Published: January 3, 2012
Format: Trade Paperback
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.
Veronica Rossi’s world was beautiful from the start. Her descriptive detail of the moving, living and it seemed, breathing Aether made me think of blue lightning forks striking from the sky to decimate the land underneath. As well as her descriptions of Perry’s superhuman heightened sense of smell, giving the reader the full effect of characters emotions and thoughts perfectly, since it was written in third person and that aspect could have been easily lost. Needless to say, Rossi’s writing was beautiful. Full of body and fantastically descriptive of the barren world the characters live in.
Aria was a fantastic leading lady. Rossi’s depiction of her had the perfect amount of sadness due to her situation and just the right amount of determination to keep her going. It is so unrealistic when some of the leading female characters are thrown into a situation in a book where they have had no prior experience say, kicking some ass, and all of a sudden they are a regular black belt fighting for their life. Aria definitely wasn’t like that but she also wasn’t a weak, simpering, delicate little flower who wouldn’t have survived.
I absolutely fell in love with Perry. One of my favourite experiences in a book is getting to read the male and female protagonists points of view. It adds so much more depth and range to the book if done properly, and this one was definitely done properly. Perry is this strong, sexy hunter who can take care of himself as well as Aria like no tomorrow. But underneath all those muscles and tattoos of his is an amazingly developed character. His emotional side comes out often, and we see him cry too. Not a lot of authors are willing to have their tough guy love interest shed a few tears so it was nice to read.
The pacing through the book was quick, but it worked. Aria and Perry didn’t fall into each other’s arms right away so it was realistic. If the second book wasn’t out already, I definitely would have been upset with the ending. Cliff hangers work when done properly and Rossi did a good job. Still, no one like to wait a year for a cliff hanger to be resolved. So im lucky i’ve waited to read this book.
Overall, I loved it. I am a huge fan of dystopian books and the world Rossi created was amazing. This is the kind of book that drew the reader in and wouldn’t let go.
I give Under The Never Sky 4/5 Stars