Under the Never Sky by Veronica Rossi
US Release Date: January 3rd 2012
Series: Under the Never Sky #1
Kindle, 374 pages
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.
Summary from HarperCollins
Far in the future, the Aether appeared, clouding the sky for ever and creating high electrically charged storms that destroy cities. Mutations of diseases brought plagues and wiped out entire populations. Some groups took shelter underground and created Pods where science dominates. Nothing is really real in this world. They wear Smarteyes that allow infinite possibilities. Going over the left eye and connecting to the brain, you can see, go and do what you want just by thinking of it.
Aria is one of them. When she loses contact with her mother working in Bliss, an other Pod, she does everything to find out what happened. She even goes after Soren, the son of Reverie’s Director of Security, to get information. But all turns bad. She’s accused of letting an Outsider in and immediately thrown out of Reverie into the Death Shop. All she knows about this world are from horrifying stories. I loved her from the beginning. She cares for the people around her like Paisley and her mother. I liked that she never gave up. It doesn’t matter if she’s scared, sad or hurting, she continues moving and she never complained. Aria is a strong heroine for all that, but also because she was not the kind to let the Outsider do all the job and save her. She kind of did nothing but at least she learned how to find food and defend herself with a knife because she wanted to be able to do it if anything happen. And she doesn’t stop talking. When it could be annoying, I found it really enjoyable mainly because Perry was there, wishing she would just shut up already and it was funny! She’s a little bit naive, but who wouldn’t be in a world you don’t know and understand.
Some people doesn’t live in the Pods: the Outsiders. Peregrine, or Perry, is one of them. Vale, his brother, is Blood-Lord of a tribe called the Tides, he’s the leader, but Perry wished he could take his place. Winter is coming and everyone worries about it. Aether storms in winter worsen every year. In this world, there are now the Marked, people with gifts. They are very valuable and make the best hunters. Those who aren’t are called the Unmarked and are the populations’ majority. Perry is a Scire and a Seer, a rare thing to have two abilities! He can smell emotions which are called tempers and can see in the dark. He’s so noble and caring. All he wants is the best for everyone and all his actions are done to accomplish that.
The main characters were really great, but my favourite character is Roar. He’s an Outsider like Perry and an Audile, he can hear very very well. I fell in love with him from the first time he spoke. He’s handsome, charming and so funny! Seriously, he’s perfect. I laughed out loud when he said: “Seers are good at looking and good-looking, but before you start wondering, no. I’m not a Seer. Just lucky.” and it’s just one of the funny things he says. I loved reading how Perry and him interact and how he got along with Aria. I also can’t wait to read more about Roar and Liv, Perry’s sister. I need to read the novella about them!
Each chapter is rotating from Perry’s to Aria’s point of view. The romance was, in my opinion, perfect! It developed in a very realistic way, nothing was rushed. Their dynamic was very interesting since they have been conditioned to hate and fear each other. She thinks he’s rude and he never answers her questions. He calls her a Rat. The world-building was beautiful and well-done by the author. Maybe it was lacking some explanations, but it wasn’t a big problem for me. For half the book I couldn’t picture what the Aether was and looked like, I’m not sure if it’s just me or what? At least now I do!
It took me a very long time to read it because I didn’t like the beginning at all, when they are in Ag 6. We’re thrown into a world we know nothing about and I didn’t understand a thing, but as soon as things started to be explained (around page 30) I started enjoying it and I read it in a day. I was surprised at how I liked this book! I can’t wait to read Through the Ever Sky and see what happens next.
They called the world beyond the Pod “the Death Shop.” A million ways to die out there.”
A world of nevers under a never sky.”
“He knew he should look away, but he couldn’t.”
Book Trailer (Some spoilers!!)
Under the Never Sky Series
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Under the Never Sky (Under the Never Sky #1)
Through the Ever Night (Under the Never Sky #2) [no review]
Brooke (Under the Never Sky #2.5) [no review]
Into the Still Blue (Under the Never Sky #3) [no review]
Veronica Rossi is the author of post-apocalyptic fiction for young adults. Her debut novel, UNDER THE NEVER SKY, is the first in a trilogy. Released in January 2012, it was deemed one of the Best Books of Year by School Library Journal. The second book in the trilogy, THROUGH THE EVER NIGHT, debuted in January on the NY Times and USA Today Best Seller Lists. The final book in the series, INTO THE STILL BLUE, released in January 2014.
Foreign rights to the UNDER THE NEVER SKY trilogy have sold in over twenty-five territories to date and film rights have been optioned by Warner Bros.
She completed undergraduate studies at UCLA and then went on to study fine art at the California College of the Arts in San Francisco. She lives in Northern California with her husband and two sons. When not writing, she enjoys reading, painting, and counting down the minutes until she can get back to making up stories about imaginary people. From the author’s website.