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Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Book Review: Under the Never Sky by Veronica Rossi

Reading level: Ages 14 and up
Hardcover: 384 pages
Publisher: HarperCollins (January 3, 2012)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 006207203X
ISBN-13: 978-0062072030
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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.

I went to the Spring Into the Future signing the other day with the whole ReadingTeen crew, to meet Tahereh Mafi, Anna Carey and Veronica Rossi. They were all very cool, funny and interesting to talk to. Sadly, the only book I had read before the signing was Tahereh Mafi's Shatter Me. After I left the signing, I promised myself, that I would read Under the Never Sky by Veronica Rossi and Eve by Anna Carey.
Well I started with Under the Never Sky, and ended up liking it a lot. At first, it was just so so for me. It wasn't until page 104 did it really get good great for me. Each chapter goes back and forth between the female (Aria's) point of view, and the male (Perry, Peregrines) point of view. I really liked how Veronica Rossi wrote this book. I loved her imagination between the two worlds.

Aria's world; underground, protected, her way of life is basically prim and proper. No disease, aging or pain. Every sensation is computer generated, like smelling a rose... it's just in her head.

Perry's world; Just imagine completely the opposite from Aria's. They live under the never sky, with harsh weather and tribes who kill each other, they are savages basically. There is disease, pain and real sensations like smelling a rose... you can hold it, feel it, smell it. No eyepiece.

Aria was banned from her world and dropped right into Perry's world...

The chemistry between Aria and Perry was so brutal and harsh at first, but awesome to read. Anyone could feel the tension between them. I loved Perry's chapters. I loved reading from his point of view. He was just so honest and unforgiving, sometimes cruel. Yet he had a very small soft spot for Aria instantly, he could be so sincere and sweet at times! (Don't tell him I said so) Aria's point of view, was mostly frustration, she had so much pride and determination! She did not want Perry to get to her. She overcame so much, learned so much, because she did it herself. She survived. She was not pampered like she was from her world. Now I'm sure Perry helped a lot, but Aria would like to believe that she did it all herself.

See don't you already feel the sexual tension? You should.

This book had it all... romance, action, violence, betrayal, good times, bad times, hard times, sad times, I really could go on and on. I cannot wait for the sequel Through the Ever Night to see what happens to Perry and Aria's world under the never sky. Read this book. It is awesome!!

5 out of 6


  1. I'm glad you ended up enjoying this book. I really enjoyed it and I'm looking forward to the sequel.

  2. I loved this book. It was a bit slow in the beginning but after a while I found I couldn't put it down.

    Great review! :)

  3. I haven't read this but I'm always intrigued because the author & I share the same last name (which is minor compared to the synopsis but still...). Maybe I'll have to snag this one & read it! Great review.

  4. I got this book for my birthday. Can't wait to read it!

  5. I have been wanting to read this book forever. I had won an ARC way back, but it got lost/stolen in the mail. (I still think stolen because the post office says that the found the envelope torn open.) Then I was so busy with other books and I wanted to get through some before I bought it, and then I just never got around to it. Lol!! This sounds like a book I really should just get and maybe if it's sitting there staring at me, I will be more likely to get to it sooner. Thanks for the great review!!

  6. Go read Andye's review, it's way better than mine! She is very detailed in her reviews.

  7. SO AGREE WITH YOU!!! I was reading it and almost put it down...but THEN I got so wrapped up in the story and the worlds. I so really had it all! THAT TENSION...AHHHH.

  8. I had similar thoughts; the beginning didn't really capture me but it picked up and I ended up liking it a lot!


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