Title: Under the Never Sky (Under the Never Sky #1)
Author: Veronica Rossi
Format: Hardback ( HarperCollins | Borrowed)
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.
The whole Aether storm/ sky part just makes this book so much better. After reading I don’t know how many dystopia books, I kind of felt that this one stood out. Or I could be because I’m starting to appreciate dystopian books. I really liked how the plot went and with the alternating character’s POV, I got to know more about mainly Perry and Aria instead of just what Aria thought and her perceptions. There was friction between them at first when Perry decided to help Aria. Aria’s the one doing most of the talking and Perry seems annoyed that she kept yakking despite having a long way ahead of them. I found that few chapters really funny. And when Roar came into the picture, their relationship got better and with Roar in it, it sort of indirectly showed us Perry’s life before Aria came in. Overall, great plot and it kept me sitting still and made me want to read more. Such a page-turner.
OMG I cant ask for better characters, each have their own personality and they seem like actual living people. I really felt for the characters especially Aria, Perry and Roar. I love Aria. She’s independent and she puts others before her. She grew from someone who had prejudice against Perry and his kind to someone who saw the whole clear picture that she’s actually no different from Perry and Roar. As for Perry, he’s a family / tribe oriented guy and even though Talon being kidnapped by the Dwellers was Vale’s fault he still felt that he was partly responsible for it. That makes Aria and him so alike. They both put others before themselves.
I don’t have problems with Veronica Rossi’s writing style. It was such a breeze to read. I prefer clear cut sentences to poetic ones. I felt that sometimes things need not to be complicated to make it stand out. The clear cut sentences, allowed me to breeze through the pages and I seldom have to read twice or thrice to get the meaning behind the sentences and that’s another reason why reading this book is so enjoyable.