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Sunday 17 March 2013

Review: Under the Never Sky by Veronica Rossi

Author: Veronica Rossi
Publisher: HarperCollins
Page Count: 374 pages, Hardcover
Date Published: January 3rd 2012
Find it on Goodreads: Under the Never Sky
Source: Purchased



Aria has lived her whole life in the protected dome of Reverie. Her entire world confined to its spaces, she's never thought to dream of what lies beyond its doors. So when her mother goes missing, Aria knows her chances of surviving in the outer wasteland long enough to find her are slim.

Then Aria meets an outsider named Perry. He's searching for someone too. He's also wild - a savage - but might be her best hope at staying alive.

If they can survive, they are each other's best hope for finding answers.

Wow.... This book was incredible. I don't understand how I had it on my shelf for SO long and only just picked it up. Veronica Rossi is an incredibly talented author and her debut is spectacular.

When I read dystopian novels, I crave adventure. After the last dystopian book I read contained hardly any action at all, Under the Never Sky made up for it, 110%. This book was filled with a thrilling, unforgettable adventure that I couldn't get enough of. While the beginning sort of lost me for a while, as soon as Aria encounters Perry for the first time, and when she's exiled from Reverie, I was hooked. I read this book so fast.... I couldn't put it down! I fell in love with the unique world Rossi has created and never wanted the story to end. While the world-building was lacking a bit, when it comes to knowing  this world's history, I found the setting to be strong and easy to visualize. I was never lost or confused as to where Perry and Aria were and I'm so glad that was the case.

I adored the characters in this novel. The book alternates POV's every chapter, except in the very beginning, going from Aria to Perry. The switching back and forth was very well done, with both of our main characters having very distinct voices. I never didn't know who's head I was in! I loved Aria in the end, but at the beginning of the novel she bothered me a bit, because of how naive she was to the outside, though I did understand the lies that she was fed her entire life. Aria's growth and the way she reacted to the outside was incredibly amusing at times and I have to say, the part where Perry senses that she's having her first 'TOM' was very funny! SPEAKING OF PERRY. I loved him! He was by far my favourite character. He was both strong and vulnerable and I loved reading from his POV because he was such a GUY! I love reading books with male protagonists!

Under the Never Sky was an amazing debut and I'm so excited to see where Rossi takes the rest of her story. I can't wait to see what happens with Aria, Perry, Roar, Marron, and all the rest of the characters! If you've read Under the Never Sky I'd love to know what you thought!

Happy reading!

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  1. YES TO ALL THE THRILLING ADVENTURES!! The entire time I was reading this, so many questions ran through my head-- What happened to Aria's mother? Will Perry find his nephew? OH NO THE CANNIBALS ARE HERE!! I loved and enjoyed every moment of Perry and Aria's story, and you've described just that feeling in your review :D

    Alciia @ Book a World

  2. I have been putting this one off myself, I will have to push it up higher in the TBR pile. Not only do I like the visuals of your blog, but I also love your taste in books. I look forward to reading posts from you in the future!


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