Thursday, August 30, 2012

Under the Never Sky by Veronica Rossi

Genre: dystopian
Series and Book #: Under the Never Sky Trilogy #1
Pages: 374

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. She’s been taught that the very air she breathes can kill her. Then Aria meets and Outsider named Perry. He’s wild—a savage—and her only hope of staying alive.
A hunter for his tribe in the 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.

I am super happy Veronica didn't spend too much time detailing the way it was in Reverie or how it was in Perry's village. But from what Aria described the outside like, I was expecting something more dangerous, with more difficult perils, and kind of desert-like. I was a bit disappointed that there wasn't as much action as I had hoped there would be, but that disappointment was quickly squashed when Perry and Aria found each other.

I love both Perry and Aria's commitment to their families. Perry was determined to save his nephew while Aria was dead-set on finding her mother, though they weren't close. Though it wasn't as action-packed as I'd hoped they still had plenty of adventures between Aria being dropped on the outside and Aria finding out the truth about her mother. The other characters were also excellently written and weren't shoved to the side to make room for Aria and Perry. Veronica did a nice job of making sure everyone was individual.

Overall, the pace and character development was good. Setting wise, I don't think it was really important enough to be too detailed. It was original for Veronica to have a dystopian novel that wasn't completely centered around a corrupt government. Mostly, this book was about discovering who you want to be even though it might conflict with other things. The ending was superb. There was a moment of heartbreak and I thought Veronica would have her readers reaching for the sequel like a horse reaches for a carrot, but the last paragraph just blew me away. I was so happy she didn't make the wait for the sequel unbearable. But that doesn't mean I'm not waiting!

The Cover: The Aether sky look brilliant and draws your attention to the model. It's a beautiful, dramatic cover

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