Series: Under the Never Sky #1
Published by HarperCollins on January 3rd 2012
WORLDS KEPT THEM APART.
DESTINY BROUGHT THEM TOGETHER.
Aria has lived her whole life in the protected dome of Reverie. Her entire world confined to its spaces, she's never thought to dream of what lies beyond its doors. So when her mother goes missing, Aria knows her chances of surviving in the outer wasteland long enough to find her are slim.
Then Aria meets an outsider named Perry. He's searching for someone too. He's also wild - a savage - but might be her best hope at staying alive.
If they can survive, they are each other's best hope for finding answers.
‘Under the Never Sky.’ What first attracted me to the book was the title, it has something almost poetic about it. I don’t quite get what it means yet, but that is part of what makes it so interesting.
“A world of nevers under a never sky”
The second was the concept, the world created by Veronica Rossi is very intriguing. The two opposite worlds, the safe virtual realities called the Realms and the outer-world where dangerous storms churn in the sky caused by Aether swirls and diseases are very much a threat.
The characters I found interesting… I can’t really say much more about them because I still haven’t really figured out whether they worked for me or not. I had some mixed feelings about Aria. She is rather rude and ungrateful occasionally, her personality just didn’t really work out for me. She does grow during the course of this book, and as she grew I found myself liking her more and more. I liked Perry, and grew somewhat of a soft spot for him. Something about helping a woman in need, even if she is a pain in the ass most of the time.
There is some lack of given information, in my opinion. There’s quite some things that don’t get explained, like the Aether storms. I would’ve liked some more information as a back-up. How did everything come to be, etc.
In the end I enjoyed reading this book. I really liked the contrast between the two worlds, the high-tech Realms and the almost primitive outer-world. Occasionally there is some humor in the writing, which I really liked as well. Overall I think ‘Under the Never Sky’ is an entertaining and well-written book.