Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Under the Never Sky by Veronica Rossi

Publication Date: January 3, 2012
Publisher: Harper Collins
Format: Hardcover
Page Count: 374
SynopsisSince 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.
Review: I'm really torn on this book. It definitely was not what I was expecting, and I'm sure if that's in a positive or negative way. What I am sure of is that this book is slow. Very, very slow.

   It took me ages to get through this book. The pacing was just too slow for me. It was definitely the worst part of the book. To be honest, if you ignore the pacing, the book is really great. But the speed of the book took a lot out of my enjoyment.

   Veronica Rossi's writing is really wonderful. The prose in Under the Never Sky was beautiful and flowing, but it was also very descriptive. Veronica Rossi fully developed the atmosphere and world in this book. The building of this strange never sky was very well created.

   I couldn't connect with the characters sometimes, especially since this book is written in third person which I'm generally not a fan of because of this reason. Aria and Perry were both developed well, but I didn't have that strong click with them. Maybe it was because that the world they lived in was so alien, and I was too busy trying to put pieces together. Then again, maybe not.

   The romance between Aria and Perry was very unique. They started out hating each other, but ended up falling in love. Their relationship was slow building, just like the rest of the book, but I liked it that way. It was more believable and enjoyable.

   Despite the slow pace, Under the Never Sky is a very unique and wonderfully written debut that'll surprise readers.

   3.5 keys.


  1. I've heard mixed things about this book but was leaning on picking it up! It's kind of hard for me to read books with slow pacing because I'm impatient but I'm going to try with this book. It's nice to have a heads up! I like that the relationship between the two leads is slow building though. Wonderful review, Sophia! x

    1. I think you should still check it out! Although you say you're impatient, I'm sure it's nothing compared to me. Thanks for the lovely comment, Elena!

  2. I've also heard mixed things about Under the Never Sky. It looks really good and I'm glad that the world is well built. Unfortunately, I don't know if I'll be picking this one up. (I'm not a big fan of science fiction or dystopian.) Thanks for the honest review!

    1. Thanks for the comment, Sarah! Sorry to hear you're not a fan of sci-fi nor dystopian. :( Hopefully, you'll find a book within those genres that is for you!

  3. Hmm, well it definitely sounds interesting. I'll be reading this soon, my librarian gave it to me. :) Hopefully the pacing won't be too much of a problem. I'm really glad to hear it's not an insta-love relationship though. Great review!


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