Under the Never Sky by Veronica Rossi
Release Date: January 3rd 2012
Publisher Australia: Murdoch Books. America: Harper Collins
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My Rating: 4/5 stars
From Goodreads: "Aria has lived her whole life in the protected dome of Reverie. Her entire world confined to its spaces, she's never thought to dream of what lies beyond its doors. So when her mother goes missing, Aria knows her chances of surviving in the outer wasteland long enough to find her are slim.
Then Aria meets an outsider named Perry. He's searching for someone too. He's also wild - a savage - but might be her best hope at staying alive.
If they can survive, they are each other's best hope for finding answers."
One of my blogging friends Taneika @ Flipping Through the Pages recently read Under the Never Sky and said it was that good I should read it ASAP. So that's what I did, right before my book buying ban began I went to the shops and picked it up.
Now this cover I think is stunning, I love it. It isn't so obvious in the picture but the title font has the sky and stars in it, so pretty.
Onto the actual content! Under the Never Sky follows the story of Aria. A girl who has lived a very sheltered life. Of course she isn't the only one. Everyone who grew up in the Reverie has had a sheltered life. The Reverie is their home, a structure that allows them to be anywhere they want in the blink of an eye. I know what your thinking, teleportation??! No. They all have eye pieces that allow them to see where they want to be without them leaving the place they are already in. Technology in the Reverie is beyond anything I could imagine. That is what makes the contrast to outside so much greater. Aria goes on a search for her mother, who she hasn't been in contact with for quite some time. She turns towards a boy who could give her answers. However her plan backfires and she ends up getting thrown out of the Reverie and dropped in the outside world. This is where Aria's story truly begins.
She is afraid and alone. Aria has heard all the stories of the outside world. In the air of this so called wasteland those living in the Reverie are supposedly unable to survive. Then there are the savages. The story's about the savages are enough to make you squirm in your seat. Aria herself comes across a savage and not for the first time. His name is Perry and he has already saved her life once but now he needs her to bargain with.
You can guess what happens along the way. Perry is originally obnoxious and rude to Aria who is afraid for her life. They form an unlikely pair to bring back Perry's nephew who has been kidnapped by those of the Reverie and to find out what happened to Aria's mother. Along the way Perry warms up to Aria and Aria warms up to Perry.
I really liked Aria as a character, not caring what happened to her she had to find her mother. When everything started to go down hill and she gets attacked, I was upset for her. Especially when she gets exiled, though I can honestly say it was the best thing that happened to her! Aria isn't a complainer even though she thinks she is dying. She manages to trudge on with massive cuts on her feet, which I give her props for. I would be complaining left right and centre, there is no way I would be walking all day with cut open feet!
I wasn't to fond of Perry in the beginning, he was horrible to Aria when she was obviously afraid and lonely. I think a lot of his anger towards the kidnappers was taken out on her. But as the story developed I found that Perry had a big heart. He loves his nephew and would do anything to him. He is very loyal to his family and his tribe. Try as he must he can't keep his feelings for Aria at bay, especially when he can sense her feelings towards him. He can't sense her feelings in the 'oh I think she likes me' kind of way, in the he actually knows what she's feeling kind of way. Many of the outsiders have gifts, and that is Perry's.
Overall Veronica Rossi has created a great book in a new series. Her writing style pulled me in from the start, as did the story line. I know I say this often, but that is the life of a book lover: I can't wait for the second instalment! With many twists and turns along the way, the second book is bound to be great!
Have you read it? What did you think?