Saturday, March 24, 2012
Review: Under The Never Sky
Under The Never Sky by Veronica Rossi
Publisher: Harper Collins
Release Date: January 3,2012
Page Count: 374
Challenges: 2012 Debut Author Challenge
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 was really excited to read this book because I have read/heard so many rave reviews about it. Under The Never Sky is told from the alternating viewpoints of Aria and Peregrine(Perry). Aria is a "dweller" who lives in the enclosed city of Reverie, she spends her time with friends in the Realms( virtual environments that she accesses through an eyepiece called a Smarteye). Peregrine(Perry) lives with his tribe out in the real world, he is trying to survive hunger, cold, and the Aether storms that are a constant threat.
I think my favorite thing about this book was the world building, it was descriptive enough to were you could easily imagine life inside of Reverie and life on the Outside but not so descriptive to were you get bored by all of the details that are being presented to you. I did struggle a little bit during the first hundred or so pages with some of the unique terminology that Veronica Rossi created but I quickly got use to it and it didn't feel so foreign to me.
I also loved the character development.I loved watching Aria develop into a tough, competent heroine who could survive on the outside. No matter how hard things got she didn't complain and she kept pushing forward. Perry kind of goes in the opposite direction as Aria, he starts off seeming like the savage that Aria has been warned about her entire life but it turns out that underneath that tough exterior he is actually a really caring character. I also enjoyed the secondary characters Roar and Cinder, I really hope we get to see more of them in Through the Ever Night.
I liked the fact that this book didn't fall into the trap of insta-love that is found in most YA novels, in fact it seems like they both started off with a really strong prejudice of each other. I want to say that the romance didn't really become too noticeable to me until about page 300 or so.
Ultimately, I really enjoyed this book and gave it 4/5 stars. I gave it 4 stars because in my opinion it started off a little too slow.
For those of you that have read 'Under the Never Sky' what did you think of it? Leave your opinions in the comments below.