Review: Under the Never Sky (Under the Never Sky #1) by Veronica Rossi
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 a barbarian, 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.
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Here’s the thing, I didn’t like UNDER THE NEVER SKY at first. I’m not going to lie. I had to force myself to get through the first 90 or so pages. In fact, I was pretty close to giving up altogether, but all of the positive reviews made me push forward. And I’m glad that I did, because honestly? It would have been a terrible mistake to miss out on this book!
I didn’t care for the beginning. In fact, I felt as though it moved too fast – I never really connected with the characters. But when Perry finds Aria after she’s been left to die with the outsiders? All of that changes. I fell in love with both characters shortly after.
Their relationship isn’t smooth sailing. Perry blames Aria for Talon’s capture, and Aria is appalled by Perry. But in order to locate those that they love, they’ll need to work together and find a way to overcome their differences.
Rossi’s world building is fantastic. Aria’s world is built around technology. There is actually a piece at the end of the Enhanced E-Book in which Rossi describes how she developed the smarteye. Taking our obsession, and dependency, upon technology, Rossi manages to create a believable world. The stark contrast between Aria’s world and Perry’s world is amazing. While Aria is used to a life spent in the realms, Perry has lived his life in the real world: where the food supply is low and death lingers constantly.
And then there’s the romance! Aria and Perry’s relationship moves slowly, which I was beyond thrilled about. I’m not a big fan of insta-love, and I was worried that’s what we’d be getting in UNDER THE NEVER SKY. But it doesn’t work that way. It takes nearly 300 pages in order for Aria and Perry to express their feelings towards one another. And during that time, both Aria and Perry grow into strong characters you grow to love on their own. I think Aria may actually be one of my favorite characters created. The changes that she goes through, the courage that she manages to muster up, it’s honestly refreshing. She’s tough, caring, and relatable.
My final thoughts: There were so many plot twists throughout UNDER THE NEVER SKY, most of which I definitely did not see coming. Especially the one’s near the end of the story. I spent the last fifty or so pages on the edge of my seat, anxious to see what would happen next. If you’re looking for a thrilling dystopian read, I’d definitely suggest picking this one up.
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I would’ve posted this sooner, but my laptop decided to crash earlier. Yep. But now it’s up again, so I’m finally posting it! 🙂