Author: Veronica Rossi
Publish Date: January 3, 2012 by Harper Collins
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.I haven't read a dystopian story in a while, so I was definitely ready for a book like Under the Never Sky. But I wasn't prepared for the depth of Veronica Rossi's world-building and boy, did I love the details of this world haunted by destructive aether storms. Storms so violent that in order to protect themselves, people created pods and within these pods, they created virtual worlds so they could enjoy pastimes in a safe environment.
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.
Let's step back for a second, imagine if you could create an underwater birthday party for your kid. With mermaid tails for everyone. I see a few of you taking out your smartphones and making notes. We're not so far away from that, are we? It's what Veronica does best -- in the middle of her dystopian reality, she gives us something we can completely relate to and so we buy into her world and the political and social structures she creates.
Then she populates this world with such a well defined cast of characters that we grow to understand them and even love them (well, some of them at least). I fell in love with Aria, the protagonist who was forced out in the unprotected wilderness and who fought for her life in a completely foreign environment. She adapts so well, but is believable in her very real worry that the environment may kill her. And then there's Perry. The savage hunter. Okay, I'll say it...hello, HotBoywithArrows. But again, in the hands of Veronica, he's something more than the Beast to Aria's Beauty; he's a deeply motivated, complex hero.
The love story is classic and perfectly paced. The action sequences are fast and deadly. The stakes are so high in this book that you will find yourself finishing the story before you wanted to. And the ending? Few endings have left me feeling the way this one made me feel. I know, I promised no spoilers.
Under the Never Sky is available in bookstores right now. I know you'll love Aria, Perry and oh boy, wait until you meet Roar. Roar will definitely make my list of favorite sidekick characters in 2012. Don't let these guys sit on your shelf or nightstand, their story is one that you've got to read.
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