Monday, January 9, 2012

Under The Never Sky Review

268 pages
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. 

This was a great dystopian novel. A world was created where some people live in a virtual society and others outside that society live a harsh yet exciting life. The dual perspectives were nicely done. I feel like it was easy to connect with Aria and Perry as characters and to understand what they were feeling. I loved how from the very start of the book I was thrown into the action of Aria's life. Aria really grew as a character in this novel. I loved how Aria's weakness from living in a virtual society, eventually became strength through her adventure on the outside. Perry was an amazing character who embodied strength but also has a soft side. I loved the interaction between Perry and Aria and how they as characters bring the best out in each other.The only thing I didn't like in this novel was that I wasn't sure exactly what happened to make the world the way it was but I'm hoping that will be explained in the next book in this series. I loved that there was a great plot twist that actually caught me off guard, which was surprising since I usually catch on to things early on. I definitely recommend this novel if you like dystopian fiction.


  1. The reader is entranced by the strange future that is described and feels Aria¿s struggles as their own. She is on a quest to find her place in the world; to find her inner strength; to find the truth. Intertwined in this introspective journey is a story of friendship, trust, and love. Dystopian futures are all the rage right now in the literary world, and Rossi¿s novel adds new depth and imagination to the trend.