Came out of the grocery store last night to this…
In Under the Never Sky by Veronica Rossi we meet Aria and Perry. They live in a dystopian world. Aria is a Dweller and has been raised in Reverie (an artificial world built inside enclosed pods) where everyone spends most of their time in Realms. They wear Smarteye devices and live in virtual worlds (Realms) for entertainment and excitement. Perry is an Outsider and lives outside in the real world where people live in tribes ruled by Blood Lords. Life outside the pods is hardscrabble and very dangerous. There are wolves, cannibals and Aether (energy) storms that destroy everything in their path. When an evening with her friends goes horribly wrong, Aria is banished from Reverie. Convinced she will die outside the pods, she is devastated and terrified. She doesn’t know how to survive or take care of herself. She is saved by Perry who is himself reeling from the kidnapping of his sickly nephew, Talon. He is determined to get his nephew back. Together Aria and Perry must survive and figure out how to rescue Talon.
I loved this novel. I am a huge fan of dystopian stories (I find them engrossing). I haven’t read a good one in quite some time. I was extremely disappointed in Veronica ROTH’s (why are their names so similar?!) Divergent series and how it ended. After thoroughly enjoying the beginning of that series, the horrible ending put me off dystopian stories for a while. After reading several rave reviews of Veronica ROSSI’s Never Sky series, I decided to pick it up. I am so glad that I did.
I loved the character building in this story. We get to know Aria and Perry gradually. We also get to see their relationship develop from dislike to acceptance to friendship to romance. They remain true to their very different natures, and they keep their integrity throughout the book. When various events happened, I caught myself thinking, “It’s going to fall apart now, and something awful will happen”, but it didn’t. Kudos, Ms. Rossi, for keeping your main characters real and genuine. Under the Never Sky kept me turning the pages to find out what was going to happen next. I had trouble putting it down once I got into it.
The only (minor) issue I had with the book is the ending. It’s one of those non-endings that make this story dependent upon the next one. I knew it was part of a series going in, and I’d already downloaded the next two books and the two supporting novellas so I wasn’t angry or disappointed. I just started the next book. I’m not sure how I would have felt about the ending had I read this when it was first published. I probably would have grumbled and felt dismay at having to wait for the next one to come out. Luckily, I don’t have to wait!