Under the Never Sky

I’ve always wanted to start this series when it first came out but for some reason I never picked it up. I have a copy of this since 2012 which I got from the NBS Warehouse Sale. It’s just recently that I decided to read YA again and start a couple of new series. This is one of the first I thought of.

Type HerUnder the Never Sky by Veronica Rossi Under the Never Sky, #1 Paperback, HarperCollins, 376 pages YA Science Fiction, Dystopia Read from January 27 to 31, 2014

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 energy storms will. 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 come together to survive. Their unlikely alliance forges a bond that will determine the fate of all who live under the never sky.

Like in all Scifi-Dystopian books I read, the first few chapters of UtNS are very confusing. I don’t understand half the world they’re in. Everything they say is so foreign but once I got the hang of it, reading it is such a bliss I want to get my hands on the next book—asap. It took me so long to start it but it didn’t take that long for me to love it.

I’m not really a fan of dystopian books. I like reading some of them specially those that my bookish friends recommend. Maria and Janus convinced me to start reading this series last TFG’s Christmas party (I need that because I really, really, really hate dystopia series that has so much hype and potential but ends up in the most unimaginable epic ending you can think of) [1] and they were right, Rossi knows how to weave a believable story in a (maybe) not so distant unbelievable future.

Aria is a heroine I didn’t expect to like. I find her whinny at the beginning though I understand that everything she sees in the outside of Reverie is new to her. She’s not a character that starts of strong and fearless. She grew up in an enclosed world where everything is possible but not real. It’s a world where outside stimuli are absent so when she was exiled from that cocoon, her world was turned upside down. She might had difficulties at first which is expected when you are thrown out in a world you aren’t familiar with but she was able to cope up and learn how to be her own person in her journey with Perry.

Perry’s character is the opposite of Aria. He’s dangerous. He’s “savage”. He’s fierce. And he’s hot (not the bad-boy-type-hot but the dangerous-tribe-lord-hot). [2] He’s a mysterious character that we slowly get to know as the story progress. He has his flaws but that draws you more into his character.  Perry had a tough life and that made him endearing because he used that to his advantage and we see a man that is brave and afraid of what the future will bring.

Two other characters worth mentioning from the book are Roar and Cinder. They’re two opposing characters that have their own stories to tell. I’m not sure if they have spin offs (the point fives maybe) but they’re one of the characters you’d look forward too in the next books.

I also liked that the Outsiders went back in how the world lived when civilization is just starting. It’s simple. It’s risky. It’s a daily struggle for survival. They are aware that the Dwellers live differently from them. They have advance weaponry, medications, facilities and all futuristic things you can think of. It’s a mix of old and new and they blend together. There is a part you easily understand and there is this part that you have to consciously make an effort to understand.

I usually steer clear from scifi because I always have difficulty wrapping my head with the setting but this book is one of those few that made me continue (even if I’m struggling with the world building). If you love discovering new things, pick this up. You won’t regret it.

Amazing: I’m mesmerized.

Amazing: I’m mesmerized.

[1] Translation: Epic Fail Ending. I’m sure you have an idea of what trilogy I’m talking about. [2] Fangirling. But he is hot, right? Right? Other Reviews: Miss Dreamy Marie Reading after Midnight Me 24×7

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Book # 9 of 2014
*****
Blurb and Book Cover: Goodreads
Book Copy: Owned

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