Review: Under the Never Sky by Veronica Rossi
Published by HarperTeen on January 3rd 2012.
Since she’d been on the outside, she’d survived an Aether storm, she’d had a knife held to her throat, and she’d seen men murdered. This was worse. 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. (Goodreads)
This one is a tough one for me. I’ve had all three books of the trilogy sitting on my shelves for awhile. I have no idea when I would have picked this up on my own, but The Novel Bunch, a Goodreads reading group I am a part of picked Under the Never Sky as its April book of the month. I first heard about this book from Lainey, one of my favorite YouTubers. This of course was way before I started my own channel. I have always trusted Lainey’s opinion because she has never steered me wrong. Our book tastes are very similar so I acquired all three, but never got around to reading them. Lainey raved about this book. So when I was finally picking it up I was stoked.
Then I started reading it….I quickly felt lost and uninterested. You’re thrown into a new dystopian world with so many new concepts that you get lost in trying to figure everything out, because the first 100 or so pages are essentially setting up the world. Realms, Smarteyes, Outsiders, the Aether, Dwellers, Scires, and more make it quite confusing. I was worried that this was going to be a book I had to force myself to read, rather than enjoy. After the info dump the real story starts taking shape and from there it really becomes magical. The entire story is told from the alternating perspectives of Aria and Perry. While I haven’t enjoyed books with alternating perspectives so much in the past this one was done well. It had a natural flow to it. At about page 104 when Aria has her second encounter with Perry it actually begins getting real good. There are unexpected plot twists and romance (not insta-love) to enjoy. I rated this book 4.5 stars. If the beginning would have been easier to follow it would have easily been 5 stars. With that being said, I loved it and immediately began reading the second book in the trilogy, which picks up right where Under the Never Sky ends.
My Casting of Under the Never Sky
Veronia Rossi writes fiction for young adults. Her debut novel, UNDER THE NEVER SKY, was the first in a post-apocalyptic trilogy. Released in January 2012, it was deemed one of the Best Books of Year by School Library Journal. The second book in the trilogy, THROUGH THE EVER NIGHT, debuted on the NY Times and USA Today Best Seller Lists. The final book in the series, INTO THE STILL BLUE, debuted #6 on the NY Times Best Seller series list in January 2014. Foreign rights to the UNDER THE NEVER SKY trilogy sold in over twenty-five territories, and film rights have been optioned.
She completed undergraduate studies at UCLA and then went on to study fine art at the California College of the Arts in San Francisco. She lives in Northern California with her husband and two sons. When not writing, she enjoys reading, painting, and running.