Sunday, January 26, 2014

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

Under the Never Sky by Veronica Rossi



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.




For a YA book, the writing, characterization and plot of this one felt very mature. Most of the time I didn't realize that the hero and heroine were just teenagers. They can easily be in their thirties for their level of maturity. They weren't prone to drama, senseless decision or annoying love interest to spur jealousy. There was only a small dose of humor that mainly came from the secondary character. 

Aria was a Dweller, from the privilege 'Pod' community where they live underground and spent most of their time in virtual reality called 'Realm'. While Perry was as 'Outsider' living in a tribe and had to hunt for survival.

Due to an unfortunately incident, Aria was cast out from the 'Pod' to be left to meet her demise. She can barely survived the ordeal, her first time in the real world. Fate had it that she encountered Perry, an 'Outsider'. She make a pact with an unlikely ally to locate her MIA mum who was a scientist working at the Bliss and assist in saving an Outsider's child who was kidnap by her people.

Perry was a Scire, who had the capability to smell others emotion. Therefore, he was a quiet person because he rather thrust his own scent than to hear lies. He was a skilled archer, a young man with high sense of honor and responsibility. He often care too much about other people needs. 

Perry's relationship with his brother, who was the Tribe's Blood Lord was not a good one. He wished that he could take over the Blood Lord's title to save his Tribe from the incoming Aether storm. The Aether storm sounded similar like being hit by meteorite to me. Their life was constantly threaten by this catastrophe. When his nephew, Talon was kidnapped by the Dweller, Perry left his Tribe in search for a way to save his nephew. That was when he came across Aria, a Dweller who seem lost in his world.

"Do the clouds ever clear?"
"Completely? No. Never."
"What about the Aether? Does that ever go away?"
"Never. The Aether never leaves."
"A world of nevers, under a never sky."

Aria and Perry's relationship started off at the wrong foot, with them hating each other for being who they were. Aria thought him a savage and a brute. Perry thought she was an privileged princess who had never experience any real life experience. They turn from enemies, to allies, to friend and subsequently became lovers. I'm quite surprised by this development since this was just the beginning of a series. But their romance was definitely a slow building despite it all happened in one book. I can foresee a lot of challenges that they will face due to their different background.

There was a lot to take in during the early chapters to get us familiar with the world building. The subsequent plot development was a slow moving one, mainly about Aria and Perry journey to look for Marron, the person who can fix her Smarteye. I like the strong secondary characters in Marron and Roar. They injected some humor in an otherwise serious book. We have two very likable main characters in Aria and Perry. No annoying love triangle (Thank God), not teenage angst (despite being a teenage book) and a mild cliffhanger to keep me hook for book 2. Overall, I'm satisfy in discovering this series for myself and would love to see how the series progress.

Rating 4/5