Series: Under the Never Sky #1
Published by: HarperTeen on January 3, 2012
Genre: Dystopian, Post Apocalyptic, Romance, Science Fiction, Young Adult
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Aria is a teenager in the enclosed city of Reverie. Like all Dwellers, she spends her time with friends in virtual environments, called Realms, accessed through an eyepiece called a Smarteye. Aria enjoys the Realms and the easy life in Reverie. When she is forced out of the pod for a crime she did not commit, she believes her death is imminent. The outside world is known as The Death Shop, with danger in every direction.
As an Outsider, Perry has always known hunger, vicious predators, and violent energy storms from the swirling electrified atmosphere called the Aether. A bit of an outcast even among his hunting tribe, Perry withstands these daily tests with his exceptional abilities, as he is gifted with powerful senses that enable him to scent danger, food and even human emotions.
They come together reluctantly, for Aria must depend on Perry, whom she considers abarbarian, to help her get back to Reverie, while Perry needs Aria to help unravel the mystery of his beloved nephew's abduction by the Dwellers. Together they embark on a journey challenged as much by their prejudices as by encounters with cannibals and wolves. But to their surprise, Aria and Perry forge an unlikely love—one that will forever change the fate of all who live UNDER THE NEVER SKY
The first book in a captivating trilogy, Veronica Rossi's enthralling debut sweeps you into an unforgettable adventure.
Man, this is a tough one for me to review. This is one of those books that EVERYONE LOVES THE PANTS OFF OF… except for me. I didn’t hate Under the Never Sky, but I didn’t love it; for me it was just okay.
The beginning of this book was kind of tough. We’re really thrown into the midst of things. We have Realms, Smarteyes, Outsiders, the Aether, Dwellers, Scire, and more. Wait.. what? Exactly. The lack of explanations was tough at first, but as the book progresses I slowly started to pick up on the meanings of each of those things. I think the knowledge being held back was half frustrating and half an interesting way to read. I’m the kind of person who loves details and explanations, so having to piece bits together along the way was a new challenge.
Overall, Under the Never Sky had a very interesting story. There are so many cool sides to it: virtual realities, environmental problems, mutations, science, and corrupt governments. I really liked how all the different elements came together. It kind of felt like an interesting combination. On the one side we have crazy technology, programming, and virtual realities. But on the other side we have very primal tribes. It was done in a great way and didn’t feel like a cliché scientists vs. natives plot; it was different.
I think my main reason for giving this book only three stars is that I was missing any kind of big attachment to the book. I was never super excited, the book was not un-put-down-able, I wasn’t ripping through the pages, and ultimately I just didn’t care that much. The story was cool and interesting, but I wasn’t hooked, I wasn’t addicted, and I wasn’t dying to find out what would happen next. I kind of feel like Under the Never Sky suffered from too much telling; I never saw or felt the emotions—I was just told they were there. As a result, I didn’t get that invested in the characters or the story.
But despite those problems, there was one thing I did really LOVE about the book: the romance. The romance in this book is awesome! Honestly, it doesn’t play that big of a role in the book. The romance is only existent for maybe 10-15% of the story. It was kind of quick and fleeting. The build up was there (and it was good—no insta-love!), but we didn’t have that much time to actually enjoy the romance once it set in. But that short percentage of the story was by far my favourite. The romance is incredibly sweet, conflicting, and for the first time during the book, I actually smiled. That fleeting bit of romance was the only time I actually physically showed emotion while reading the book.
“Perry brushed a kiss on her cheek while she was chewing, and she learned that it was the loveliest thing to be kissed for no reason, even while chewing food. It brightened the woods, and the never sky, and everything.” Under the Never Sky, Page 326
As you can see from my graph, I wasn’t crazy about the ending. The romance reached its high point, then it kind of dropped off. I can’t really say too much to avoid spoilers, but the whole thing felt oddly rushed, and I didn’t like how Aria and Perry ended up in different places.
Given all the hype surrounding Under the Never Sky, I am disappointed that I didn’t enjoy it more. I will definitely be continuing the series since it intrigued me enough, but it still wasn’t as good as I was hoping! I wanted something that would really suck me in and have me reading through the night, but Under the Never Sky didn’t do that for me.