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Under the Never Sky by Veronica Rossi

Under the Never Sky (edition 2012)

by Veronica Rossi

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Title:Under the Never Sky
Authors:Veronica Rossi
Info:HarperCollins (2012), Paperback, 400 pages
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Tags:YA, dystopian, under the never sky

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An interesting combination of sci-fi, primitivism and virtual reality, - this was one of those dystopians which didn't disappoint.

The vivid style of Under The Never Sky reminded me of another wonderful story I've read in 2011, - Angelfall by Susan Ee, although two plots have absolutely nothing in common.

The synopsis pretty much describes what happens in the book, but as they say "the devil is in details", and they are gorgeous.

Aria is a product of genetic tampering by her opera-loving mother, who gave her a powerful voice.She spends her life in virtual multiple realities where she can be anyone she wants. Virtual world was designed by first Dwellers so people wouldn't go mad spending their lives in confined spaces. Now every Dweller is plugged in with the help of Smarteye.

When Reverie, the pod where Aria lives, is damaged in a freaky incident involving her and a son of a powerful man, she is a dangerous witness who is left to die outside.

Perry is an Outsider who lives with aetheric storms, lack of food and harsh conditions all his life. Some Outsiders are born with special gifts which gives them certain superpowers. Perry's gift is Smell and Sight which makes him a magnificent hunter.

When he finds a Dweller girl within an aetheric storm, their goals coincide. She wants to stay alive and find her mother and he wants to find his nephew taken by the Dwellers. Thus, an unusual alliance is born.

UK edition, cover and synopsis (which I strongly dislike) lead you to believe this to be a love story. Thankfully it's not. The world doesn't revolve around how she feels/he feels. It's more about survival, a journey that changes a lot of people's lives, about rediscovering and reconnecting to the nature.

The connection and attraction between Perry and Aria happens and grows naturally through little details. How her smell changes the more she is outside, how her stubbornness impresses him, how Aria's fear of a barbarian Outsider turns into a reluctant respect and admiration.

The secondary characters are beautifully done as well.

There is much food for thought in this book. How aetheric storms help people's mutation and adaptation to the world? What happens to people's minds when they lose contact with reality and their instincts of self-preservation atrophy? The implications of genetic experiments?

Under The Never Sky is a strong debut with fantastic world-building and charismatic characters. I would recommend it to any fan of YA dystopians. ( )
  kara-karina | Nov 20, 2015 |
I gave up. I kept running into incredibly predictable and yet flinchy story mechanics, and got fed up with it about halfway through. I had high hopes, though. :/ ( )
  lyrrael | Oct 17, 2015 |
A great sci-fi YA romance novel. It doesn't center purely around the couple's relationship but it's also about the other characters like Roar, Vale, and Talon. There are other plot lines of action and intrigue. Love, love, this book. I'm starting the next right now.

To see my full review of this novel, go to my blog here: http://brittanysbookrambles.blogspot.com/2013/07/under-never-sky-by-veronica-ros... ( )
  bpress | Apr 20, 2015 |
As far as Aria is concerned, her world in her pod is all she knows. When she unexpectedly lands in the outside world (without protection from the aether) she is sure she will die immediately. When she doesn’t, she finds there are savages who live on the outside and ends up realizing that she has a common goal with one of them and they embark on a journey together (even though they really don’t like each other). There are a couple reasons why this book is different than other dystopian YA trilogies. This takes place in a far enough future that you don’t hear much about the collapse of the world. It also focuses a lot on the relationships between the characters and not so much a war or the setting (which could be coming in the rest of the trilogy). There is a bit of a fantastical side to this story with some of the characters adapting to the new world and having a heightened senses or other abilities (I wouldn’t consider them powers, but one step above current humans). If any of these sound interesting, I would recommend this book. Although I do have to say the writing felt very YA, and when reading it next to actual adult books the difference was very noticeable, so if that kind of thing bothers you, I’d steer clear.

For a more personalized and indepth review see my blog: http://explanniefyfed.blogspot.com/2015/04/audio-book-review-under-never-sky-by.... ( )
  afyfe | Apr 8, 2015 |
Loved it! ( )
  Verkruissen | Mar 25, 2015 |
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Debut author Rossi creates a dystopian world in which a teenage girl loses her home but finds truth, love and identity.

Aria has grown up in a Pod, where life is highly regulated and technology has eliminated many of life’s pains and inconveniences. Dwellers lead sheltered, insulated lives in the Pod, enjoying protection from the often treacherous and always unpredictable Aether forces in the sky. They also revel in endless virtual joy rides accessible through devices all Dwellers have. Rossi seamlessly intertwines Aria’s journey with that of Peregrine, a teenage boy who has grown up outside of a Pod, an Outsider, in what the Dwellers consider perilous wastelands where humans live without the gadgets Dwellers depend upon. Ruling authorities banish Aria from the Pod, and Rossi nails the feat of offering dual perspectives from Aria and Perry as they help one another on separate quests that turn out to have unexpected connections. Though an Outsider and what Dwellers consider a savage, Peregrine, who possesses preternatural gifts and comes from a ruling family in his tribe, earns not only Aria’s respect and admiration, but also her heart. Rossi grounds her worldbuilding in language, creating idioms for the Dwellers and Outsiders that add texture to their respective myths; her characters are brave and complex and her prose smooth and evocative.

Inspired, offbeat and mesmerizing. (Science fiction. 12 & up)
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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.
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"Aria and Perry, two teens from radically different societies--one highly advanced, the other primitive--hate being dependent on one another until they overcome their prejudices and fall in love, knowing they can't stay together"--

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