Under the Never Sky by Veronica Rossi
Also by this author: Through the Ever Night, Under the Never Sky
Series: Under the Never Sky #1
Also in this series: Through the Ever Night, Under the Never Sky
Genres: Dystopian, Young Adult
Read in: September 2015
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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.
Honestly, this book started out a little boring to me. It didn’t really feel like it could set itself apart from all the other YA Dystopian books I’ve read in the past.
The beginning of this book just seemed like all other dystopian novels out there for teens. There was a thing that happened to change the world as we know it and there are people who live life in pods who are protected and people who live outside of that and have changes to their bodies. … Yeah set up of almost any dystopian book. I have actually read a book with almost this very same tagline to it.
In the beginning of the book the two main characters, Perry and Aria, felt very bland. They didn’t really have true characteristics that set them apart from a cardboard cut out. Perry was silent and distant and Aria just wanted to whine about many things and get on everyone’s nerves. If I was Perry in that first 100 pages I would have left her to rot in the desert. Once they really got going on their journey I felt the book got a little better. I didn’t really find myself hooked until Roar showed up though! Now this is a guy I would want to be the leading role, because at least we could have been laughing the whole time instead of trekking through the desert and woods like a bunch of boring people. Honestly Roar saved the story for me. He also brought news with him that helped the reader see more of the story beyond what Perry and Aria knew. Roar was a breath of fresh air and if he wasn’t in the book I wouldn’t have kept on reading. I also already love his crush on Liv even though I haven’t even met her yet.
Once the group got to their first destination things started to get better because Aria and Perry actually started to open up more and have more depth to their characters. They also started to bond and what is a book without a little romance to get things moving. Although at one point I did think they moved a little too fast for my liking.
Overall, I don’t want to give away the plot of this book but I did find the story a lot better in the second half of the book once more people were present as well as more emotions in our leading characters. I liked the book enough in the end to decide to move on with reading the second book although I have this bad feeling that the second book will slow the story progress down which would be classic of a YA middle sequel book. Sigh I suppose I shall have to see if book two can impress me a little more.