May 4, 2014

Wicked Review: Under The Never Sky by Veronica Rossi

Published: February 7, 2012
Publisher: Harper Collins
Series: Under The Never Sky
Acquired: Digital Copy

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.

As all of you know, I have met the author, Veronica Rossi, and developed a crush on her recently since she dropped by the Philippines. I kind of regret not having read this book before Veronica Rossi dropped by the Philippines.

It took a while to get used to this book because there are so many terms like the Aether storm, Reverie, Bliss, Tides, Pod and many more. That didn't stop me from pushing through with this book.

It's a very different from the dystopian books out there. I can never imagine having a Smarteye and experiencing something that only can be seen/heard/smelled/felt through an eyepiece alone. The inner primitive nature of a human being is suppressed in the city of Reverie. It's all very clinical. That's why when Aria got out of Reverie and out on the 'Death Shop' aka The Outside, she was so surprised, for lack of a better word.

She has never experienced fear. She has never menstruated for crying out loud. Yes, I have to put it out there. It was so weird yet funny that a manly person such as Perry had to point out to Aria that she's bleeding already, a sign that a girl is becoming a lady.

I love it when authors use dual point of views when writing. But most are in the first person. This one, though, is written in the third person. The switches in point of views happen when it is the most advantageous.

I love how the relationship between Aria and Peregrine developed. They hated each other's guts and yet they need something from one another. Peregrine blames Aria because she's a Dweller and because of Dwellers, his beloved nephew, Talon, was taken away from him. Aria blames him because she's banished from her city and for the loss of her Smarteye. It took a while for them to see each other as like normal human beings because of their views of each other.

Veronica Rossi graduated from UCLA. The first book in her Under the Never Sky trilogy was named an ALA Best Fiction for Young Adults selection and an Indie Next List Pick. The second book, Through the Ever Night , was a New York Times and USA Today bestseller. The series has been optioned for film by Warner Bros. 

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