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Review: Under the Never Sky by Veronica Rossi

Under the Never Sky by Veronica Rossi
Young Adult, Futuristic, Dystopian, Romance
Hardcover $17.99 (384 pages, HARPERCOLLINS)
Ebook $9.99
Ebook w/ Audio/Video $10.99
Audiobook $17.94

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 learn to accept one another to survive. Their unlikely alliance forges a bond that will determine the fate of all who live under the never sky.

Author Site: www.veronicarossi.com

Fascinating, Fresh Dystopian Fiction With a Dash of Romantic Flair (5 stars)

In a future where the world has been devastated by the mysterious Aether storms blocking out the sky you're either a Dweller or an Outsider. Living in enclosed cities known as pods, girls like Aria only know the world of Realms. Virtual realities where anything goes. But no one dies for breaking the rules in her virtual worlds. Cast out of Reverie, the pod that has always been her home, she finds herself at the mercy of the outside world—a land known as The Death Shop for the many ways one can die out there. Everything she knows about the outside tells her she won't make it until she meets an Outsider.

Perry doesn't need a fragile and useless Dweller to take care of when he stumbles across Aria. Yet the girl is the one person who might be able to help him save the only thing he loves enough to sacrifice himself. Thrust together by circumstance, the pair, so very different from one another, must learn how to work together if they are to survive both the outside world and the dangers of the Aria's.

What an enjoyable adventure! I've been in the mood for a book that sends me on an epic journey with lots of peril but a nice dash of romance. UNDER THE NEVER SKY delivers exactly that. From the beginning the alternating perspectives of Aria and Perry endeared them to me as a reader. I wanted to see them survive, to watch them grow emotionally, to bond and see one another as more than just a 'Mole' and a 'Savage'. It's as much a physical adventure as an adventure of the heart.

The world of UNDER THE NEVER SKY is fascinatingly complex and confusing in all the right ways. Rossi is careful with her info dumping, it always flows in a way that's organic to the storytelling. There are some questions still burning after the book ends but it's open to exciting possibilities in further installments. This is a world I will gladly dive back into again!

On the whole I found nothing glaringly dislikable about it though readers who frustrate easily when not enough explanation of technology and history are given may find it slow at first. The ending was so well done I actually hugged my book when I closed it. It gave me the warm fuzzies! If you enjoy a great adventure, strong secondary character involvement, a romance of opposites, and fantasy flavored dystopian this is a must-read. Loved it.

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Notes: ARC received via Amazon Vine.

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