Mar 4, 2015

My Review - Under the Never Sky (Under the Never Sky #1) by Veronica Rossi

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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.

My Review
Under the Never Sky, Veronica Rossi builds a thrilling and terrifying dystopian world. It is action-packed and will leave you breathless from the start. I find myself enjoying the reading, It is written very fluently and I do think that it is strong enough to appeal to both teen and adult readers.

The main characters are two unlikely teens. Aria, a Dweller who is framed and exiled to the Death Shop for a terrible crime while trying to reach her mother, and Perry(Peregrine), an Outsider with 2 genetic special talents who is in search for his kidnapped nephew while feeling the call of leadership of the Blood Lord.

Aria is a teenager and a Dweller. She lives in a Government controlled state of Reverie. Reverie is best described as a technology obsessed place where everyone wears these devices called Smarteyes, which allows them to access a virtual reality where anything and everything happens. They can mentally change their scenes, clothes, appearance, meet up with people, message each other and so on. In the beginning, I did not like her. She has been privileged and pampered her whole life; she has never wanted for anything. Inside the dome, she has everything she could ever want. With the impressive technology available to her, she can travel to virtual realms that seem real in every way; touch, taste, smell – there’s an almost infinite amount of virtual reality worlds where she can visit with just a thought, sending a sliver of herself somewhere else whenever the mood strikes her.

A series of events lead to wrongly conviction of Aria. Counselor Hess in purpose of protecting his son Soren, decided alone that Aria breached the rules and endanger all their pod, so he banished her out of Reverie. The hover drops her off at the place only known as The Death Pit, where people before her have been left to die. Aria has never suffered from a lack of food or water, and she has never been in mortal danger, conditions that Perry has to live with every day. They strucked a deal - Perry will help her find her missing mother in exchange for her Smarteye and she will help him to free his kidnapped nephew. Talon.

Their first encounter outside of the dome is not pleasant. Aria is not pleasant. Aria has a smug, elitist attitude that made me want to smack her. Perry saves her life a number of times, but can Aria even utter the words “thank you” to him? Nope, instead she berates him and calls him a savage.

But the circumstances force them to work together to accomplish their goals. The metamorphosis of their disgust and mistrust to love is a beautiful thing to watch unfold. Halfway through the book, I realized something – she had changed. I liked her new image! She stated to accepted her faults, and she weighed her behavior and her attitude towards the Outside and she found her view of Perry had changed too. She find how noble he was and brave and that how much words meant to him.

Perry as ("tempers") person would be difficult for any woman to live with, because he can actually smell emotions, which call "scire"(through it if you lied or tell him the true). His other talent is amazing night vision ("seer"). His range as a scire is huge, he can smell happiness and joy, as well as sorrow and hurt. He can smell the untruths that hide behind words. When Aria, asked him how it felt for him he explain it in means of smells, colors, and many nature images. This was amazing and Rossi sets this in is so vivid and skillfully written that it makes the story that much more believable.

The story is written from the third person perspectives of Aria and Perry) and the chapters alternate between their views on what is happening.

There are a lot of the terms to absorb, like Aether storms, outsiders, dwellers, the Tide, scires, audiles, Smarteye...But don't worry the book will explain to the reader while the plot is keep going on.... so you don't have to feel confused. Also, aside from the two main characters, there were also some pretty great others like Roar. He was awesome. I loved it when he and Perry interacted together. So funny at times. I do hope Roar finds Liv.
Cinder was another character that we meet through Aria's journey via Roar. Cinder definitely was the most intriguing and I would love to find out more about him.

I can't spoil your future reading by telling how many other beautiful things and surprises will wait for you. But one thing I can tell you now, Aria name is not just a simple name.... she really has a great unique talent for singing. Aria’s is genetically engineered by her mother: she’s an amazing falcon soprano. Her range is so incredible that the Audils in the book which usually has to filter the sounds they hear can enjoy her more then any average person. (and the only clue that I can give here that this unique talent is connected to other surprising discovers.

Author bio

Veronica 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.

Her work is represented by Josh Adams of Adams Literary.

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