Review: Under the Never Sky by Veronica Rossi

UTNSTitle: Under the Never Sky (#1)

Author: Veronica Rossi

Edition: Print Edition, 374 Pages

Publisher: HarperCollins

Published Date: February 7, 2012

My Rating: 4parachutes

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From Goodreads:

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.

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Date Read: January 1, 2013

My Review:

I didn’t expect to like this one as much as I did. And while I feel like I say that a lot, I went into this one with a little more caution than I usually do when reading something that is generally well liked. Under the Never Sky started off with a BANG! or rather I guess I should say a “sizzling hot mess.” I am not necessarily a fan of books that take too long to elaborate the opening scene.  As far as I am concerned, the author can build the world they have created as the story builds. Rossi did a great job of building the world, while the plot thickened, which is exactly what I look for.

The pacing was done very well. The character’s romance, while IMO was still built up a little too quickly for my tastes was not love at first sight, so there was that.

When we first meet Perry, I wasn’t too keen on him. Yeah I get we aren’t all going to love the love-interests right away, but I couldn’t stop thinking Perry needs a good scrubbing. I had this same thought while I watched Aragorn’s scenes from the Lord of the Rings trilogy in theaters. It’s not Rossi’s fault I don’t care for the dirt-under-their-fingernails, unkempt hair look, all of this is an “it’s not her, it’s me” moment.

I didn’t keep on disliking Perry, those honors go to Aria. In fact, these characters more or less took turns being on my annoyed list; though neither character stayed on this list very long. I have found the more I read YA the more frustrated I get by the heroines that litter these novels. Though Aria was less annoying than most and actually I ended up growing rather fond of her by book’s end.

The secondary and tertiary characters each played their own individual roles and were not just plot devices, sure their stories will most likely come up and create further drama as the trilogy progresses, but they weren’t there just to move the plot along. I cared about these characters, which I think is important in any book.

Some of my favorite things about Under the Never Sky were how Rossi interwove things like violets, music/audio, and the falcon so seamlessly that I wasn’t usurped by their sudden presence.

Ultimately, I was thoroughly satisfied with this dystopian and look forward to its sequel Through the Ever Night.

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