Release Date: January 3rd, 2012
Genre: Young Adult, Dystopia
Series: Under the Never Sky #1
Cover: One of my favorites!!
Source: NetGalley from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.
Aria is a teenager in the enclosed city of Reverie. Like all Dwellers, she spends her time with friends in virtual environments, called Realms, accessed through an eyepiece called a Smarteye. Aria enjoys the Realms and the easy life in Reverie. When she is forced out of the pod for a crime she did not commit, she believes her death is imminent. The outside world is known as The Death Shop, with danger in every direction.
As an Outsider, Perry has always known hunger, vicious predators, and violent energy storms from the swirling electrified atmosphere called the Aether. A bit of an outcast even among his hunting tribe, Perry withstands these daily tests with his exceptional abilities, as he is gifted with powerful senses that enable him to scent danger, food and even human emotions.
They come together reluctantly, for Aria must depend on Perry, whom she considers abarbarian, to help her get back to Reverie, while Perry needs Aria to help unravel the mystery of his beloved nephew’s abduction by the Dwellers. Together they embark on a journey challenged as much by their prejudices as by encounters with cannibals and wolves. But to their surprise, Aria and Perry forge an unlikely love – one that will forever change the fate of all who live UNDER THE NEVER SKY
The first book in a captivating trilogy, Veronica Rossi’s enthralling debut sweeps you into an unforgettable adventure.
I’m frustrated. This was another one of those books that I was really anticipating, but just fell flat for me. And it seems I am pretty close to the only one who feels this way. So take my review or leave it. All I can tell you is that it just didn’t work for me. And I am extremely disappointed because I really, really wanted to love this book. It’s one of my favorite covers of 2012 as well.
Reasons why it didn’t work for me? I really lacked an emotional connection to the story. I just didn’t care about the characters. I feel that the author tried really hard to make me feel for her characters, but I just wasn’t buying it.
I also wasn’t buying what I felt was manufactured suspense. Hard to explain, but I really didn’t find the Croven all that scary. I thought the aether storms were cool and not terrifying at all, even though they were destroying towns. I guess the easiest way for me to describe my feelings about Under the Never Sky is I just wasn’t believing any of the material. I wasn’t convinced. This wasn’t a dystopia that felt realistic or frightened me. Because it would never happen.
The world-building was kind of all over the place for me too. Some of it I really loved. Like the aether storms. I felt when it came to the different tribes and the dwellers, there was a lot left unexplained and too many details were missing. I wanted more description. It felt kind of like a cop-out and an evasion from the author. I like to nitpick.
The one saving grace that kept this book from getting a much worse rating was Perry. I loved Perry. He was a fantastic character. Rough, rugged, and the perfect guy. There was the appropriate amount of angst. I loved his strength and his personality. I loved his voice as well. So it is clear to me that Veronica Rossi has some talent as a writer, I would just like to see her focus it more. If she can write a character as great as Perry, she can write a good book. So I may or may not read the next one. But I won’t be one of the first ones to do it. I will see what other readers say first.
Final Note: Ehhh..it was good. But I would not read it again if given a second chance. There are many great dystopians out there. I felt this one was a somewhat weak effort. It was missing way more details then it should have been. Dystopians need supreme world-building.