Under The Never Sky

Kobo eBook available

read instantly on your Kobo or tablet.

buy the ebook now

Under The Never Sky

by Veronica Rossi

HARPERCOLLINS PUBLISHERS | December 28, 2011 | Hardcover

Under The Never Sky is rated 4.0769 out of 5 by 13.

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.

In her enthralling debut, Veronica Rossi sends readers on an unforgettable adventure set in a world brimming with harshness and beauty.

Format: Hardcover

Dimensions: 400 pages, 8.75 × 6.13 × 1.25 in

Published: December 28, 2011

Publisher: HARPERCOLLINS PUBLISHERS

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 006207203X

ISBN - 13: 9780062072030

save 27%

  • In stock online

$15.19  ea

Online Price

$19.99 List Price

or, Used from $5.23

eGift this item

Give this item in the form of an eGift Card.

+ what is this?

This item is eligible for FREE SHIPPING on orders over $25.
See details

Easy, FREE returns. See details

Item can only be shipped in Canada

Downloads instantly to your kobo or other ereading device. See details

All available formats:

Reviews

Rated 4 out of 5 by from 4.5 Aethereal Stars! This sci-fi/dystopian fantasy was a great read. Veronica Rossi has created characters that readers can care about and cheer for.  Aria, a Dweller, has been cast out into the Death Shop and left for dead; Talon a young boy and nephew of Peregrine, a "Savage", has been taken.  The lives of Aria and Perry have been thrust into each other and they must rely on one another to get their lives back.  The story was predictable in a few spots but generally I was turning pages so quickly that I didn't have the chance to really care that I knew what was going to happen next. Rossi mixed in enough action sequences and surprises that the ones I did expect weren't all that important! And can you say "CLIFFHANGER"?!?! It's times like these that I'm glad that I binge read a series. I don't think I would have had the patience to wait for the next book.  All in all, I give it a 4.5 Aethereal Stars! Now, onto "Through The Ever Night"!
Date published: 2014-02-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Perfect It's not too often that I finish a book and my first thought is: I'd read this again right now! That's what happened with this book. The world Rossi created, sheltered Reverie vs the savage Outside and the differences we see in the people who grew up in both places was so real. Aria's been sheltered her whole life, living in the Dome Reverie where the only danger are the things they imagine in virtual worlds. Perry's lived on the Outside his whole life, seeing family and friends die too young, barely finding enough food to feed everyone in their village, and feeling the pull that he should be the one leading them instead of his older brother. Two main characters, completely different lives. Aria's mother is working in another Dome and when she doesn't hear from her when she's supposed to and can't reach her, Aria gets worried. She and some friends sneak into a restricted part of a Dome where the boys, especially Soren, take things too far and endanger all their lives. If it wasn't for Perry sneaking into the Dome after them, Aria might have lost her life along with some of her friends. The only other person to survive was Soren, the son of a powerful man who blames Aria for what happened. Aria had recorded proof that Soren was at fault but the recording is missing and she's thrown out of Reverie, left to die in the Outside. Around the same time, Perry takes his nephew Talon out hunting and they get attacked by soldiers from the Domes. They take Talon and Perry is cast out of his tribe by his brother. Perry vows to find Talon and get him back, using something he took from the night he saved Aria's life: her eyepiece or Smarteye. The second time they meet, there's no love lost between them. She thinks he's a savage and he thinks she's weak. But they have to work together to find people they love. Aria grows so much through the book. Her progession from a sheltered, spoiled naive girl to someone able to hold her own next to Perry happened so gradually and that made it feel real. There was no 'oh suddenly she's an awesome badass' jump, she worked to learn the skills she needed and she struggled but she never gave up. Perry's progression was less noticeable but slowly he came to accept Aria and trust her. He's a Scribe, which means he can smell emotions and he's a Seer, meaning he has amazing vision. All or most Outsiders have some kind of power. His family and friends always came first and he showed many times that he could be a leader of a tribe. These were two amazing characters and reading them slowly accepting the other and falling in love was a treat. The minor characters all have their own stories that are hinted at in this book but never fully revealed, mentioned enough to understand the characters but leaving out enough to make me want more in the next books. Roar, Perry's best friend, in love with Liv, Perry's sister, Cinder, a boy terrified of his powers, Talon, so many characters that help flesh out the plot. The book is amazing, the cover is absolutely gorgeous and really draws attention right to it, and the title is like a line right out of a poem. It's one of those rare times when everything about a book works together to create something special.
Date published: 2014-08-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Left wanting more I couldn't put down this book! Definatly up there in my top 10 favourite books. The book is good for the readers out there who like action and love mixed together in a book! It is a type of book you can read over and over again without getting tired of it.
Date published: 2014-08-13
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Dystopian Meets Fantasy! Veronica Rossi's Under the Never Sky really took me by surprise! I've been growing rather weary of the dystopian genre lately... so I might have let the book sit on my shelf for longer than I had originally planned. I wish I had read the book sooner though because Under the Never Sky turned out to be a much better read than I had expected! The first few chapters are the hardest to get through, but once the novel shifts to The Death Shop, the land outside the Pods, events begin to get so much more suspenseful and clearer. Calling Under the Never Sky strictly a dystopian novel wouldn't be an apt description because there were tons of fantasy and science fiction elements as well. The Dwellers who live in the enclosed cities spend their lives in the Realms, a virtual reality with advanced technology where almost anything is possible. Meanwhile, the Outsiders live a more primitive life, a harsher one where food is scarce and people who are Marked have special abilities. But no one is safe from the Aether storms which continue to rage and threaten everyone... It really helped that the novel was told in dual perspectives because it was so much easier to understand the character's actions and see the contrast between life as a Dweller and an Outsider. Aria grows from being a naive girl to a strong young woman who can protect herself against the dangerous world she's been exiled into. Perry is headstrong and just as stubborn as Aria can be... but he's hesitant to let others get too close to him. As they journey into the wilderness on their own missions, Aria and Perry become closer than they ever could have imagined given their completely different backgrounds. Thrilling and heart-pounding, Veronica Rossi's debut novel Under the Never Sky is an adventurous tale which had me completely enthralled by its final pages. I'm already eagerly anticipating Through the Ever Night, the second novel in the trilogy, to see what exciting events will happen next to Aria and Perry! You can also read this review at: http://midnightbloomreads.blogspot.com/2012/02/under-never-sky-by-veronica-rossi.html
Date published: 2014-08-13
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Could have been better Review first reviewed at http://www.jstanotherstory.blogspot.com/ I don't really know how to start this review or where to go with it. When I first received Under the Never Sky by Veronica Rossi from NetGalley I was SO excited to read it. It was all the rage. Readers were loving this book. Saying it was the best book they had read and how amazing it was. I went into the reading of the novel expecting BIG things. I hate to say I was a little disappointed. I didn't hate this book, but I didn't love it like everyone else. There were a few things that I had issues with. The story started off really slow. Which for me was not a good sign. If things don't start happening right away in a book, or the world building take to long I get bored and have no desire in finishing it, which is what happened in Under the Never Sky. It was to slow. However, when I figured this out I was already bored and not that excited about the plot. When the story picked up, my desire to read the book was gone and I only kept reading it because I had to. The concept behind Under the Never Sky was interesting. Regardless of it's poor literary execution. The idea of people living in a virtual reality was fascinating. I also liked that there were two separate societies. Those who lives in pods and those who live outside of the pods. I enjoyed how they were pitted against one another. What I really loved about this novel were the "powers" the outsiders had and how they were used. This was a lot of fun. I enjoyed reading about how they are used and why they are important. The characters were okay. Some were better than others. Aria was annoying in the beginning, but she grew on me. She was still annoying at the end, but not as much. Perry was whiny and I wanted to scream at him to man up. But, by the end I really liked him. He grew the most as a character. His relationship with Aria was interesting. I think it moved forward a little to quickly for me. They didn't like one another one second, and loved each other the next. It was sweet but a little to quick for me. Overall, Under the Never Sky presents a good story, however, the way it was presented wasn't something I was horribly excited about. I wonder if future books in this series will be better- I think so. I have every intention of continuing the series. There were many interesting things that happened in Under the Never Sky that I want to try and figure it out.
Date published: 2014-01-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from best book ever if you love this as much as i do read divergent
Date published: 2014-08-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Wonderful! Veronica Rossi’s debut novel, Under the Never Sky, is a fantastic, thrilling and beautifully captivating young adult novel that will undoubtedly go down as one of the best books of 2012. Stylistically, Ms Rossi has written a story as stunning in print as it is imagined. Her words are clearly chosen with care, used only as necessary and never to excess. They pull the reader along, painting the picture of a world so very believable and yet strikingly unlike our own. Colour, sounds, smells and sights are all woven together seamlessly; her descriptions are fluid and breathtaking. In writing Under the Never Sky, Ms Rossi has managed an extraordinary feat – dreaming up, and developing, a world worth exploring. A world that is nearly as much a character as the two actual characters the readers follow. But what is a beautiful world without enthralling, compelling characters to populate it? Thankfully, Under the Never Sky has no shortage of those. Following two main perspectives – Aria, a “dweller” and Peregrine (Perry), an “outsider” – we as readers are given the opportunity to explore two very distinct, different, and equally fascinating societies that function seemingly completely separate from one another. And though Aria and Perry spend a good deal time in close contact with one another, they view each other and the world around them in very different ways. This gives us the opportunity to make our own judgements on the world that they live in, on the people that they come into contact with. Unlike with so many books that only follow one character and only give one character a true and honest voice, Under the Never Sky has the advantage of two unique stories that converge and turn into something all the more alive and vibrant. I loved the stark contrast of the “progressive” society (the dwellers with their high technology and sealed, enclosed compounds that seem perfect and impenetrable) to the “regressive” society (the outsiders that are without technology, that hunt like ‘savages’ and that group themselves in tribes and live where the dwellers are unable to). I loved that this novel took the idea of “progressive” and “regressive” and twisted them in such a way that made me as a reader wonder if progress was necessarily the better of the two options. Granted, both societies are flawed. But in that regard, they are both believable. The pacing is perfect, quick and steady. The plot is developed, strong, wonderfully structured. At moments, it’s joyous – and at other moments, heartbreaking. The characters are easy to care about, to connect with. It’s easy to want them to succeed, to be happy and it’s difficult to watch them make choices that might tear them apart or make their lives difficult. And yet it’s easy to trust that in Ms Rossi’s skilled hands, in the end, things will turn out how they ought to. Everything about this book was fantastically done. I was instantly drawn in from page one and carried along from chapter to chapter towards a stunning ending that left me wanting more. It was nearly impossible to put down. I can hardly wait for the sequel, knowing that the story has only just begun. I would highly recommend this book to anyone who likes beautiful worlds, strong characters and a brilliant plot.
Date published: 2014-08-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from One of the most original books I've ever read! Rating: 4.5 shining stars out of 5! Here's the truth: with the huge amount of dystopians coming out right now, I didn't expect to be blown away when I started this book. But this was one of those times when I wish I'd thrown my instincts out the window and read this sooner — Under the Never Sky was amazing! The beginning was a little confusing because this book takes place in a whole new world — with Dwellers, Outsiders, Realms, etcetera — and some of the terms weren't fully explained in the beginning. But I actually loved that Veroinca Rossi didn't overwhelm us with information at one time! It helped us get sucked into the twisting and fast-paced plot so much easier. Aria and Perry were both fierce, determined, and extremely layered characters that I loved so much! The romance between them wasn't a love triangle or insta-love or anything else from the cookie cutter. It sprung from a tentative alliance for survival and grew into something so beautiful that my heart ached. The whole cast was incredibly awesome (like Roar)! And another thing I loved about this book was that there was never a point in the story when I could say, "Oh, I know what's going to happen next!" It continuously surprised me over and over again with its originality and intensity. Plus, the supernatural aspect was so cool! Dangerous yet beautiful, terrifying yet totally enthralling, Under the Never Sky was probably one of the most original and compelling books I've ever read! It left me mesmerized and wishing I had book 2 immediately. Definitely a book I'd recommend! :) BUY or BORROW?: I bought this book on a whim and I LOVE having it on my shelf! You won't find another one like it, I promise — buy it for sure!
Date published: 2014-08-13
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Great world building. Not so great characters If you ever want a lesson in world building than Under the Never Sky is the book to check out. Veronica Rossi has created an amazing and vivid world which absolutely captivated me. Right off the bat you’re introduced to a futuristic setting and then jolted into a more wild, primitive adventure. I loved this juxtaposition and it was a wonderful combination of science fiction and fantasy. I was completely entranced by the settings Aria and Perry found themselves in and the detail put into the descriptions was one of my favourite things about this novel. I also thoroughly enjoyed the early interactions between Aria and Perry. Allies forced together, from different worlds, the tension is thick and there are more than a few disagreements. I thought the back and forth between them was really well written and entertaining to read. However, this book began to veer off course for me when the romantic relationship between Perry and Aria began to develop. It felt strange and awkward and I just couldn’t get into it. The romantic chemistry just felt forced and unnatural. And without being spoilery the way their relationship “awakens” is well…creepy. Overall this is a good but not great read. It was fun, took you to amazing places and I will definitely be reading the sequel. Unfortunately however the romance between Aria and Perry just didn’t feel right and kept me from becoming completely enthralled with Under the Never Sky. This and other reviews at Hooked on Books (http://christashookedonbooks.blogspot.com)
Date published: 2013-10-24
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Fascinating dystopia! Under the Never Sky was a fascinating look at a futuristic and divided world. Seeing Dweller Aria come together with Outsider Perry was both frustrating and exciting as they grew closer and more trusting of each other. The science aspect and the research that is briefly brought up is sure to make way for some more reveals, and I'm eagerly anticipating more of Aria and Perry! Definitely give this one a read! ~~~ Under the Never Sky is a 2012 novel I’ve been eagerly anticipating, and when I got the opportunity to read it early you could say I was a little excited! It definitely lived up to my dystopian expectations and made for a fascinating and exciting read. Aria is a Dweller, living in Reverie and enjoying the easy life she has in the Realms, virtual environments that have replaced the storm ravaged world outside the community walls. When Aria and her friends sneak into an abandoned Pod, they have no idea what their actions will lead to. Destruction, death and conspiracy find Aria dumped in The Deathshop, the outside world that could bring death in many ways. It's only when she runs into Perry and they strike a bargain, that she discovers the will to live, and embarks on a journey that will change her life. The world of Under the Never Sky is a fascinating one. It's been nearly destroyed by Aether storms, pure energy that rips apart anything in its path. You don't know much about the Aether, but along with the pure power it carried, it also brought about plagues that wiped off populations and mutated others. The writing describes it in such a way that it seems beautiful as much as terrifying. What I was also intrigued by was the technology that Aria was surrounded by. Every person has a Smarteye, a device that transports their mind to the digital realms, places that are only limited by your imagination. At the speed of thought they can be in another world, surfing the internet, sending messages or whatever else they could ever dream of doing. The Smarteye takes them from the real ravaged world, to a better digital one. Outside Reverie is another story. Bands of survivors, tribes, are struggling to survive day by day. Food is scarce, water isn't clean, and for Perry, he has to come to terms with his little nephew Talon's sickness, the same that killed his sister-in-law. When Talon is kidnapped by Dwellers, Perry can't face his brother, the tribe leader, and takes his guilt and runs away. I thought Perry, Peregrine, was a pretty likeable character. Underneath the hunter exterior, he's a guy who loves his nephew and wants the best for his tribe, even when it means taking down his brother. He's also Marked, which means he's got the ability of an increased sense; in his rare case it's night vision and scent. He can literally smell feelings, and the descriptions of coloured tempers and fear and embarrassment was so creative and unique and it made his chapters a lot of fun to read. Aria starts out fearing and loathing Perry, and he her as well. They're so different and have these predetermined misconceptions about each other and it takes time and a couple close calls until they begin to trust and depend on each other. It took some time to warm up to each of them though. They were both very defensive at the start but when they open up is when you really get a sense of what kind of (good) people they are. The only other qualms I had were related to the last couple chapters. Aria and Perry's relationship seemed to take a turn for the better and it had me taking a step back at the sudden change. And shortly after that, Aria has her own little mission but I was a little lost because time seemed to surge forward and then I was thrown back into the story feeling like I'd missed something. It was somewhat disconcerting but the events that led up to it had me wanting to learn more. Original review on my blog: http://allofeverythingforyou.blogspot.com/2011/12/review-under-never-sky-by-veronica.html
Date published: 2013-10-28
Rated 3 out of 5 by from An Exciting and Unique World! *A copy was provided by the publisher pre-on sale date for review purposes* Veronica Rossi's Under the Never Sky was a novel that hit my most highly anticipated 2012 novels list instantly! There was incredible hype behind the novel, especially from the book blogging community, and I couldn't wait to dive into it. An Exciting and Unique World! The first thing that struck me was Veronica Rossi's incredible world building in her debut novel, Under the Never Sky. Something that should have, in my own opinion, blended into the crowed of other otherworldly post-apocalyptic settings didn't! Was I pleased? Heck yes! The world building was intricate, vibrant, and completely enthralling. While reading Veronica's descriptions of Aria and Perry's surroundings and gadgets, I couldn't resist the urge to step into it's world! With that said, however, several things about Under the Never Sky, unfortunately, didn't settle very well for me. For one, the characters. I felt excessively disconnected from them for most of the novel. I'd like to say that the blame should lie on the way the narration was approached, however the overall likability of both Aria and Perry just wasn't all that great from my perspective. In addition, I had quite a difficult time moving through the novel. Every now and then I'd come across a chapter or scene in the novel that would excessively drag on, leaving me with the desire to set the novel aside and move on to another. However, I pushed on and moved forward and what I was left with was an overwhelming urge to want to dive into the next installment in the series. Though I had quite a bit of trouble connecting with the characters and progressing through the novel, Veronica Rossi's Under the Never Sky presented an enthralling and exciting world setting that pulled me in instantly. Science fiction readers will definitely want to give this one a try.
Date published: 2013-10-24
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great Book At first I had problems getting into this book, but after the first fifty pages or so, I could not put it down! Under the Never Sky had me reading late into the night as I devoured page after page until I found myself at its end. And what an ending! Such a cliffhanger. I really enjoyed Aria's character. Reading the book in basically one sitting had me noticing how drastically she had changed over the course of the novel. This novel had so many twists as well! Although I could predict a few of them before they came, I found myself shocked at the rest. I also really enjoyed Perrry's character. Being both a Scire and a Seer made Perry very unique among his people. He had the ability to smell people's tempers (feelings) along with the ability to see at night. I couldn't get over the idea of advanced senses. I thought it was the coolest thing ever! All in all, this book was a great joy to read. I'd easily recommend it to anyone that loves to read YA.
Date published: 2013-10-24
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Full of action, adventure, science, and ro REVIEW Set in the future, Aria, a 17 year old Dweller lives in Reverie, full of smarteyes, realms and Aether storms. The Aether causes the mutations found in the Outside world which is why Perry, a Scire Outsider has two different senses: The ability to see in the dark, and sensing people's emotions by sense of smell. He lives with the tribe called the Tides. We follow both teens as they scamper to find a way to survive, answers to their heritage, action, adventure and a bit of romance along the way. WARNING: May contain some spoilers for the first half of the book Aria and her best friend Paisley are goofing off with Soren and a couple of his buddies. Soren is a code breaker whose dad is part of the council and is in charge of security. Highly intelligent, but also capable of dangerous feats he creates a realm of a forest where he creates a fire. A fire inside AG 6 would most likely burn it to the ground. For reasons unknown to Aria, Soren goes a tad savage and starts to act violent. Aria starts to record him doing all these indecent acts for proof she witnessed these horrible events. The moment she gets into trouble, her hero Perry rescues her, beats up Soren and his two goons, and takes her to safety. Perry ends up stealing her smarteye for leverage. Counsel Hess (Soren's father) talks with Aria and little is exchanged, althugh she is questioned. She thinks it was a misunderstanding and will be punished lightly, but she ends up being banished and dumped outside of the pod. On the flipside, the book now turns to Perry who deals with his brother the Blood Lord and his nephew Talon. Talon is sick and will only live for a little while, so he takes Talon to go hunt. They get ambushed by Dwellers and Talon is kidnapped. Perry goes back to the Tides where he tells his brother what happened. Vale is furious and Perry flees from his brother's rath. He meets Aria and together they seek help to fix her smarteye so she can contact her mother and gain knowledge of Talon's whereabouts. They tease each other back forth, her being a Dweller and him being an Outsider. Their mission is to get Marron, Perry's friend who will fix her smarteye. Along the way they encounter many types of people, a wanderer, and even the Croven (cannibals! yikes!). I won't divulge anymore of the plot just because I truly don't want to spoil the story for anyone. I rather enjoyed the book, minus the confusion in the beginning and why the characters do the things they do. I love the point of view from both Aria and Perry just because it made it so much more interesting. Besides the fact that I love it when an author writes from the guy's POV because it's rare in YA fiction. This book has movie rights already sold and I can definitely see this being a movie because of the ongoing story, characters and setting. I look forward to reading the next book in this series. RATING 4/5 COVER Can I just say I love the cover? The typography combined with Aria on the front makes it eye-catching and will definitely catch people's eyes while on the bookshelf. I love the typeface the designer used and how they manipulated parts of the words together to create a floral theme because Perry smells violets whenever he's around Aria. QUOTES "Aria was accustomed to eyes of all colors. They were fads in the Realms. Purple had been the popular color just last month."—page 110, Under the Never Sky by Veronica Rossi "In the Realms people used moving designs. They chose new ones whenever they wanted. She couldn't imagine having an image on her skin forever."—page 111, Under the Never Sky by Veronica Rossi
Date published: 2013-10-24

– More About This Product –

Under The Never Sky

by Veronica Rossi

Format: Hardcover

Dimensions: 400 pages, 8.75 × 6.13 × 1.25 in

Published: December 28, 2011

Publisher: HARPERCOLLINS PUBLISHERS

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 006207203X

ISBN - 13: 9780062072030

About the Book

Aria and Perry, two teens from radically different societies in a future dystopia, hate being dependent on one another until they overcome their prejudices and fall in love, knowing they can't stay together.

From the Publisher

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.

In her enthralling debut, Veronica Rossi sends readers on an unforgettable adventure set in a world brimming with harshness and beauty.

About the Author

Veronica Rossi graduated from UCLA and studied fine art at California College of the Arts in San Francisco. She began writing fiction for teens and received first-place awards in the Pacific Northwest Writers Association and SouthWest Writers annual contests before completing Under the Never Sky. It's since captivated publishers in more than twenty countries worldwide and been optioned for film by Warner Bros. Veronica lives in northern California with her husband and two sons.

Editorial Reviews

?An incredibly original plot. You won?t be able to put this book down?we can?t wait for the next installment in the trilogy!? (Seventeen.com)
Item not added

This item is not available to order at this time.

See used copies from 00.00
  • My Gift List
  • My Wish List
  • Shopping Cart