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Under the Never Sky by Veronica Rossi

January 12th, 2012 by Debbie's World of Books

Source: Picked up an ARC at NCIBA & also purchased my own finished copy

Publication date: Jan. 3, 2012

Publisher: HarperCollins

I give this book 4 out of 5 stars

Summary from Aria is a teenager in the enclosed city of Reverie. Like all Dwellers, she spends her time with friends in virtual environments, called Realms, accessed through an eyepiece called a Smarteye. Aria enjoys the Realms and the easy life in Reverie. When she is forced out of the pod for a crime she did not commit, she believes her death is imminent. The outside world is known as The Death Shop, with danger in every direction.

As an Outsider, Perry has always known hunger, vicious predators, and violent energy storms from the swirling electrified atmosphere called the Aether. A bit of an outcast even among his hunting tribe, Perry withstands these daily tests with his exceptional abilities, as he is gifted with powerful senses that enable him to scent danger, food and even human emotions.

They come together reluctantly, for Aria must depend on Perry, whom she considers a barbarian, to help her get back to Reverie, while Perry needs Aria to help unravel the mystery of his beloved nephew’s abduction by the Dwellers. Together they embark on a journey challenged as much by their prejudices as by encounters with cannibals and wolves. But to their surprise, Aria and Perry forge an unlikely love – one that will forever change the fate of all who live UNDER THE NEVER SKY.

I read this book almost in one sitting and thought it was an amazing read.  I will admit it started off a little rocky and I was wondering why people were raving about it but the fact that several friends whose taste I trust and the fact that I just love Veronica Rossi kept me going.  It was definitely worth wading through the rough parts!  Initially Aria just irritated me with her attitude towards Perry and how she treated him as a “savage” despite how he is constantly saving her life.  But when I sat down and really thought about it I could not really blame her.  She was raised with these images and stories about those who live outside the pods and has never had to face real life.  In the realms she has never had to face real fear, pain, hunger, etc.  If something got too uncomfortable she could just move on to another realm.  Once I came to this realization I can understand why Perry would scare the heck out of her despite being her savior.  I enjoyed seeing how she learns to adapt to Perry’s world and eventually see how though Perry’s world may seem more primitive it had so much to offer.

I loved Perry’s character.  Despite not being able to read and in some senses the savage that Aria viewed him as you can’t help but like him for his straight forward way of thinking and survival.  I wonder how being able to smell what a person is feeling would affect how you view people in general.  I would imagine it could skew things a lot because I know sometimes I have instinctive reactions that I suppress because I know they are wrong or impulsive but I wonder how someone like Perry would view those reactions?  The fact that he is able to forgive Aria’s horrible treatment of him and move past it was amazing and just made me love him all the more.

The supporting characters were just as intriguing and I cannot wait to see more of them.  Talon just tugs at your heartstrings, Roar was impossible not to like and I would love to learn more about Marron’s background and how he built his community.  The end was pretty predictable and I saw it coming from almost the beginning but I still loved the ride.  The world Rossi builds reminded me Clan of the Cave Bear meets The Matrix and works much better than you would expect.  This is one debut author you will not want to miss.

Posted in 4 Star Books, Books, Dystopia, Young Adult

2 Responses

  1. Kailana

    I am glad to hear you enjoyed this book so much because it does sound interesting!

  2. Bookworm1858

    I also had trouble getting in to this book at first; the world was confusing but I liked the slow romance build-up as Aria and Perry got to know each other.

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