Wednesday, January 4, 2012

Under The Never Sky by Veronica Rossi

Under The Never Sky by Veronica Rossi.
Publisher: HarperCollins.
Pages: 400.
Source: Giveaway.

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.

It's always a weird experience to get fifty pages into a book and say "I'm just not feeling this. I doubt I'll finish," but finish it anyway and end up LOVING it. This is what happened with me and Under The Never Sky. Our relationship started off a bit rocky, but by the end I had the overwhelming urge to hug the book with glee.

I was so terribly confused for the first few chapters. Even though I was excited that the story opened so thrillingly, terms and slangs were being thrown at me in every paragraph with minimal explanation of what they were and what they meant. I had to consult with Twitter friends who encouraged me to keep going and THANK GOODNESS I DID. After you get past the first few chapters and the terms/slangs start to become familiar (though I still ended the book a bit unclear on a few things) the story skyrockets into this fantastical world. And for me, everything went uphill from that point on.

There's no instalove in this book. There's not even instalike or instatolerance. Aria and Perry are from two completely different worlds and they both sort of disgust each other in the beginning and I LOVED that. Every chapter, every paragraph, their walls and prejudices and defenses crumble right before our eyes. Their journey - to prove Aria's innocence and to save Perry's nephew - has all of the elements I love in a good fantasy: adventure, forests, action, tension, romance, villains and so much more.

Overall, Under The Never Sky is a imaginative, stunning debut that dips a toe into both fantasy and dystopia, two of my favorite genres. Despite my extreme confusion in the first few chapters, I ended this book very satisfied and exhilarated from the ride. If you're a fan of fantasy or dystopia, or both, I highly recommend this book!

Other reviews for Under The Never Sky:
Read. Breathe. Relax.
The Book Cellar.
A Musing Reviews.
Spades High Reads.


  1. I hate books that start off confusing. Most become a DNF for me, hoping I can keep reading this one when I start cause it does sound promising.

  2. I really want to read this one. It takes my library forever to get these books in and processed, so I am probably looking at reading it in February. Your review is helping me get even more excited to read it.

  3. I just started this book last night, but didn't get very far. I can't wait to read more!

  4. Glad you ended up liking this one! Not liking a book at first happens to me quite a lot, but you've got to keep pushing on. That's one reason why I NEVER leave a book unfinished! Great review.

  5. Yay for no insta-love!!!!

    I've heard similar things about this book, that the beginning is rough, but worth working through. The concept sounds so interesting though, and I'm really looking forward to reading this one.


  6. The Smarteye part of it reminded me a lot of Surrogates and the gaming worlds in Gamer. The concept of doing everything virtually so there's no risk involved is vastly similar. These were the parts I found most intriguing.

  7. I'm so excited to read this book! I really like dual narration, and Perry sounds like an awesome character! That quote you posted is amazing too - great review, thanks! :)

    Marlene Detierro (CashFund)