Book Review: Under The Never Sky (Under the Never Sky #1) by Veronica Rossi

Posted September 6, 2012 by Melissa in Book Review | 14 Comments

 

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
Publisher: HarperCollins
Source: Publisher in exchange for an honest review
Find It: Goodreads | Amazon | BN | The Book Depository

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.

 

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.

3 Timepieces

 

 

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14 responses to “Book Review: Under The Never Sky (Under the Never Sky #1) by Veronica Rossi

  1. Isn’t it horrible when you have a “middle of the road” book? Those books that aren’t really bad but just aren’t spectacular at the same time. What do you say when reviewing a book like that? When things are just “meh”? It’s a real challenge to come up with anything to say in reviews for those books.

    I’m sorry it didn’t wow you. I’ve had my eye on this one too.

    Patricia @ Lady with Books

  2. I agree Melissa, I struggled a bit with the beginning of this one as well. It definitely felt like I had missed some vital prequel or something that introduced me to the world, but once I got past that I fell in love with this book. I’m sorry it didn’t work quite as well for you! I’m with you on Roar though, I definitely hope we get more of him in the next book, or even a spinoff that features him as the protagonist:)

  3. I was confused by this one as well. I wish there would have been more world building or at least more explanations. Other than that though, I love the book. The alternating POVs were great as I love to hear both sides to every story. Perry and Roar were my favorites as well. They had more character than Aria.

  4. I don’t remember my thoughts completely regarding this book, but I know I struggled a bit too. In the end I decided I liked it though and I am looking forward to the sequel.

  5. Well dang, I just snagged this for 2.99 from the epics sales that lasts till 9/17 Partials is on sale too if you haven’t read it. I do like the multiple POV’s. I am glad I know you struggled with parts, so i will be prepared. The lack of world-building has me shivering though..ugh. Awesome review.

  6. First off I have to say I agree with you and Patricia in the comments about the “okay” books. Those are the hardest for me to talk about too.

    I actually loved this book but I read it back in January or something, so like Candace, my exact thoughts are a bit far away.

    For all of you Roar fans (I liked him too!), I’m pretty sure there will be a novella out before Through the Ever Night about Roar. It may even be out now, I’m not sure. But don’t quote me on that!

  7. I’ve been seeing this book around a lot but I can’t remember if I’ve actually read any of the reviews. While the description sounds interesting your review makes me think that I might not enjoy the book too much, especially if I’ll spend the first couple chapters confused. I really hate that. So I guess I won’t be rushing to the store for this book.

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