Author: Veronica Rossi
Series: Under the Never Sky # 1
Published: Jan. 03, 2012 by HarperCollins
Genre: YA Dystopia/Sci-Fi
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
Is it a fantastic read? Yes, maybe depending on how you look at it. Do I love it? Nah, not that much.
Under the Never Sky is one of those typical dystopian/post apocalyptic stories that I have read so far. Nothing new, not much originality. I am hooked in the story I admit despite the few issues I have in the story but for me it is not compelling enough to totally love it.
One thing I really don’t like about the story is the characters. I really don’t care much about them, not even fascinated. Honestly, I didn’t like Aria at all. I found her way too stubborn and plainly stupid. Though slowly she tried to redeem herself, but for me it is too late. I found her being strong and kick ass heroine at the end so fake and too forced. I am not convinced enough to love her. Oh well, maybe I like Perry a little bit because of his compassion. Only if Roar and Cinder’s character explored more, I know for sure that I am going to love those two.
The story plot is pretty much the same with the other dystopia out there. Dwellers and Savages life were introduced but the explanations are scarce. The society was not explained properly. The story mainly focused on Perry and Aria’s adventure which is a little bit ok. What I love the most about it is that the love/romance part was done nicely; it is just right and not too overwhelming. Finally! Because as a reader, if I am reading a dystopia/post apocalyptic story, I wanted the story to focused more in the society and the people rather than 2 or 3 characters entangled in love.
Oh and another thing, I really love the Sci-Fi kick in this story.
All in all, Under the Never Sky is pretty much an impressive read. Though it is not really a mind blowing read. But if you love this kind of story, go ahead and indulge yourself with it. I am looking forward to read the next book.
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