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Review: Under the Never Sky by Veronica Rossi

Under the Never Sky by Veronica Rossi

Title: Under the Never Sky
Author: Veronica Rossi
Series: Under the Never Sky, #1
Genres: Dystopian, Fantasy, Sci-Fi, Young Adult
Publisher: HarperCollins
Date Published: January 3rd, 2012
Edition: Hardcover
Rating:

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.

My Review:

Under the Never Sky is a really unique blend of dystopian, sci-fi, and fantasy. I was actually quite surprised. I thought it would be just a regular dystopian set in a post-apocalyptic world or something to that effect. But quite honestly, I don’t even know if it takes place on our planet with some of the things going on. Of course, I could be wrong, but it wasn’t really quite clear.

Which brings me to my first, and really only, problem with the book. The world building was quite minimal and so the world was very confusing for most of the book. Even some aspects I still never really understood by the end. What was the world like before the Realms? Why are some people Dwellers and others Outsiders? What is the Aether? How did the world become separated like it is? How/Why are Outsiders Marked? Things like this. The world I think could have been expanded on and I really wanted to know more about it. Because it’s such a unique world I had trouble understanding some of these things and I really wish they would have been built upon a bit more.

Other than that though I really liked the book. It had lots of adventure. Aria and Perry were quite sweet. At first I wasn’t feeling the chemistry between them all that much, but then it just took off and wow, those two are just so freakin’ cute as a couple. I loved them.

I also loved how much we got to see Aria grow in just this one book. Well, I think both her and Perry grew to a certain extent. But Aria I noticed the most. It was so gradual that I didn’t even really realize it until I was thinking about the book after the fact.

In the next book I hope to see a lot more world building and of course more Aria and Perry moments! The ending…ahh. That just about killed me. Not in a bad way, it was just too vague. But it certainly made me want to pick up the next book as soon as it’s out! :)

4 Hearts
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7 Responses to Review: Under the Never Sky by Veronica Rossi

  1. A. Knight says:

    OH. I'm so hoping to read this book before the end of next month, because it looks utterly fabulous! I'm dying to meet Aria and Perry. And Roar, from what I've heard about him.

    Asher
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  2. Seriously I can't even tell how much I loved this book! But, I think I know what you mean about the world building. I saw someone had a similar problem with not having a clue where the whole story is set and when. I didn't mind because I was so entranced by the wonderful characters and this unique mix of genres. I loved the growing love between Aria and Perry and found it refreshing instead of those instant love relations that so often happen in YA.

    Glad you liked it despite your confusion with the setting!
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  3. Tara T. says:

    I just reviewed this one today! I completely agree about the world-building. I had no clue what the author was talking about some of the time….It was kind of frustrating. I like Aria and Perry together too! I thought they were really cute. I'm excited for the sequel, hopefully we'll get more details and info about the setting and history….
    My recent post Book Review – Under the Never Sky by Veronica Rossi

  4. aurian says:

    At least there is not a cliffhanger in the end, compelling you to read on. Nice review!
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  5. Rebecca says:

    Oh yay! I'm sooooo glad you liked it as well. Gosh, I loved it so bad I can't even explain it, haha. They are one of my absolute favorite couples and I adored the story. I do see where you're coming from with the world-building, although I didn't have an issue with it while reading. Hopefully it's something that will be looked into more as the series go, though! I'm definitely curious as well. Great review!
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  6. Molli says:

    Wonderful review, Sarah! I am super glad to see that you enjoyed UTNS. I will agree with you though, the world-building was a bit sketchy. I am really really hoping that we see more backstory and the like in the sequel, because I think that's really all this book needed.

    Yay for Perry/Aria love. :)

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