‘Under the Never Sky‘
by Veronica Rossi
Under the Never Sky # 1.
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. (Source: Goodreads.com)
My thoughts about the book:
Unfortunately I’ve only borrowed this book by a friend of mine and I left it a long time aside, because I simply had too many other books to read and now I’m glad, that finally I’ve read it and I ask myself why I’ve waited so long for it. The reason was likely also that I didn’t want to read a dystopia again, but for me this book wasn’t like all the other dystopias, where a system rules and the protagonist must notice it, before he/ she stands against it, but here the main character was exiled at the beginning and then she was transferred to a completely other world which is more likely to the fantasy-genre than to the dystopian, what was very various and refreshing.
It was again definitive a book which I love and didn’t want to put aside any more and where I’ve checked constantly the side number to see how long I can still read, for the only reason, because I didn’t want it to end.
As usual in a dystopia, there was at first a lot of information and open questions, before the world was completely explained and we got to know where the story plays and what it is about. The idea of the author that the world lies in ruins because of this‚ Aether Storms‘ and that the people have built so-called ‘Domes’ to shelter them, was original for me and also the twits which have arisen. Also I liked the confrontation of this futuristic world in the artificially built biosphere and by contrast the world outdoors, in the outer wasteland or so-called ‘death zone’ in which were ‚millions possibilities to die‘.
In this unreal world Aria is exiled, after she falsely gets blamed to put up a fire in which three youngsters get killed. The destiny wants that she meets Perry, who was born in this outside world and is called an ‘outsider’ or ‘barbarian’ by the ‚dweller’, like Aria is one. They enter an alliance to help each other although Aria has a dreadful fear against this ‚savage‘, whose name is Perry and he also isn’t thrilled by her at all.
I think the history is really great, original and I could imagine everything very well, by the pictorial and nice description by Rossi. If I didn’t already love the characters and the plot so much, than her writing style would have been a highlight, but because I also find the rest first-class, the writing style of Rossi is just an additional brilliant ‘dot on the i’. Rossi’s language is fluid, good to read and nicely formulated without to overload it and in my opinion the perfect mixture for a great reading pleasure.
I could take the characters very fast in my heart, especially because of the inner strength of Aria and her power of endurance, although she actually has lost basically everything. However she doesn’t cry or whine, but she clenches her teeth and keeps going … step after the other. For me this is really refreshing for a female main character and you can also notice with every page, how much the author loves her character. What leads to the fact that one likes her as fast, but also let Aria grows too fast and become strong in a short time and thereby she also seems a little unrealistically perfect.
Her male counterpart Perry isn’t less interesting, like attractive and a character in which one can lose oneself. Therefore I’ve liked it very much that the author has written alternately from Arias or from Perry’s point of view to get to know also his thoughts and feelings. A highlight was the friendship and later the love story of them both, particularly because the author gave them time to let everything develop slowly and that appeared very authentic and I really liked it extremely much.
Though it is a YA book, it also happened in it more than just the typical ‘holding-hands‘ scenario, although it is only indicated by the author and it doesn’t disturb me, even if the book is already rated for the age of 14. Nowadays the youth is much more premature anyway than when we were at that age and hence it doesn’t disturb me, even if others see that different.
Therefore it’s appropriate for youngsters and for adults as well. And I also liked that there was an accurate end but which leaves a few things open for the next part, but not in such a way that one is tormented if one must wait for some time till the next book will be release. *great*
Really great from the picture till to the ornaments, only unfortunately the girl could have had dark hair, instead of blonde – then it would have been perfect.
All in all:
This dystopia has more to offer then others and is also proper for fantasy-fans and for adults, as well as for youngsters. Moreover it’s a beautiful and varied story with strong characters.
5 of 5 points
definitely to BUY!!!
For Fans of:
Dystopia, Fantasy, YA, Lovestory
Aria: “She absorbed the terror and beauty of him and his world. Of every moment over the past days. All of it, filling her up like the first breath she’d ever taken. And never had she loved life more.”
Perry: “She’d fallen into a deep silence once, when the sun appeared, and it was then he’d wondered most what she was thinking.”
Aria: “In the sounds of the night Aria heard footsteps, far off and faint, but she recognized them instantly.
She shot into the darkness, letting her ears guide her. She followed the crunch of his feet on stones and small twigs, coming faster, louder, as his walk became a jog, then a run. She chased the sounds until all she heard was his heartbeat and then his breath and his voice, right by her ear, telling her, in tones as warm as fire, exactly the words she wanted to hear.”
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About the author – Veronica Rossi:
VERONICA ROSSI was born in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Growing up, she lived in several countries and cities around the world, finally settling in Northern California with her husband and two sons. She completed undergraduate studies at UCLA and then went on to study fine art at the California College of the Arts in San Francisco. When not writing or painting, she chases after her boys, who make her laugh every day, and who teach her about love that’s a million gazillion times bigger than the ocean. UNDER THE NEVER SKY is her first novel.
Foreign rights have sold in over twenty-five territories to date and film rights have been optioned by Warner Bros.
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