Official Stuff –
Author – Veronica Rossi
Pages – 374
Publisher – HarperCollins
Series – Under the Never Sky
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.
Since I’ve been so busy with real life my friend Ashley has written a guest review! Everyone give her a warm welcome!
Ashley’s Rating – 3 Stars
Before we begin I should probably mention that I once said “Please don’t led me read another post-apocalyptic dystopian/utopian teen romance book as long as I live”. I stuck with this statement for a few months and, in my defense, I’ve read a lot of these books. So, I surprised myself with picking up (downloading via the library) Under the Never Sky by Veronica Rossi.
UtNS starts with Aria and her “friends” sneaking into an abandoned pod in their compound. Her friends think it’s just for kicks, but Aria is trying to find out information about her mother from one of the boys. Well, as you can imagine, all hell breaks loose in the form of a fire which none of these kids have ever experienced living on the on “inside” and Aria comes in contact with an Outsider. He saves her life, but tragedy strikes. After an “investigation” Aria is told she’s being transported to her mother, but is actually dropped off on the outside to die.
There she comes into contact with Peregrine (yes, that’s really his name), who happens to be the Outsider that saved her from fire. They clash instantly. He’s from the outside and she’s a Dweller (he’s also a Scire and can sense her’s, and everyone else’s, feelings). As much as they loathe each other, they decide to help each other. Perry’s nephew has been kidnapped by Dwellers and Aria wants to find her mother, who is a researcher in their compound, so she figures her mother will be able to help.
Their journey is as much a physical one as it is emotional, and their relationship isn’t something that happens quickly. Perry can sense Aria’s distrust, not to mention her disgust of him, but he also knows that she’s curious about him. He also doesn’t tell Aria that he’s a Scire which severely pisses her off and embarrasses her later on, which is kind of funny.
What I loved about this story was that it wasn’t an easy transition for the two of them. They are from two completely different worlds. Aria comes from a places where technology rules, where they wear SmartEyes and basically live in virtual reality. Perry is from the real world. The real world is dirty and gross and dangerous. Aether storms threaten them daily, tribes clash and hunt each other, and your next meal isn’t always guaranteed. By the end of the book you can see how much Aria has grown from spoiled Dweller brat to Perry’s partner. You can tell the respect they’ve gained for each other. Perry isn’t always trying to protect Aria and she doesn’t seethe with jealousy any time someone tries to talk to him. (Did I mention Perry is hot? Because of course he is.)
It’s a pretty cool story. Though the beginning started out slow for me, I’m glad I pushed through. There are parts that will probably break your heart, some characters you will fall in love with (Roar) and others you will absolutely hate. All in all, I’m glad I didn’t actually swear off these types of stories. Also? There other two books are just as good.