Monday, January 2, 2012

Review: Under the Never Sky by Veronica Rossi

     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.

As a huge dystopian fan, I highly recommend Veronica Rossi's Under the Never Sky.  This book takes you on a journey that is fast-paced and exciting, complete with action, romance, and humor.  Rossi did an amazing job creating a new world both imaginative and fantastic yet still believable.  I was fascinated with the virtual lives that the dwellers were capable of in the Realms, but I was also captivated by the outsiders and their primitive ways and animalistic natures.  While there’s a balance between reality and fantasy, there is also a balance between the harshness of the real world and it’s sweetness which can only be truly appreciated after tasting its bitterness.
I love books with dual perspectives and the unique and distinct voices of both Aria and Peregrine did not disappoint me.  The lives of Aria, a dweller from the reverie dome, and Peregrine, an outsider from the tides tribe, are intertwined and the two are forced to help one another in their journeys to find their loved ones.  I loved both main characters.  They're both strong and determined with a vulnerability that had me rooting for their success.  Their difficult relationship often made me laugh and I enjoyed the way their friendship blossomed from merely needing the other's help to a strong and fierce need to protect one another.  Their love story is sweet and the pacing is realistic.  
I was completely swept away with this story and I'm super excited to see where this series takes me.  I became highly invested in the lives of these characters and I can't wait to learn more.  All in all, a great read that you won't be able to put down.  Love, love love!!!
  • 5 out of 5 Stars
Review by @MaryMunar

Author: Veronica Rossi
Publisher: Harper Collins
Release Date: January 3, 2011
Series: Yes
Pages: 384
Genre: Dystopian


  1. I have this pre-ordered so I'm crossing my fingers that it will be in my mailbox tomorrow. I'll be, of course, reading Bloodrose first, but then I can't wait to dive into this book.
    Great review =)

  2. I loved this book too! I thought both characters were so strong and I really liked hearing both of their perspectives. I am looking forward to the next book as well.

  3. I loved this one, too. It's similar to other YA dystopians in a lot of ways, but different, you know? I'm interested to see where the series goes as well ...

  4. I really liked this book, but i would give it 4 stars.
    Coming from me though 4 stars is really good 5 stars from me is almost impossible.


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