Author: Veronica Rossi
Publisher: Harper, 374 Pages (January 3rd, 2012)
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Synopsis: 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.
Review: 5 Stars - Under the Never Sky by Veronica Rossi is a thrilling, brilliantly written story with characters I became engrossed and invested in.
This is hands down one of the best books I’ve read this year! Once I started reading, I couldn’t turn the pages fast enough to keep up with the pace of Rossi’s writing. I loved the landscape, I loved the characters and I loved how easily it was to get lost in the story. When it happens while reading, it’s one of the best feelings ever.
Inside the dome the city of Reverie life is simple in the fact that no one does anything exciting or worthwhile. They do everything that would be considered to be fun or living… virtually. Want to go hunting in a forest, simply create the world virtually and using an implanted eye piece you’re there. Think it, imagine it and you can do it.
I loved the twists, big and small, the harsh world that forced our main female character Aria to grow and change to survive in the wild. I loved her strength she found as she helped Perry search for what was taken.
Aria had what she thought was the perfect life. Inside, away from the deadly Aether storms and away from the cruel and deadly savages that live in the dangerous world outside. In a society that lives most of their lives in a virtual world, being exiled is one of the worst things that could happen to a girl. Sadly, Aria finds herself in some trouble and finds herself alone and scared in the last place she’d ever want to end up. Outside, in the place they call “The Death Shop”.
Perry has a mind of his own and his brother, the ruler of their clan has other ideas in mind for Perry and his people. Perry knows it’s just a matter of time before things have to change, and when news of his betrayal reach his brother and their clan he’s forced to leave and do anything it takes to get back the one thing that was taken.
Aria and Perry are two totally different people from one another. When the two meet, they must learn to help each other survive if they are going to help Aria find her mother and Perry find what was taken from him.
The two are fantastically written characters and the budding romance isn’t instant. Their rocky relationship is built over time, learning and trust that must t be fought for and earned rather than given. They both come from two totally different worlds, with only the bias from each clan to teach them of the other. This leads to a great prejudice between them that is great to see eventually broken down.
I seriously loved both of these characters! The writing is so amazing that you can’t help but be absorbed into the pages and immersed into the world. The story and the characters stick with you and once you start reading, you won’t be able to put the book down. I found hours lost when reading, and those hours felt like the blink of an eye, it’s just THAT good.
All in all, I can’t say enough praise for the author and all she’s created in this first installment in this new series. I’ll be waiting what’ll feel like forever until the next book comes out. I’ll be thinking about this book for a long time to come and I think you will to. If you haven’t read this one, the only thing you’ll be sorry for is asking yourself why you waited so long to pick this one up.
FTC Disclaimer: I did NOT pay for this book, nor have I been compensated at all in any way or means for reading and writing this HONEST review.