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

10756656 Genre: YA Dystopian
Published: January 3, 2012 by HarperCollins
Series: #1 (Under the Never Sky)
Length: 376 pages
Source: bought (at Barnes & Noble)

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.”

review

Under the Never Sky was an interesting read, but I do have mixed feelings for it. I just found the first 100 pages very slow paced which made me bored at times. It was an interesting read because there are two wolds in the book. There is the Reverie where everything is perfect, and there is The Death Shop where there is always this storm called an Aether. The people who live in the ‘perfect’ world are called the Dwellers and the people who live in the Death Shop are called the Outsiders. The story is told in two point of views, but it is written in 3rd person. We follow Aria who is a Dweller and Peregrine (a.k.a Perry) who is an Outsider.

Fortunately, the story did pick up and got better after those 100 pages. My favorite characters would have to be Roar and Perry. Roar and Perry are best friends, and Roar is going through an expedition to find Liv, a girl who he loves which is Perry’s sister.  I also love the relationship that Talon and Perry shares. Talon is Perry’s nephew, and he’s just a cute little kid! My least favorite character is Aria because I just find her having a flat personality. I guess she was okay.

Overall it was a great read though I had some downs while reading it. Honestly, I do feel a bit disappointed because I heard lots of spectacular things about this book, but for me it turned out all right. It did not wow me or anything and I was expecting to be mind blown, but I wasn’t.

3 of 5

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19 Responses to “Review: Under the Never Sky (Under the Never Sky #1) by Veronica Rossi”


  1. 1 Francine Soleil January 14, 2014 at 11:42 PM

    I wasn’t that mind blown either, but I still liked the book. Roar is my favorite character too.

  2. 4 Jeann @ Happy Indulgence January 15, 2014 at 2:36 AM

    Glad to hear that it got better later in the book, must have been hard getting through the first part. I still need to read this series!

  3. 6 Charlotte @ Thoughts and Pens January 15, 2014 at 7:21 AM

    I am sorry that this one didn’t impress you as much as you wanted it to. TBH, UTNS is one my favorite series of all time. I don’t know, I just really found the characters to be engrossing and their relationships heartwarming. I did find the pacing normal.

    I am glad to know that you like Perry and Roar. I also liked them including Aria. Hahahaah.

    My greatest regret about this series was the world building. I am still not satisfied with the aether explanation.

    • 7 Leigh (LittleBookStar) January 17, 2014 at 11:22 AM

      I really wish I loved this book because I really am a big fan of sci-fi, but the characters were just annoying except for Roar and Perry. The world building could have been a bit better in my opinion. Aria was just no. Hahaha sorry <3.

  4. 8 Alise January 15, 2014 at 10:32 AM

    I was watching your updates about this one on Twitter so I know exactly what you mean. This one kind of disappointed me as well, after all the buzz and hype that this series was amazing. Roar was my favorite character, too!

  5. 10 Mel@thedailyprophecy January 15, 2014 at 11:07 AM

    It’s always a shame when hyped books doesn’t live up to your expectations, but I’m happy the story did pick up for you. I like the idea of having two different worlds 🙂

  6. 12 Pamela D January 15, 2014 at 5:47 PM

    Book hype is such a tricky thing. Sorry it wasn’t the best fit for you. 😦

  7. 14 acps927 January 16, 2014 at 6:54 PM

    Finally, someone else who wasn’t enamored with this book! I actually dumped it around the 160 page mark when I realized I didn’t care about anyone or anything except Roar. And the beginning was definitely too slow.

    • 15 Leigh (LittleBookStar) January 17, 2014 at 11:19 AM

      I wanted to DNF the book too, but the reason why I read it is because I have an ARC of Still Blue so I thought I’ll just read it. I heard the 2nd book is better though (hopefully). Yeah, Roar was the best out of all the characters in this book. The beginning was a dread! It was so boring!

  8. 17 Anahera January 23, 2014 at 12:37 PM

    I’ve heard good things about this author, and I’ll definitely keep in mind that the book won’t be so slow after 100 pages. 🙂


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