Under the Never Sky by Veronica RossiMonday, September 10, 2012
Author : Veronica Rossi
Genre : Dystopian
Published Date : January 3rd 2012
Publisher : HarperCollins
Pages : 376
Source : BoughtRating : ✿✿✿✿✿
From Goodreads :
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.
What hooked me into reading this book was mostly because its striking cover. It was simple yet eye-catching, gorgeous yet not too over. And when I decided to read this a a few days ago, I had literally stayed up all night reading.
As a Pod inhabitants who never saw fire and any other dangerous thing, Aria was thrilled when she and her friend snuck out to a damaged area of the Pod and saw things they had never seen before.
Jungle, earth, and fire.
But when the thrill soon turn into a disaster, Aria’s friends died one by one, until it was just her and Soren, the son of the Pod Director. Trying to keep his name flawless, the Director banished Aria to the outside world and claimed her dead.
And when she met Peregrine, the Outsider who might as well be her last chance of surviving, there was no other option but to trust each other-even reluctantly.
The plot was basically quite great, although it’s very dystopian-typical plot, with a strange weather, barren land, destroyed civilization, and all. I love how Ms. Rossi pictured the Pod as a dull, gray place which was made lively by a Smarteye. The Outsiders culture was, I thought, very well-made, very believable.
I also love how our main character, Aria, was not a whiny girl who complained about everything. She tried to stay strong when her body was injured everywhere, and trained how to fight in order to be helpful.The thing that drew me most to her was her attachment to her previous life and how she saw the outside world and compared it to her Pod. I could totally feel the raw emotion, and I think it help the reader to sympathize with Aria.And then there was Perry, our main hero, and Aria’s love interest. He began as a ferocious Outsider, but he grew nicer as he knew Aria deeper. I totally love reading about his inner struggle, how he wanted the best for his people yet unable to do it.
One thing I’m not quite fond of was how Aria’s and Perry’s relationship took quite an abrupt turn from despising and hating and fearing each other suddenly turned into an all lovey-dovey. I mean, I get it when Aria started to fall for him, but I think there wasn't enough strong scene to make the turn believable.
Overall, I really love the world-building of this book, and the well-made culture, and the character. For you who love dystopian, this book is totally worth the try.