Thursday, July 19, 2012

Under the Never Sky by Veronica Rossi

Genre:  YA Fantasy
Under the Never Sky Series, Book 1

Description (taken from Veronica Rossi's website):
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 learn to accept one another to survive. Their unlikely alliance forges a bond that will determine the fate of all who live under the never sky.

I have to start with the fact that this is probably the number one book I was waiting for when 2012 rolled around.  I purchased it immediately, and then it sat on my shelf due to my lack of prioritizing books to read.  So, I was super excited to read this.  Fantasy, check.  Slight dystopian setting, you betcha.  But I don't know if it worked for me.

We're in a fantasy world or a futuristic dying world, however you decide to look at it.  The sky has an aether substance to it.  And this aether is dangerous (kind of like lightning storms on steroids).  And I think it sounds totally cool, but there wasn't enough descriptions for it.  I felt like my background quota was left unsatisfied.

Meeting Aria and Perry, I fell in love with both of them equally.  I really enjoyed the third person setting jumping from Aria to Perry in the book.  And honestly, Perry is such an interesting character.  But when the romance entered the scene, I felt like I had to kind of force myself to like it.  Don't get me wrong because I loved it.  But all of those minor details (and questions like "How did we go from 'I hate your guts' to hand-holding so quickly?") had to be tossed aside which I easily did.

I believe I'm stuck in the middle with this book.  Did I enjoy it?  Yes.  Did I love it?  I don't know.  As a first book in a series, it was good.  But if I were looking for a single book to read, this wouldn't be it.  I'll most likely be picking up the second one just to see what happens in this world.

Challenges:  Debut Author Challenge and Young Adult Reading Challenge


  1. A lot of people say that they didn't like Aria, so it was interesting to see what you had to say.

    To be honest, I havn't read this book yet, so I can't say anything, although a friend of mine keeps pushing me to do so, because she's in love with Perry. ^^

    As you think it's just a meh book, I'm not all that excited to read it. Maybe I'll find a copy at the library. :)

  2. I'm glad to hear what you had to say about this novel. I'm actually hoping to read it this month. Thanks for the review!


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