Book Review: Under the Never Sky by Veronica Rossi

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Under the Never Sky (Under the Never Sky #1)
by Veronica Rossi
Published: 1/3/2012 by Harper Collins

From Goodreads:
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.

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I thought:

Aria lives in a world of realms, where virtual realities are the norm, parties are thrown ‘under water’ and they attend as mermaids. All via the Smarteye they wear over their eye to transport them to whatever reality they wish to be in.

Honestly, I was a bit worried when I first started Under the Never Sky. Aria and her ‘friends’ break into one of the service domes that has been damaged by a recent storm, and things get out of control when Soren (a golden boy, who’s Daddy would have their necks on a block for breaking the rules) gets all out of control- Lord of the Flies style.

When Perry (an outsider who breaks into the dome when the alarms were turned off) comes into the picture, just in time to save Aria from the creeptastic Soren and essentially, her LIFE- THEN I am glued to the pages. That was only page 15… So… *grins*

While this book is categorized as a dystopian I think it’s also definitely paranormal because some of the members of Perry’s clan are Marked with a special Sense. Perry himself is extra special being Marked as a Seer (having uncommon sight) and also a Scire, having the ability to scent things like emotion and sickness…

Anyway, upon Perry’s return to his village, we find that there has been much strife between him and his brother about the future of their people. Perry’s brother is the Blood Lord, which seems to be much like the ‘king’ or ruler. Lately the call to fight his brother for the position of ruler has been much greater, as the only way to win is to kill your opponent. Epic fail right?

Meanwhile, Aria’s been EXILED or you know… THROWN OUT of her safe little bubble inside the fortress, by none other than Soren’s father! Now she’s scared and alone on the outside (what they refer to as the Death Shop) for the first time in her ENTIRE life…

Perry finds her just as the Aether is about to unleash a storm of terror upon her. Now don’t ask me what the Aether is… Because I’m not too terribly positive. It’s like the sun or clouds or some sort of SOMETHING to do with the weather. It all makes sense IN the book- but trying to explain it… Meh. Not so easy!

Aria and Perry don’t mesh very well… But he needs her to help him get back something the guardians (dwellers) took from him.

“A world of nevers under a never sky.”

Aria is at first amazed at the outside world… Picking up rocks, asking questions… As the newness wears off and the more she’s exposed to Perry’s world, I feel more desperate and sympathetic for Aria than I have throughout the entire book!

“Even tired she had a face made to be looked at. Finespun. Delicate. Beautiful. Perry shook his head, surprised by his own thoughts.”

One thing I loved about Under the Never Sky was the relationship between Aria and Perry. The distaste they have for one another in the beginning is TRULY that. It’s not the old, “I pretend to hate you because I really think you’re hot” kind of thing. There is no hate- just GENUINE nothing except a means to an end. THEN… Awww… ♥♥!!! And for me, this is very rare to find!

I’m surprised at how much I LOVED this book. Under the Never Sky kind of creeped up on me and when I’m thinking it’s somewhere between “meh and awesomeness” it completely ended up rocking my face off! I had heard this was a slow build book, and I don’t think I’ve ever fully appreciated one until now. There is just SOOO much more to this book than I can possibly try to explain here and hope to keep you interested!

Perry and Aria now top the charts among my FAVORITE couples in Young Adult fiction! Under the Never Sky is achingly beautiful, I was completely devastated when this book ENDED- not to say it had a devastating ending, I just didn’t want it to END.

4.5 Stilettos!

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21 Responses to Book Review: Under the Never Sky by Veronica Rossi

  1. Koneko-chan says:

    I really liked de review Zombie Queen, I´ve got this book since Christmas, I´ll give it a shot.

  2. Amy Fournier says:

    I have seen mixed reviews on this book. Seeing that you really enjoyed it makes me consider getting it. I had won it and it got lost in the mail, but after seeing a few negative reviews from bloggers I like I was a little put off about buying it. I may give it a chance now. Thanks for the fantastic review!!

  3. Tiffany says:

    I have this one on my shelf but haven’t gotten around to reading it yet. I will definitely have to pick it up soon though as it sounds totally awesome. Great review!

  4. OoOOoo I love the quote you took. Sometimes, titles are cryptic and I loved that actually Aria made a reference to the title.
    And I sooo very much agree with you on Aria’s and Perry’s relation, I loved that it is slow and that they even didn’t like the other in the beginning.
    Wonderful review, you totally nailed it !

  5. Caitlin says:

    I’m reading this at the moment and really enjoying it. Excellent review Ashley! I’m so glad they made your top list of couples…hopefully I’ll enjoy what’s to come.

    The Cait Files

  6. Stephanie D. says:

    If you were hooked by page 15 (so much seems to have happened in the story by then), then this must be such a riveting read.

  7. Roxy says:

    EEE! I got this book in my TBR! I’m so excited to read it! :)

  8. Molli says:

    I absolutely love your review. I’d link you to mine so you can see how much we agree on but it’s not live til next week. But YES to Perry/Aria. They went from nothing to oh-so-much and Rossi really did it in a beautiful way. I also didn’t want it to end. It’s one of the times I’ve regretted being such a fast reader, because it was over too quickly.

    Molli | Once Upon a Prologue

  9. Gaby says:

    Perry and Aria sound like an interesting couple. I’ve heard some mixed reviews about this but I already own it, and I think now I’m more excited to read it :)

  10. Alexa says:

    Yay I’m glad you really enjoyed this one. I just got this one about two weeks ago and I even got it signed since Dark Days tour was in AZ.

    I can’t wait to read it now.

    You might want to fix your rating though because it is 5 shoes with the point 5 at the end. It should be 4 shoes with the point 5 at the end.

    Thanks for the great review!

  11. It definitely is a book that builds up, so I hate when I see other people say they DNF it because it was slow or whatever.. Getting through the whole book is soooo worth it! And yes, lol, the Aether is seriously hard to explain..

  12. I don’t really think it’s dystopian at all either. If anything, it’s post-apocalyptic. Plus, whatever those dudes have going on with them makes it another genre as well. See, I think this is why I didn’t like this one much. It has SO much STUFF in. lol. It’s just too much for me.

  13. RIGHT?!?! Oh my gosh, I’m so in love with them! And the aether is like this energy underneath the sun. It blocks the sky. I like to think of it as lightning zinging around up there that sometimes builds and builds and storms down killing whatever it hits. A roiling mass of energy.

    Also, I don’t think I could have said it better myself. Aria and Perry’s relationship was just so amazing. Also, I talked to the author, because she was here for a book signing, and she told me that book 2 starts almost EXACTLY where book 1 stops. So…*SQUEE* that’s some epicness coming our way. I can’t wait for that reunion. I need to see some molestation after that buildup, LOL!

  14. Oh yay, so glad to hear you loved this one too! It’s sitting on my shelf and I can’t wait to read it. It’s interesting that you noted that it is not exactly dystopian, but paranormal; I like a book that doesn’t stand in one definite category.

  15. Totally agree. I wasn’t sure how I was gonna feel about the story and characters in the beginning, but quickly they made the move to being awesome!
    - Jessica @ Book Sake

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