Tuesday, January 3, 2012

Book Review: Under the Never Sky by Veronica Rossi

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.
My thoughts:

The concept and setting of Under the Never Sky is great. With the way global warming is going, it's not out of the question that we would some time in the future be living in enclosed environments to protect us from the dangers of outside. And would it not be likely for some people to refuse living in these cities, and prefer facing the danger instead of letting themselves be controlled?

I have to be honest, after the first fifty pages I was asking myself if every review I'd seen so far could be wrong. Even with as much action as those first chapters held, they still felt slow to me. I think part of the problem is that both Aria and Perry were telling so much about themselves, their lives, friends and personalities, but didn't support any of it with their actions.

Luckily it gets a lot better after that. As soon as Aria is thrown out of the pod and meets Perry we start seeing some actual character building. On his own, Perry is arrogant, makes rash decisions, and doesn't seem to care about anyone except for his abducted nephew. On her own, Aria is curious, inexperienced, and has lived a life protected from not just danger, but from life itself. Together, they have to learn how to trust each other with their lives, and slowly they form a bond that's so much stronger than anyone would have expected from a mole and a savage.

I really, really liked Aria and Perry's relationship. It was so slow and reluctant at first, yet growing with every situation they handled together. I also loved two of the characters introduced in the second half, and especially one of them gave some much needed lightness to an otherwise dark story. The ending was a little WTF in a good "oh my good, I want the sequel now" kind of way, but it also answered some important questions as to not leave us completely hanging.

All in all I thought Under the Never Sky was a great beginning of a new series, with enough action, intrigue, friendship and romance to make me interested in reading the rest.

Very pretty, and I like how it stands out from all these girl-in-pretty-dress covers we've been seeing lately.

My rating of this book:

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Full disclosure:
ARC received from NetGalley

This book can be purchased from a number of local retailers and online book stores like Amazon and The Book Depository (I'm not an affiliate of either). The latter store has free shipping to about 100 countries.


  1. Oh, my review for this one went online today, too. :D And I feel exactly the same: at the beginning it was quite slow, but then I fell in love with it - especially because of their slowly developing relationship. :) Great review!


  2. So we need to stick to it! Get past the first 50 pages and we are there.

  3. Great review. This is on my TBR list, and I'm looking forward to it.

  4. I do fear that I might would have called it quits at the beginning and skimmed the rest...hard to say if you say the beginning was a bit so and so

  5. I really don't know what to feel about this book. I think it was all over the place at least for me. The shifting of POV doesn't help much in my opinion. Great review!

    Mind checking out my review of Crossroads by Mary Ting

    Jay @ We Fancy Books

  6. Glad you enjoyed it :) I just ordered this book the other day :) So looking forward to reading it :)

  7. I do sometimes wonder if I'm reading the same book as everyone else. Good to hear that things picked up soon after.

  8. Great review! This had a fun plot but I was so confused by all the weird terms! haha

    Xpresso Reads

  9. So happy you enjoyed this! I loved it. And yes, Perry and Aria's relationship was brilliantly written! I loved how they slowly grew to trust one another and shattered the prejudices they both held in the beginning. So excited to see what Veronica brings in the sequel. Fantastic review!

  10. "Under the Never Sky" takes the reader into a dystopian future where people are confined to Pods ¿ giant domes where they are forced to live. Life is comfortable in the dome for Aria, until she is accused of a serious crime and exiled into the wastelands outside. Fearing the electric storms that strike the earth as well as the stories of cannibals and savages that she has heard, Aria must find her way to her mother in order to clear her name and live on the inside once more.


Thank you for sharing your thoughts =)