Book Review: Under The Never Sky by Veronica Rossi

Under The Never Sky
Under The Never Sky #1
Author: Veronica Rossi
Reading Level: YA
Genre: Dystopian/Post Apocalyptic
Released: January 3rd 2012
Review Source: HarperTEEN
Available: Amazon

Summary: (from goodreads) 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.

(4.5 Trees to be exact)

Normally I start off my reviews talking about the cover or something else entirely. Today though I'm starting with the ending!!!  What a freaking doosey of an ending Rossi gave us. Seriously, I thought I missed something, I flipped back a few pages a few times wondering out loud, "that's where she leaves it! No she can'ttttt." Rossi's ending is now tied with Karen Marie Moning's ending in her Fever series as my top favorites for being MAJOR Cliff-hangers! Closely behind are Pandemonium and Insurgent. You have been warned if you have yet to read Under the Never Sky. Now don't go cheating and reading the last pages first. I know a few of you that like to do that. It will be worth the wait and its a good suffering.

Under the Never Sky is an alluring combination of Dystopian and Post Apocalyptic mix. Rossi created a world that I can see happening in a far future, let's pray it doesn't though. Our world now lives in inside these pod-like cities and wear these contraption on their eyes so we can visit these realms. Everything is pretty much conducted through visiting the realms plus they have figured out ways to stop unnecessary things. So for instance, fingernails have no use in growing and has been cancelled out, this is just one example. I guess if you have played the game Sims before, I picture the realms like the game. You can visit all sorts of different realms with your friends or family, change your attire, hair and much more while in the realm. Pretty cool right? They also don't have disease anymore. Well it all sounds fine and dandy until your thrown out of this world you only know, and have to live in the outside world. 

Under the Never Sky is told from Aria and Peregrine "Perry" point of view. Aria gets exiled when certain events happen while she is trying to discover why she hasn't heard from her mother. These events involve the son of one of the consul, which surviver do you think will get the blame dump on. Instead of the one who is at fault getting the blame, the consul protects him and banishes Aria to the outside world. Aria is in full panic, she feels she will die and not be able to survive. Lucky for Aria her path crosses once again with Perry. Perry was the outsider who saved her before she got exiled. Perry is angry, and blames Aria for events that have taken place to him. Aria and Perry will have to learn to work together to be able to survive and save those they cherish the most. Add to this the deadly Aether storms that can take place at any second. Will Aria's voice and Perry's sense of smell, help them survive another day?

If you like adventurous journeys then you will love to read Under the Never Sky. There was never a dull moment in this book. If your not running from cannibals then your sitting discovering what it is to fall in love. The characters in Under the Never Sky will win you over and they will leave you pinning for more after you close the book. 


  1. I really appreciated the adventure and movement in this book-you are right to say there is never a dull moment as we follow Aria and Perry's remarkable journey :)


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