Man oh man, when I stepped into Under the Never Sky, by Veronica Rossi, I had no idea what I was getting myself into. A world that is nothing, absolutely nothing, like the world I live in. From the first page I knew I was going on an adventure to a far off place. I recommend readers buckle up and enjoy the ride. Everyone will return to reality once the last page is read; or maybe a while after that. It takes some time to get the lives of all these fun characters out of a person's system. As a matter of fact, I think I might still be inside the world of Aria and Perry. Just a little bit!
In a world where you're either a Dweller or an Outsider, Under the Never Sky amazingly blends in different aspects of modern and past. The Dweller's are very futuristic living in their enclosed virtual environments (called Realms) and having their lives played out in eyepieces called Smarteye. On the other side, the Outsiders live in tribes and hunt and gather for their means of survival. Two completely different worlds. At first, I was wary of the differences. I didn't understand how one side was so into the future, yet the other side was so behind the times. In the end, I think it worked out rather brilliantly. In order to understand the extent to which the Dwellers went to ensure of their safety and long lives, the readers needed to see a drastic difference. How could readers compare the lives of the Dwellers without having seen how the Outsiders live? Also, I found myself sympathizing with both sides because each had major flaws.
Main character, and Dweller, Aria leaves the pod with her best friend, Paisley, and some others. On their adventure outside, they turn off their Smarteye's and wander around dangerous territory. Right away I knew, and so did Aria, that something terrible was about to happen. In a shocking turn of events, Aria finds herself excommunicated from her home and dropped off in the middle of an Aether attack. Outside, the world is a cruel and dangerous place. The sky is dominated and controlled by violent energy storms called the Aether. Prepared to die, Aria is soon rescued by Perry. An Outsider and `savage' by nature. I loved Perry from the first time I met him. Aria did not.
Told in third person narrative, Under the Never Sky switches between Aria and Perry very nicely. It gave me an idea of what was happening on Aria's side, and then Perry's. From Dweller to Outsider, I was given a full picture of what it's like to be part of communities that are marred with horrible flaws.
As Under the Never Sky progresses, both Aria and Perry have to come together to save their loved ones. Along the way they learn to put aside their mutual hate of the other to fight for survival. Action packed, funny, witty, and slightly frightening, Rossi wrote a book that has it all. Best of all, Rossi wrote a little loving to top off this already delicious book.
For readers who loved Graceling and The Hunger Games comes a startling new world and a breathtaking, unforgettable love.
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.