Monday, December 17, 2012

Review: Under the Never Sky by Veronica Rossi

Aria is a teenager in the enclosed city of Reverie. Like all Dwellers, she spends her time with friends in virtual environments, called Realms, accessed through an eyepiece called a Smarteye. Aria enjoys the Realms and the easy life in Reverie. When she is forced out of the pod for a crime she did not commit, she believes her death is imminent. The outside world is known as The Death Shop, with danger in every direction.
As an Outsider, Perry has always known hunger, vicious predators, and violent energy storms from the swirling electrified atmosphere called the Aether. A bit of an outcast even among his hunting tribe, Perry withstands these daily tests with his exceptional abilities, as he is gifted with powerful senses that enable him to scent danger, food and even human emotions.
They come together reluctantly, for Aria must depend on Perry, whom she considers a barbarian, to help her get back to Reverie, while Perry needs Aria to help unravel the mystery of his beloved nephew’s abduction by the Dwellers. Together they embark on a journey challenged as much by their prejudices as by encounters with cannibals and wolves. But to their surprise, Aria and Perry forge an unlikely love - one that will forever change the fate of all who live UNDER THE NEVER SKY
The first book in a captivating trilogy, Veronica Rossi’s enthralling debut sweeps you into an unforgettable adventure (goodreads). 

When I bought this ebook when it was on sale, I didn't have much expectation so man was I blown away. It was hard to go to bed!

Aria has lived in the Reverie her entire life, it's all she knows and it's all she wants to know. But when she finds herself abandoned and exposed to the dangerous elements, she has to learn to survive, really quick. This book is every Dystopian lover's dream. Rossi opens the book right in the middle of the action and there isn't a dull moment in the book, which is an impressive feat. Oh and people die in this book, isn't that awesome? I loved the overall progression of this story, Rossi feeds the reader clues and hints little by little until it all comes together (very nicely) at the end. 

The characters are remarkable and and memorable. Aria as a character definitely surprised me. She comes off as you basic female character who cannot fend for herself, but very quickly the reader learns that she's not just another pretty face. Not only is Aria talented, she is compassionate is a survivor. She doesn't need Perry to save her, give her a knife and she she's good! The love interest Perry (don't worry, he's a lot cooler than his name) is a fabulous character as well. He has his own agenda and his existence is not based around Aria's well belling Aria and Perry function as two independent characters and that just makes their love story even sweeter. 

The world, the world is amazing. Imagine never leaving your home because the outdoors is filled with cannibals, aether storms, and other such predators. It's an interesting take on post-apocalyptic Earth and definitely not too far fetched. I do wish that Rossi spent more time describing the indoor dwellings because I didn't feel connected to that part of Rossi's world, nor did I completely understand how the Smart Eyes worked. 

The story is told through Perry and Aria's perspectives so the reader gets to know each character equally, which makes them both such strong characters. I loved Rossi's writing style, I found it addicting and I especially loved how she described the enhanced senses that "Outsiders" possess. 

I really enjoyed this story with all of its characters! Through the Ever Night is definitely a 2013 release that I am impatiently anticipating!


  1. Aww yay, glad to hear you liked this! Have you read the short story about Roar and Liv? I've heard it's really good and it's a great way to tide over the wait for Through the Ever Night

    1. I thought I had downloaded it but I can't find it on my nook so I just bought it! Can't wait to read it! :)

  2. I love how you called this book 'every Dystopian lover's dream' because it really is! I loved this book and I am glad you did as well! :)

    ~Sara @ Forever 17 Books

    1. ISN'T IT?? I was a bit apprehensive about this book but MAN did it impress me!

  3. I am a bit apprehensive too. My friend sent it to me for my b-day & Ive yet to read it. I am glad you enjoyed it.
    I want to read it before book 2 comes out.
    Great review :)

  4. I quite enjoyed this book too. It'll be interesting how the sequel compares to it. I hope it's twice as good. Great review!

  5. I've been wanting to read this so thank GOD Aria is not just another pretty face as you put it. Those girls make me weary! It's also good to know that the world building in this one is on point. So I'll definitely have to make sure I read this one in the new year!

  6. I'm so, so glad that you loved this one as much as I did! I didn't expect much of the book before starting it, but it's become my favorite of the year. I'm just dying to get my hands on Through the Ever Night. Thankfully there's not MUCH of a wait left. :)

  7. I haven't read this one but I'm definitely adding this one to my list especially since I'm thinking of doing the dystopian challenge again.

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