Under The Never Sky by Veronica RossiUnder The Never Sky by Veronica Rossi

Under The Never Sky

byVeronica Rossi

Paperback | December 4, 2012

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Fighting to survive in a ravaged world, a Dweller and a Savage form an unlikely alliance in New York Times bestselling author Veronica Rossi's "unforgettable dystopian masterpiece" (Examiner.com).

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. 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.

In alternating chapters told in Aria's and Perry's voices, Under the Never Sky subtly and powerfully captures the evolving relationship between these characters and sweeps readers away to a harsh but often beautiful world. Continuing with Through the Ever Night and concluding with Into the Still Blue, the Under the Never Sky trilogy has already been embraced by readers in twenty-six countries and been optioned for film by Warner Bros.

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Veronica Rossi graduated from UCLA. The first book in herNew York Timesbestselling Under the Never Sky trilogy was named an ALA Best Fiction for Young Adults selection and an Indie Next List Pick. The second book,Through the Ever Night, was aNew York TimesandUSA Todaybestseller. The series has been optioned for film. Veronica lives in ...
Title:Under The Never SkyFormat:PaperbackDimensions:400 pages, 8 × 5.31 × 0.9 inPublished:December 4, 2012Publisher:HarperCollinsLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0062072048

ISBN - 13:9780062072047


Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great Read I really really liked this book. The character build up was great and I absolutely loved Aria and Perry's relationship it was intoxicating.
Date published: 2018-10-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Best book ever! If you like dystopian novels, definitely give this one a read! I couldn't put it down! #plumreview
Date published: 2018-04-22
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Cutesy, easy read Quick and easy to read. The idea had a lot of potential, but it fell short in several places. As the story progresses, it gets weaker and weaker in my opinion. I'd recommend this book to anyone who enjoys simple YA dystopian fiction.
Date published: 2017-09-22
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Cute Was interested in the romance, not the plot. I loved the characters.
Date published: 2017-08-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from AMAZING I'm so happy I decided to buy this book! I loved every single minute. It was exciting from the very first minute and always kept you entertained. I really loved the characters and the storyline was so cool! Great book!!!! #plumreviews
Date published: 2017-04-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Awesome Series! I bought this book on a whim and I'm so glad I did! Really entertaining, great series especially if you like dystopian stories.
Date published: 2017-02-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Read This was such a great read, I really love the characters and their journey through the book together. I have read the whole series three times because I love the characters so much. I hope this one gets made into a movie.
Date published: 2017-01-30
Rated 3 out of 5 by from it was ok I really disliked the first 60 pages or so, and if I wasn't reading it with a friend, I would have given up on it. The lack of explanation to absolutely everything really irritated me. After the story finally revealed the main plot, I started to enjoy it, and closer to the end I really started to like the characters. I'm sure I will enjoy the second book more
Date published: 2017-01-20
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Not Worth Your Time This book is strange, and I don't just mean plot wise.A strange plot can be fantastic... but this was just so lacking. There is nothing special or unique about this book.If you want to read something like this or in this genre, pick something else. The romance never had a chance to develop, as a reader you're just supposed to assume there's romance I suppose. I feel like it had good ideas but the execution was very poor. There are things I did like about it but nothing was very memorable or gripping. BOTTOM LINE: I would personally suggest that you just read something else.
Date published: 2017-01-18
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Not that great. I found the book quite... lacking. The romance was sudden and... Odd. Perry seemed to like Aria simply for her voice and scent. Aria liked Perry for... Well, his scars, I guess? And tattoos? The science wasn't explained, which I think is quite lazy of the author. When they kept talking about the Aether, I kept wondering if I had missed something. If I had never read this book, I wouldn't have missed much. I just... It could have been good. I like the idea of it all... But, the author didn't deliver. It never made me want to laugh or cry, it never left me wanting more.
Date published: 2017-01-13
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Awesome I didn't expect to like this book it was kind of a strange intro into a genre I don't normally read. But I really liked this and I couldn't put it down. I will definitely read the rest of the series
Date published: 2016-12-27
Rated 4 out of 5 by from nice read This is a ya dystopian novel with a star-cross lovers concept going along with it. It is a book about survival. I really enjoyed it. Definitely not a disappointment.
Date published: 2016-12-21
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Nice Read This is a ya dystopian novel with a star-cross lovers concept going along with it. It is a book about survival. I really enjoyed it. Definitely not a disappointment.
Date published: 2016-12-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from My all time favorite book this book definitely doesn't disappoint
Date published: 2016-05-14
Rated 4 out of 5 by from I Need More! 4.5 Stars After reading the first couple chapters I was worried I wasn't going to like this book as much as I thought I would. Right away the book jumps into the world of the Dwellers and Savages and it takes a while to understand all of the foreign terms used to describe it. It wasn't till about 90 pages in that I started to really get hooked on the book and the terms became easier to follow. Let me tell you that I am so glad I kept reading even though I was worried I wasn't going to like it. Under the Never Sky was simply AMAZING. I can't believe it took me so long to pick this book up, I mean seriously it was published in 2012 and I've had it on my TBR ever since then. The two main characters, Aria and Perry switch back and forth in narrating so we really get to understand all sides of the story. Aria and Perry made this novel. They were absolutely perfect with their bantering and brewing romance. Then enters Roar the perfect side character. I don't often like side characters as much because their personalities aren't as developed but Roar was an exception. He added sarcastic and funny quips to the novel which in my eyes always make a story better. Then enter the plot twists. I always guess plot twists. ALWAYS. I actually get annoyed with myself when I read because I spoil myself by guessing right. I did not see the ending to this book. At all. Which was really, really refreshing. And that ending... I can't wait for the next book, I needed it yesterday. I rated this book 4.5 stars because while it was simply fantastic, the beginning was a little slow and there was a lot to remember for the world building.
Date published: 2015-10-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from BEST BOOK EVER This is, without a doubt, my favourite book... EVER! I am having a hard time finding another book to read, because I never want to leave this amazing world of love, wonder and adventure. I've read this series 3 times and I'm still not sick of it. 5 stars all the way!
Date published: 2015-08-20
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Under the never sky This book was good. The author created a totally new and amazing world that you wish you could be a part of. The characters were likable and the storyline was good. The only thing that bothered me a little was how the book seems to drag a bit right after the drama in the beginning and also how the dramatic parts in the book rarely seem to capture any real emotion to make you feel what the characters must be feeling. I would recommend this book to someone who likes dystopian novels and is looking for something different. However if your someone that needs a characters emotions captured for you to be interested than this book may not be for you.
Date published: 2015-08-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved it Could not put down this book. Read it in 2 days and cannot wait to start the next book. The love story between Aria and Perry is really captivating but also the world surrounding them.
Date published: 2015-01-03
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Will be a good movie A good read in the vein of many dystopic teen books...a strange world just similar enough to our own and two star-crossed lovers.
Date published: 2014-12-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Will be a good movie Amazing book!!! I loved it!!!! One of my favourites, I cant believe I didnt read it sooner. Really great book I would recommend you read it too!!!
Date published: 2014-08-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Will be a good movie A book A good book A really good book A REALLY good book A REALLY GOOD BOOK A REALLY GREAT BOOK!
Date published: 2014-07-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Will be a good movie I loved this book there was never a dull moment. This is a def must read, this series is one of the best series I have ever read
Date published: 2014-06-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Will be a good movie I remember reading this! I also remember the mistake I made by giving it to my cousin first... She could stop talking about it, which made me want to snatch the book out of her hands! One of the first dystopians I've read and one of the best, too!
Date published: 2014-05-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Will be a good movie Great series! There is really great character development, and it is something that is different from everything else out there. Aria and Perry come from two different worlds and must learn to work together, in order to help one another.
Date published: 2014-04-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Will be a good movie I loved this book. Extremely good read. At no point in two days could I put this book down. Usually points in books bore me and I found only one part that bored me the slow beginning.
Date published: 2014-03-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Will be a good movie An amazing book about survival and friendship. Made me laugh, cry and cheer for Aria and Perry and I would definitely recommend it to anyone who loves a good adventure!
Date published: 2014-02-25
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: 2014-02-10
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Under the Never Sky Looks like the beginning of a good series, enjoyed the story.
Date published: 2014-02-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Under the Never Sky AMAZING!! This book doesn't get enough attention as it should, I read the entire series in about 4 days because I simply couldn't put the books down! This series has action, adventure, mystery, romance and even comedy yet it's always being put in the shadow of the divergent series... Don't get me wrong, I devoured those books to but seriously, I found under the never sky better! I really hope that at some point this book gets as much attention as it deserves and gets itself a movie too
Date published: 2014-01-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Under the Never Sky Love this book! Character development is great and progresses really well.
Date published: 2014-01-23
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Under the Never Sky I have wanted to read Under the Never Sky for ages, though I just haven’t gotten around to it until now. I’m so happy that I did, officially joining the hype! Despite a few things I wish there were more of in the book, there is plenty that I loved earning it a rating of 4! Under the Never Sky is a multi POV story, told by two characters on opposites ends of the ruined world they live in – Perry is changed by the weird substance that flows through the sky, while Aria is genetically changed and living under a rock; escaping to virtual worlds. This book was not what I was expecting and more, giving us a great setting with awesome characters. To start off, one of the best things about Under the Never Sky was the setting and the world building. Rossi has created a strange mix of sci-fi meets fantasy dystopian. Which works surprisingly well because it is so carefully built and thought out. Not only that, but I had surprising ease understanding the world – even though Rossi wastes no time explaining anything. The characters were another favourite of mine in Under the Never Sky. Because both Aria and Perry are from opposite sides of the spectrum, it creates a great, tension filled dynamic when their lives twine together. Both have a natural dislike for the other, yet they need each other to fulfill their goals. This initiates a change in both of them – Aria learns what living is really like, Perry learns to open up and care for someone outside of his family circle. I have to mention that Perry is absolutely desirable. Big and muscley, tan, tats, a wild look about him in hunter clothes. His personality is surprisingly gentle, though. He shows kindness and love better than any person in his position should. Plus, I loved reading his perspective. His straight forward mental voice had me laughing at the wrong times. He is really just a loveable character. The romance was downright brilliant. Nothing is rushed, it is paced to perfection. From hate, to an agreement, to a timid friendship to teetering on the edge of that fall. I don’t know if I would call it realistic, but Rossi left me wanting it to happen. I liked the addition of side characters Roar and Cinder. They were unexpected, though they added a great twist and just layered the plot further. In fact, I feel as though all the side characters that made an appearance built the plot; nothing was wasted or useless in Under the Never Sky. If there was one thing I could change about this book, it would be including more description. I’m a sucker for imagery. I just need to picture this place exactly as the author intended, but I feel as though it lacked in this department. I personally just needed more. I needed to know exactly what this weird sky substance looked like, exactly what some pf the major setting area’s looked like. Sometimes creating things on my own just doesn’t do it like a good description can. This is really the only thing I disagreed with in Under the Never Sky. Though for me it’s a big one. Overall, I loved this book. Loved the character, loved the setting, loved the dynamics, loved the unexpected twists (especially the end) and it ended beautifully – leaving just the right amount of room for the sequel. I am so keen to read the next book in the series!
Date published: 2014-01-23
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Under the never sky It was a little weird at first and at the same time very interesting and then it just got even better and better! It really is a must read!!:-P
Date published: 2014-01-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Never sky. Simply amazing. A must read.
Date published: 2013-04-05
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: 2012-09-21
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: 2012-03-28
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: 2012-02-13
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: 2012-02-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from best book ever if you love this as much as i do read divergent
Date published: 2012-01-29
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: 2012-01-27
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: 2012-01-24
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: 2012-01-09
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: 2011-12-29
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: 2011-12-28
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: 2011-12-27
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: 2011-11-28

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