Wednesday, 25 January 2012

Under the Never Sky (Under the Never Sky #1)

Under the Never Sky (Under the Never Sky #1) by Veronica Rossi
Paperback, 384 pages

Expected Publication: February 7th 2012 by Atom

My shelves: apocalyptic, arc-or-review, awful-cover, books-i-own, dystopian, fantasy, read-in-2012, sci-fi, series-or-companions, young-adult, better-than-expected
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Description via Goodreads:


Aria has lived her whole life in the protected dome of Reverie. Her entire world confined to its spaces, she's never thought to dream of what lies beyond its doors. So when her mother goes missing, Aria knows her chances of surviving in the outer wasteland long enough to find her are slim.

Then Aria meets an outsider named Perry. He's searching for someone too. He's also wild - a savage - but might be her best hope at staying alive.

If they can survive, they are each other's best hope for finding answers.

My thanks go to Atom for sending me this book in exchange for an honest review.

I am a big fan of the dystopian genre, at least of the ideas behind them. Unfortunately a lot of them can be a little poorly written and feel rushed. Thankfully, Under the Never Sky was a book with both a good idea and good writing behind it. Rossi obviously has a vivid imagination and has managed to build a complex world and group of characters. 

We are thrown into Rossi's dystopian world straight away. My only main issue with this book was that this book is quite confusing at the beginning and it wasn't until around the mid-way point that I really began to understand everything. Not everything was explained which was, in a way, good as it helped us to adapt to the terms and the world ourselves. I did find the world-building to be strong and it was very different to the world we live in now. There was a lot to take in, but it never got boring.

Getting past the start was a little slow as I did have to try and remember several people and figure out a lot of things for myself, but this certainly wasn't a slow book in terms of action though. There were plenty of twists and turns, many of which I wasn't expecting. This book managed to keep me on edge right until the end, which was fantastic and quite a rare treat! There are so many things that we find out during this first book, we are constantly discovering more. Through the actions of the characters and the events that happen around them, we get to learn more about both them and the environment around them.

The setting is extremely intriguing and I can imagine that we'll get to learn even more in the next books. The setting is in two main areas - Aria's home, Reverie, and where Perry lives, the Outside, or the outer wastelands. Reverie is least like our modern day as it is protected, generated and very modified, inhabitants included, to be at it's 'optimum', because of this, Aria is out of touch with our reality - for example, she doesn't she doesn't even know what real weather feels like. In complete contrast to Reverie, the outside, where most of this book is set, is more of a wild place where you must fend for and look after yourself. Reverie isn't completely 'normal' though, it feels like it's set more in the past, as well as some of the inhabitants having heightened power of their senses. They also live under an Aether, which covers the sky and causes constant danger. 

Our main characters are two very different people, Aria and Peregrine (Perry). They are both very strong, bold characters and by the end, I had them very well formed in my mind. The relationship between them felt natural in their situation. The romance that built between them didn't dominate the story and it wasn't instant, which I was very glad about. It was great to see how their relationship progressed throughout their time together. Both characters go through a lot of mental changes, and Aria also goes through several physical changes. All of it felt very authentic and well thought out. There are several other characters who in this book, including Vale (Perry's brother) and his son Talon, and his friends Marron, Roar and a young boy that they found in the woods - Cinder. Cinder has such a good basis for even more development and I really hope that he is featured more in the next book(s).  

This book has very frequent twists and it's hard to review this book without giving much away, but I don't want to spoil the book if you're planning on reading it yourself, and this is something that I think you should read for yourself. I'm pleased that I've read this as it was a lot more complex than a lot of other books that are on the market today and it wasn't completely based around romance. I think that Under the Never Sky will definitely appeal to a lot of fans of young- adult dystopian stories and I would certainly recommend it. I am already looking forward to the next book in the series, Through the Ever Night, to see what I will discover!

Veronica Rossi, the author of Under the Never Sky, discusses writing her book in this short clip.


  1. I started this one, but was so busy with life that I had a hard time following along. I am glad to hear that it gets less confusing, so when I have less going on I'll have to pick it up again!

    Thanks for the great review!

  2. Great review! Haven't written my own review of it yet, but I agree with you, the book is great! I loved the story and the characters (huge crush on Roar!). Once I started it, I couldn't put it down.

  3. Great review/ i like this covr bettr/ hoping it get's here soon/ my gifted pre order from bookdepository

  4. Thanks for the review--I'm trying to make up my mind if I want to read this one, and am now thinking I really do!

  5. I love the cover of this book and the title! Both grabbed my attention right away. Great review!

    Megan @ Storybook Love Affair

  6. Nice review, this one is going on my TBR list. It sounds very neat!

    Beth ^_^

  7. Thanks for stopping by my blog. I've become a new follower. Love the look of your blog. Great review, here. And I enjoyed the video you included.

  8. I've been looking forward to this for so long. Glad you enjoyed it and thanks for the tip off about the confusing beginning. I think I'll be reading it myself very soon :D

  9. Sounds like you really liked it! and I have to say I think the cover you got is pretty!! :D I like it more than the uS one.

  10. This book sounds so good. I might have to check this one out.

  11. I'm so glad you enjoyed this Steph! It's one of my favorite dystopian books out there. :) Your review is perfect!

    Sam @ Realm of Ficton

  12. here she meets Perry, who is eighteen and an Outsider, and his nephew has just been kidnap by the Dweller. Perry finds Aria, and he wants her for only one reason, and that¿s to get him into the Reverie to get his nephew back. Aria has no choice but to go with Perry, but Aria makes a deal with Perry that she will help if he helps find her mother that has been sent to the Bliss realm.

  13. I've heard so many mixed reviews about this one. I've been meaning to take a look at it, and now that I've read such a positive review from you, I'm keener than ever to get it! Thanks so much! :D


  14. I´ve heard a lot about this YA book, I am a big fan of the dystopian genre, and after reading your review I think I´m gonna give it a try!
    I love the cover by the way! ;)


  15. Great review! I just picked this one up recently and wasn't too sure how much I'd like it.. I think you changed my mind. :)

  16. I read this book back in January. I absolutely adored it! I actually liked that the reader isn't fed a lot of info about this new world and that they're left to draw their own conclusions. The story was so dystopian as to be almost fantasy instead and I'd never expect a fantasy author to give me a step by step of their whole world so I just applied that here too.

    I agree that Cinder was a really interesting character with so much potential. I'm really hoping that we'll get to know him and his abilities better in the next book. I hope that we'll get to meet Perry's sister too. :)

  17. I've seen the book around the blogs I follow but haven't read a review or even the description until now. I am interested in it but it wont jump in the top 10 books I want. I hope I get a chance to read it though, it definitely sounds like an interesting read. Thanks for the review!

  18. The cover is different! I llike the other cover though! But I never got around to read this book yet! Hope to read it soon.

  19. Rebecca Salisbury19 March 2012 at 15:06

    This one looks interesting, and just marked it on Goodreads to remind me to check it out once I finish uni and actually have time to read for pleasure!

  20. I am picky about dystopian novels because I find different worlds to be hard to follow unless they are somewhat explained but I've heard really good things about this one. I Guess I'm going to have to give it a shot! Thanks!

  21. I love dystopian novels when they are done well. Thanks for the review, I'll have to bump this one up on my TBR list.

    Thanks for stopping by my blog!

  22. Sounds like a fun read. I'd never heard of it before now!

  23. been hearing a lot of good things... Dunno when I will be able to get my hands on it!


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