Under the Never Sky by Veronica Rossi
Also by this author: Under the Never Sky
Series: Under the Never Sky #1
Also in this series: Under the Never Sky
Published by HarperCollins
Genres: Young Adult, Science Fiction, Dystopian
Source: Personal Collection
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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 - via GoodReads
Alexa and I decided to buddy read Under the Never Sky by Veronica Rossi in September. We’d both had it in our TBR for awhile and it just felt like it was time to give it a go.
I’m not going to lie, it wasn’t easy making it through the first half. I just didn’t know Perry or Aria very well. They seemed like they were rather dry characters and I couldn’t get into them.
Something changed around the 50% mark though and I couldn’t put the book down. If I had to pinpoint one point, I think it was when the story became bigger than just Perry and Aria. All of a sudden there was so much more. More people, more goals, and more to focus on. It got a bit monotonous when it was just Perry and Aria out there on a journey.
Ross does an awesome job with her world. Under the Nevery Sky is set in a post-apocalyptic world. Earth is still Earth but with a much smaller population. It is also plagued by the Aether which creates, for lack of a better word, fire tornados.
I really ended up enjoying this book quite a lot. I only gave it 4 stars because it took a lot of time for me to become invested in the characters and plotline.