Under the Never Sky by Veronica Rossi Review

The debut novel, Under the Never Sky by Veronica Rossi is full of action, adventure, science, and romance. This is a sure winner that is a must for any bookworm.

Under the Never Sky - Veronica RossiAuthor: Veronica Rossi

Publication Date: February 2012

Publisher: Harper Collins Canada

Format: Hardcover, 384 pages

Price: CDN $19.99

Websites:
Chapters | Indigo, Amazon.ca, GoodReads

Description

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.

In her enthralling debut, Veronica Rossi sends readers on an unforgettable adventure set in a world brimming with harshness and beauty.

 

REVIEW

Set in the future, Aria, a 17 year old Dweller lives in Reverie, full of smarteyes, realms and Aether storms. The Aether causes the mutations found in the Outside world which is why Perry, a Scire Outsider has two different senses: The ability to see in the dark, and sensing people’s emotions by sense of smell. He lives with the tribe called the Tides. We follow both teens as they scamper to find a way to survive, answers to their heritage, action, adventure and a bit of romance along the way.

WARNING: May contain some spoilers for the first half of the book

Aria and her best friend Paisley are goofing off with Soren and a couple of his buddies. Soren is a code breaker whose dad is part of the council and is in charge of security. Highly intelligent, but also capable of dangerous feats he creates a realm of a forest where he creates a fire. A fire inside AG 6 would most likely burn it to the ground. For reasons unknown to Aria, Soren goes a tad savage and starts to act violent. Aria starts to record him doing all these indecent acts for proof she witnessed these horrible events. The moment she gets into trouble, her hero Perry rescues her, beats up Soren and his two goons, and takes her to safety. Perry ends up stealing her smarteye for leverage.

Counsel Hess (Soren’s father) talks with Aria and little is exchanged, althugh she is questioned. She thinks it was a misunderstanding and will be punished lightly, but she ends up being banished and dumped outside of the pod.

On the flipside, the book now turns to Perry who deals with his brother the Blood Lord and his nephew Talon. Talon is sick and will only live for a little while, so he takes Talon to go hunt. They get ambushed by Dwellers and Talon is kidnapped.

Perry goes back to the Tides where he tells his brother what happened. Vale is furious and Perry flees from his brother’s rath. He meets Aria and together they seek help to fix her smarteye so she can contact her mother and gain knowledge of Talon’s whereabouts. They tease each other back forth, her being a Dweller and him being an Outsider. Their mission is to get Marron, Perry’s friend who will fix her smarteye. Along the way they encounter many types of people, a wanderer, and even the Croven (cannibals! yikes!).

I won’t divulge anymore of the plot just because I truly don’t want to spoil the story for anyone. I rather enjoyed the book, minus the confusion in the beginning and why the characters do the things they do. I love the point of view from both Aria and Perry just because it made it so much more interesting. Besides the fact that I love it when an author writes from the guy’s POV because it’s rare in YA fiction. This book has movie rights already sold and I can definitely see this being a movie because of the ongoing story, characters and setting. I look forward to reading the next book in this series.

RATING 4/5


COVER

Can I just say I love the cover? The typography combined with Aria on the front makes it eye-catching and will definitely catch people’s eyes while on the bookshelf. I love the typeface the designer used and how they manipulated parts of the words together to create a floral theme because Perry smells violets whenever he’s around Aria.

QUOTES

“Aria was accustomed to eyes of all colors. They were fads in the Realms. Purple had been the popular color just last month.”—page 110, Under the Never Sky by Veronica Rossi

“In the Realms people used moving designs. They chose new ones whenever they wanted. She couldn’t imagine having an image on her skin forever.”—page 111, Under the Never Sky by Veronica Rossi

About the Author

Veronica Rossi graduated from UCLA and studied fine art at California College of the Arts in San Francisco. She began writing fiction for teens and received first-place awards in the Pacific Northwest Writers Association and SouthWest Writers annual contests before completing Under the Never Sky. It’s since captivated publishers in more than twenty countries worldwide and been optioned for film by Warner Bros. Veronica lives in northern California with her husband and two sons.


Giselle San Miguel is a freelance web designer who has a voracious appetite for reading and manages her own book blog at booknerd.ca. She also enjoys writing, design, movies, and photography.