|Under The Never Sky by Veronica Rossi,|
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Under The Never Sky
by Veronica Rossi
Series: Under The Never Sky #1
Genre: YA, dystopian, sci-fi, paranormal
Editions available: Hardcover, paperback, Kindle, ebook,
audiobook, audio CD, international
Published January 3rd 2012 by HarperCollins
Source: Bought from National Bookstore
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 energy storms will. 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 come together to survive. Their unlikely alliance forges a bond that will determine the fate of all who live under the never sky.
Under The Never Sky is one of the books on top of my wishlist. I've been dying to read it from my blogger friends' recommendations and Goodreads review. Who doesn't want to read that high-rated book? (Confession: I barely even read the description. Just an enthusiastic recommendation + high-rated reviews is all it takes for me to say yes. Typical me.) And whenever I visit the bookstore, I ALWAYS pick this book and stare at it longingly and be like, "Oh, baby, I want you home. Too bad I still can't right now. Maybe some day soon. Very soon." Don't kill me for not buying it ASAP, I'm broke that time (the most common and hateful problems of bookworms).
When I FINALLY(!!!) get a chance to grab a copy (sniffs til there's no bookish smell left) and read it, I feel like stepping back. That wasn't I expected. I didn't liked the first few chapters and I was lost. I didn't catch up on what's happening or what's in their world right away and I feel like crying. I thought what happened to Daughter of Smoke and Bone will happen to Under The Never Sky. I thought I would be completely disappointed (what happens for not reading the description. :/).
As I read on (which I thankfully do. But I'd do anyway even if it sucks because I'll feel sorry for my money), I get to learn about their world, acknowledge the impressive character and world building. I also began to like the story and be curious for the next events. All these stuff made me want for more from this book. And little did I realize, I'm falling for it.
I've also fall for Aria's and Peregrine's love story and chemistry. I think I loved it because it's not an insta-love (which I know we all hate) and even if I know that they will fall for each other eventually, I'm still not prepared for all the feels. *sighs dreamily*
Reading Under The Never Sky is really exciting. Most parts of the book were action-packed and no chapter left me bored. It gave me a lot to look forward to until I reach the very last chapter--and I still ask for more! I love how this book made me fall in love all over again with dystopian novels. I also love, love, love the ending I almost cried. It's not cliff-hanger, but you'd want to grab the second book right after you finish it (which I have to do really soon). The ending gave a fairytale-like touch that I really loved. It's my favorite part.
I'd give this a full rating of five if not for the confusion I experienced at the beginning. I'd highly recommend this to all dystopian lovers. Who wants action + romance + mystery + many more. And simply to anyone who'd like to experience to be under the never sky.