Title: Under The Never Sky
Author: Veronica Rossi
Genre: Young Adult Dystopia
Rating: * * * * 1/2
Publishers Date: HarperCollins (Jan 2, 2012)
Hardback: 384 pages
FTC Disclosure: Received an ARC from contest.
Exiled from her comfortable home, Aria knows her chances of surviving in the outer wasteland - called the Death Shop - are slim. Violent energy storms can strike suddenly, and even the very air she breathes might kill her. Then Aria meets an Outsider named Perry. He's wild, dangerous - a savage. He's also her only hope.
Because Aria alone holds the key to his redemption, Perry needs her, too. Their unlikely alliance will determine the fate of all who live under the never sky.
Debut author Veronica Rossi is accumulating fans from all over the globe--the book has already sold to more than twenty countries. It's not surprising that foreign rights for this title have been flying off the shelf. It's a tantalizing romance in any language.
It amazes me that the more dystopian fiction I read the better it gets. I picked this one after supper and thought I read a few pages to see how I was going to like it. Well, other than a very quick bathroom break and shower, I did not lay it down till around four AM. It was simply fabulous. The world building and the characters were as vivid in my mind as if I’d just watched the whole book play out on the big screen.
Aria, (a Mole who lived in the Pods) while starting out as a fully indulged, self interested teen (apparently all who lived in the pods were), grew and matured with ever step through the Death Shop. She was an awesome compliment to Peregrine (Perry for short), an Outsider who was a very skilled hunter and killer. Together they start out on a trip to save Perry’s nephew and find Aria’s mom. The trip is frequently interrupted by unbelievable storms from the Aether sky and other Outsiders who are cannibals. While this world was vivid, the characters were what stood out for me. Even the secondary ones were fabulous. I can’t wait for the next book in this series so that I can see what happens with Perry and Aria. While this book had a satisfying ending, you definitely go away wanting more.