Author: Veronica Rossi
Publication: Jan. 3, 2012, HarperCollins Publishers
Format: Paperback, 374 pages
Source: Own Copy from NBS
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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 had the chance to read this novel before going to the event and I must say I enjoyed it. I am not much of a dystopian reader though I have enjoyed many titles such as the Juliette Chronicles, The Hunger Games Trilogy and The Maze Runner Trilogy.
Under the Never Sky is a fascinating read. Technology such as the Smarteye is something that many have dreamed of. It’s like Google Glass, but more efficient. Living in the world of Reverie for Aria, I wouldn’t mind doing so. The idea of living in a false realm kind of excites me but also makes me question whether in our fast paced world, we would end up having this idea of false worlds become a reality and it could either be beneficial or a total scare. One thing that is most interesting about this novel is the ability of some of the characters to have heightened senses. For example, Seers can see farther and clearer at night, Auds can hear the most inaudible of sounds and even listen to your thoughts once physical contact has been initiated and then there are Scires, who can smell scents like animals and even smell emotion and tempers of a person. Only those in the Tides or outside of Reverie can genetically have this ability. It must be awesome to have a certain ability such as those living in the Tides. And Perry is lucky to have two of these abilities. Makes me envy a character with a passion. HAHA.
There is a way in which Veronica Rossi is able to convey certain intricacies in the novel without making it too difficult to comprehend. There are some novels that are way too taxing to read because there are words that are way too difficult to understand or metaphors and the likes are way too much. But with Veronica’s work, I didn’t find much complexity like I thought I would which made me enjoy this novel very much.
What I would’ve wanted out of the first novel is a better introduction to supporting characters like Roar or Liv, but I guess that’s because it’s a trilogy and I would still need to read the rest of it before I can truly say something. But still, I would’ve enjoyed knowing more about Roar or Aria’s mother in the first novel. By the way, Roar is like a piece of Kenji that I can’t quite get a grip of myself when reading the parts with him in it. For sure, there is more to look forward to in the two other novels and I couldn’t wait to invest in those other two novels.
Read the Under The Never Sky Trilogy and get sucked in into the wonderful world of Aether storms, intriguing characters and places that the novels have to offer.
About the Author
Veronica Rossi graduated from UCLA. The first book in her Under the Never Sky trilogy was named an ALA Best Fiction for Young Adults selection and an Indie Next List Pick. The second book, Through the Ever Night, was a New York Times and USA Today bestseller. The series has been optioned for film by Warner Bros. Veronica lives in northern California with her husband and two sons.
(Author Bio from Barnes and Noble)