, in a candid photo she has no idea I was taking at the con we went to this past weekend. Welcome Amy (or at the very least her opinion) to the blog!

Amy says that Under the Never Sky is an excellent book. She immediately gave it a five star rating and said that she was drawn into the pages like a moth to a light. She couldn’t put it down once she got into it and loved Aria as the main character.

In the beginning, Aria is this girl that lives in a controlled atmosphere. They’d get really bored if they lived in reality all the time and so everything about them is genetically altered to be able to sustain in this boring space. They have eye pieces that take them to a multitude of virtual realities where they can seemingly experience the world from a safe vantage point.

Kind of like the Matrix but without robots ruling the world and Mr. Smith and Keanu Reeves. Amy promised me that this book is Keanu Reeves free.

When Aria is kicked out she has to go to the actual real world. There’s aether storms and she’s having her period for the first time and she’s freaking out about her toes being bloody. She thinks she’s going to die. Some guy finds her and is like, holy cow girl stop freaking out you’re not dying you’re just bleeding.

Amy didn’t tell me his name. I think it’s Perry (like the platypus in that kids show Phineas and Ferb)

Anyway so Perry helps Aria become a stronger person and by the end of the book she’s a capable human being. Amy said she liked Aria’s character arc, how at the beginning she was pretty useless and by the end she was much stronger.

There was a lot of sci fi references in here that Amy didn’t completely understand but she tried and she mentioned the love story only briefly. Actually we were texting and I asked if there was a love story and her response was huh? And so I asked again and she was like, “oh yeah, yeah there’s a love story.” So I can’t tell you if it’s really amazing or anything because Amy didn’t seem to remember it at first, but let’s say there’s something happening between Aria and Perry.

Lastly, I love the cover of this book and the cover of the next book in the series and I hope you’ve had a chance to read this awesome book!

Comments ( 1 )

  • Molli @ Once Upon a Prologue says:

    Your friend is spot-on. There is a great deal of character growth in NEVER SKY, and that's part of what I loved the most about the book. Plus, there's no love triangle – yay! – just a slow-burning relationship that evolves really organically. :)

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