{Book Review} Under the Never Sky (Under the Never Sky #1)

Author: Veronica Rossi

Genre: YA science-fiction, fantasy
Published: January 3rd 2012
Publisher: HarperCollins
Pages: 374
Source: Purchased Hardback

Goodreads Summary:

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.

My Rating of this Book – 4 out of 5 Stars

My Review:

I found Under the Never Sky to be a refreshing futuristic twist, combining two completely different worlds. On the one hand, you have those who rely on technology and live in false world of a virtual reality. On the other, you have those living in what remains of the real world, hunting and scavenging to survive. And when these very different lives collide through Aria and Perry, it has amazing results.

The dual perspective of Under the Never Sky gives an ultra-clear picture of this futuristic situation. I got sucked in, learning about the world through both Aria’s and Perry’s eyes and seeing how they view their societies, and most interestingly, each other. It really brought dimension to the novel and its setting.

And the best part of the book was all the unexpected twists, especially toward the end. They were so thrilling, I literally gasped as I read the juicy truth.

The second book is already on my ‘to-read’ list for next year, and if you’re a Sci-fi fan, I would recommend adding this series to your list as well!

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