Wednesday, 12 February 2014

Review: Under the Never Sky by Veronica Rossi

Book: Under the Never Sky

Series: Under the Never Sky #1

Author: Veronica Rossi

Publisher: HarperTeen

Pages: 374 Pages

Format: eBook

Source: Bought for my Nook

Goodreads Summary

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.

I hadn't read a dystopian in a while, and to be honest, I was weary to read any more. The reason being was because I was so done with the overused worlds that appear in YA dystopia. To me, a lot of them all seem the same. But it was on sale on my ereader and I couldn't pass up that deal. And I was pleasantly surprised.

The world in Under the Never Sky is like nothing I've ever read. I found it was more post apocalyptic than it was dystopian, which was a pleasant surprise. The world building was on point. The world was believable, and everything that happened within it fit so well. In this world, the sky is one of the largest threats to someone's life, and I was so interested in that. The fact that something that is always there and always will be there can be so dangerous is terrifying, and the struggled portrayed were accurate, and really fun to read about.

The characters are also another really cool thing about this book. Aria is from the protected city of Reverie, and Perry is from the world outside. The unlikely pairing is thrown together and the relationship between the two is so wonderful. Not only because of the way that they function together, but because they are two very well developed characters that are whole people without each other. In YA books, some romances are not believable because the characters are only whole when they are with each other. This romance and friendship is so believable because the characters work well together as well as apart. I really love these characters for that reason. Also, Roar is just cool.

I really liked the plot as well. It was fast paced and kept me interested. Veronica Rossi is really good at writing suspense, so I was always looking forward to what was yet to come. The book set up the sequel really well, without going so far as to rely on a cliff hanger to keep the audience coming back.

Overall, a really good read, and I really enjoyed it! 4/5 stars! Can't wait to read book 2, Through the Ever Night.


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