Under the Never Sky by Veronica Rossi
Publisher/Year: HarperCollins January 3rd 2012
Genre: YA Dystopian and a little sci-fi
Series: YES, and a totally hot one at that
Other Books From Author: No
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.
She looked up. “A world of nevers under a never sky.”
Aria is a Dweller who lives in the Reverie, where everyone lives in safe, virtual realms.
Perry is a Savage, who lives on the Outside, where people fall back into the most primitive way of living.
After being thrown out of Reverie for a crime she didn’t commit, Aria finds herself in The Death Shop on the Outside without any trace of her Mother. Meanwhile, Perry leaves his tribe in search for his nephew, who was kidnapped by the Dwellers. They need each other’s help in order to save a person they love, but will two people that cannot be more different, put aside their differences?
From holding each other at knife-point to fighting cannibals alongside, Under the Never Sky has one of the best love stories I’ve had the joy of discovering. Because she’s a Dweller, Perry hated her; Because he’s a Savage, Aria feared him; But you know, that’s always how love blossoms. It was the kind of sweet, awkward and conflicting that began with prejudice and fear and animosity, which morphs into a beautiful creation of mutual respect, trust, and strength. The entire time felt like a magician’s cloth– slowly, slowly lifted as you wait with bated breaths, till the final jerk unveiled the treasure beneath. Swoon.
And Roar, oh Roar. He should be crowned King of Stand-out Characters or something. Roar noticed the initial tension between his best friend, Perry, and Aria, so being the charming flirt that he is, Roar set out making things right with his own suave ways. There were moments which reminded me vividly of the well-planned-jealousy-payback in TV drama haha!
Admittedly, the first pages were tough. Rossi plunges us right into Aria’s world with few explanations. We have Realms, Smarteyes, Outsiders, Aether, Dwellers, Scire, and… wait what?! But once you get the hang of things, there’s no way you can resist the pure brilliance of Under The Never Sky. You’ll realize that I mentioned nothing of the adventures because really, it’s for you to find out.