Under the Never Sky by Veronica Rossi
Under the Never Sky #1
January 3, 2012 –HarperCollins
Young Adult, Fiction, Romance, Science Fiction/Fantasy
Source: Netgalley, HarperCollins
I was given a copy of this digital galley, free, in exchange for my honest opinion.
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.
This is a title that I’ve had for a while. In the beginning I was really excited about it, but in the end it got lost in the shuffle and bustle of obtaining and reading. I am so glad that I finally read this.
Aria has spent her entire life living in pods, protected from the outside and the real world. Peregrine has spent his entire living on the outside, surviving and thriving Aether storms, tribal issues as well as family issues. Circumstances bring them together. This is a journey that travels through the never sky, hearts and personal histories.
Aria and Perry don’t really get along with each other in the beginning. They are from two cultures whose very design keeps them separated. They learn that something isn’t right and everything that they thought they knew about Aria may not be true. They also discover a lot about themselves. Aria grows stronger and surprises even me. Perry proves not to be as rough as he appears. Rossi does a great job introducing both the world of the realms and the world under the aether filled sky and drawing the reader in.
It is hard not to start caring about characters that you barely even know, simply because they are so cared for by others. I found it relatively easy to see the world through Aria and Peregrine’s eyes. The transformation of Aria and Perry is both personal and practical. Along their journey, you meet a whole cast of characters. It turns out (at least for now) that there are more good guys than bad guys. Of course there’s a forbidden romance, And, of course I suspect that they will face a lot of obstacles but still end up together. I didn’t expect to, but I really liked the ending. I wouldn’t consider it a cliff hanger, but not every question was answered. Not every doubt was quieted. It was quite hopeful.
4 Stars ****