Under the Never Sky
by: Veronica Rossi
Release Date: January 3, 2012
I originally read Rossi’s Under the Never Sky last year soon after it released, I loved it. This last month I purchased the hard copy (I had gotten it from the library) and reread it to prep myself for Through the Ever Night. If its possible, I think I enjoyed it even more the second time around. This book has all the ingredients for a great read to me: dynamic characters that I fall in love with, a villain that you aren’t sure is entirely evil, a well built world and a love that is realistic (and isn’t the entire point of the book).
I have really tried to keep this a spoiler free review.
Summary (via Goodreads):
WORLDS KEPT THEM APART.
DESTINY BROUGHT THEM TOGETHER.
Aria has lived her whole life in the protected dome of Reverie. Her entire world confined to its spaces, she’s never thought to dream of what lies beyond its doors. So when her mother goes missing, Aria knows her chances of surviving in the outer wasteland long enough to find her are slim.
Then Aria meets an outsider named Perry. He’s searching for someone too. He’s also wild – a savage – but might be her best hope at staying alive.
If they can survive, they are each other’s best hope for finding answers.
The future Rossi paints is one filled with illusion. Civilization now live in pods and the people are spending the vast majority of their time in virtual worlds to help them cope with the cramped and depressing life that living in the pod would produce. Science has allowed for long life spans, and luxuries of genetic specialization but emotions and experiences are only felt in the virtual worlds, Realms. Some people still live on the outside and are looked at as salvages. These outsiders have had to cope and evolved to survive the Aether storms that rage causing major destruction to the land. These storms wiped out the world as we know it and have been increasing in frequency and strength in recent times posing a threat to all. Rossi does a good job in showing how it would feel to live in either world, I could see advantages of both lifestyles. Not every aspect was new to me because these themes are always prevalent in sci-fi but she does a wonderful job keeping it new and interesting.
Under the Never Sky is in alternating first person, going between Aria and Perry. I never am confused on who I’m reading because both charaters have a distinct point of view. It frustrates me when reading a book if I just can’t imagine making the same decisions as the main character, I don’t feel like that with Aria or Perry. I can understand their choices and actions. I loved the primary characters and secondary, Roar, Talon even Cinder. I want to know more about each…what will happen with Roar and Liv? What makes Cinder the way he is? I can’t wait to find out more about each. I think Perry is one of my favorite fictional characters because he seems very real in his struggles and imperfections. I love his internal battle with his own nature regarding his current and future role in his group, the Tide. Rossi has created a loyal, flawed character that I enjoy seeing her world through. The modifications the ‘salvages’ have evolved are as interesting as they are mysterious. I feel like Rossi will give us a lot more insight to them in the later books.
Dystopian fiction is probably my favorite genre and Under the Never Sky hits all the right points for me. If you are a fan of dystopian or sci-fi I would recommend you read this ASAP so you can enjoy the sequel, Through the Ever Night releasing tomorrow, January 8, 2013!
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