Under The Never Sky
UK and Ireland Cover
This book was released in January 2012. It is the first book in a trilogy. The film rights where bought by Warner Bros. Studio.
What they say…
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.
What I say…
I’d just finished a brilliant book and I was sad to finish it, So I wasn’t too thrilled to start another book so soon. However I can never be not reading and I needed something. I saw this book on my “To Read” Shelf I know we all have them 😉 and decided to give it a go.
I’ll be the first to admit that the dystopian genre is not exactly my thing, but I keep reading books in the genre because it’s a popular genre in YA fiction right now and I do like some dystopian books (I’m just picky about which ones).
The pacing was very well done. A lot of the book seemed to be Perry and Aria travelling through the wilderness but it was not boring in any way, shape, or form thanks to Veronica Rossi’s skill. The alternative POVs also helped to move the book a long so that even as they were travelling there was still something new going on.
Following both Perry and Aria in third person, the reader gets both perspectives of two distinctly different races. Aria comes from the world underneath a dome where technology is used as the only escape and everything is orderly and docile. All the air is regulated, the food carefully enhanced and the only entertainment is the simulated pleasures of the Realms. Scientist and engineers have nipped and tucked the world into all the “best” parts so that there is no pain or sickness or unpleasant things. Because of this easy life, Aria isn’t equipped with the knowledge on how to protect herself or survive in the world outside the dome called “the Death Shop” by her people. Though she lacks basic survival skills, it is easy to like Aria because she questions her surroundings and instead of moping around when her life spins out of control, she fights back with everything she has. In sharp contrast with her society is the one Peregrine comes from. Taking half the chapters, Perry is skilled in surviving outside with the aether storms, cannibals and small amounts of food. He knows how to hunt and how to protect himself. And unlike the race that retreated, the Outsiders have adapted with the aether which (though it still plagues them) have enhanced their Senses to incredible lengths. Perry’s particular abilities are incredibly fascinating to read about and I really enjoyed learning how Perry’s world mixed old customs with new ones. But the best part by far about following both of these characters around is watching them both start to change. It isn’t just Aria that shifts as she stays on the outside but Perry changes a bit too. They start out on opposite sides of the spectrum and through spending time with each other, they both drift into the middle, learning useful things about each society through each other. Watching these two characters slowly learn to trust each other and realize that something more is blossoming underneath their original need for each other is satisfying and slow like all good things. I really cared for these characters and their journey.
The world that is explained here is way more than just your average dystopian future; it’s also a thrillingly haunting new take on the possibility of what evolution could really spark under certain circumstances. There is non-stop tension, heart pounding action, sweet blooming romance, and a story that will leave you breathless for more. All in all, I definitely recommend this one for a read. I’m looking forward to the release of book two, Through the Ever Night, the wait is going to be brutal – Veronica Rossi, you are now one of my many favourite authors!