Hi book friends! I hope everyone had a long, relaxing weekend (an extra-long one if you’re in the USA!). We had so much fun at the 4th of July parade and then relaxed around a custom-built fire pit that the husband created while we were gone. The minions even found a moth at the parade (and kept hold of it for quite awhile … even asking one of the other parade watchers if they could take it off her leg 🤣).
Today, we’re jumping back in to my love of dystopian novels and talking about Under the Never Sky by Veronica Rossi, which is probably one of my favorites in this genre. I read it back in 2013, when I was going through a serious dystopian phase, but naughty blogger that I was, I never reviewed it. So here’s my review …
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The journey Aria and Peregrine take is rocky at first, but so sweet as time goes on. Under the Never Sky doesn’t masquerade itself as a romance novel. There are bits of a tentative romance between Dweller and Outsider/Savage, but never full romance. The story is more about the two of them learning to accept each other, as well as learning the differences in their ways of life.
So much of this book revolves around different Senses that Perry’s people have. The way he describes things, as he’s experiencing them and as he’s trying to explain to Aria, gave me an entirely new way of seeing things. Of course, I don’t have super-human hearing or sight or the ability to know what someone’s thinking just by touching them … but Under the Never Sky gives you a glimpse into what that could be like.
Aria comes from a controlled, simulated, closed world. She lives in a pod with the other Dwellers, spending most of her time in Realms (read: virtual reality worlds). When the pod her mother is working in (Bliss) is cut off from the rest of them, Aria goes looking for information. Long story short, she gets herself kicked out of the Reverie (her home). Her story immediately becomes one of survival and she gets to know Perry, an Outsider.
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Peregrine is younger brother to his tribe’s Blood Lord (read: king). When his nephew is taken by Dwellers, Perry and Aria team up to find a way to get him back. While Perry wants to find Talon (his nephew), Aria’s focus is on her mother. Perry’s journey is just as enlightening as Aria’s is. I love how he starts to see her as more than just a “Mole”.
I loved the way the two of them interacted. Roar and his comic relief were a definite plus, as this book got a little sad at times. It certainly isn’t a feel-good, lighthearted story. But there’s depth and the characters are very well-built. I read a few reviews, while putting my thoughts together, that talked about frustrations over how Aria’s first menstruation is handled. Honestly, it didn’t bother me. She’s lived inside these artificial pods and virtual worlds her entire life. So why wouldn’t she be shocked when suddenly she starts bleeding? I’d probably think I was dying, too!
UNDER THE NEVER SKY by Veronica Rossi
Series: Under the Never Sky #1
Published: January 3, 2012 by HarperCollins
Genre: Dystopian, Young Adult
Length: 374 pages
Format Read: Nook Digital
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Reviewed by: Megan
Challenges: 2021 AtoZ Reading Challenge – Letter “U”
⭐⭐⭐⭐ (4/5 stars)
Heat Level: 🔥
ABOUT THE BOOK
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 a barbarian, 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.
Final Answer for Under the Never Sky?
Under the Never Sky is a great book for any dystopian readers. As soon as I turned the final page, I was reaching for the second in the series. I wanted to see more of Aria and Peregrine in Through the Ever Night.