Title: Under the Never Sky
Series: Under the Never Sky #1
Author: Veronica Rossi
Reading level: Young Adult
Genre: Post Apocalyptic
Size: 376 pages
Release Date: January 3rd 2012
Source: Publisher in exchange for an honest review
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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.
They called the world beyond the walls of the Pod “the Death Shop.”
I’m having trouble formulating thoughts for this one so I apologize in advance if my review is all over the place. Overall I found Under The Never Sky to be an entertaining read but there was nothing that particularly stood out to me. I found the first quarter of the book to be somewhat confusing…as if I’d somehow missed a prequel that actually explained everything…obviously as the book progressed I “caught up” but it wasn’t the most pleasant start.
The writing style was not to my taste, I found it to be simplistic and choppy…I know this seems almost a contradiction as I found parts of it confusing..but that was for lack of explanation rather than lack of descriptiveness. The pacing of the novel was a bit slow but picked up considerably by the time I reached the middle and I had no trouble racing through to the end. I did enjoy the shifting narratives between Aria and Peregrine. I find that I am really becoming a fan of this sort of dual narration style. It is great to really be able to see into the hearts and souls of both main characters.
Aria is a likable heroine but I thought her a bit lacking in depth and I really was unable to form any sort of connection. Peregrine is a bit more compelling and I loved the effect of his talents on his emotions and relationships especially with his nephew. I didn’t really buy the romance that developed between the two and honestly I don’t think the book would have suffered had that element been left out. Roar, though not a main character, really caught my interest and I hope that we see more of him in the sequel.
Overall, this book did not wow me…but was an enjoyable read…I won’t rush out to buy the sequel on release date but I am sure that I’ll eventually pick it up to see where this story line goes.
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