Under the Never Sky by Veronica Rossi
Published by HarperCollins
Publish Date: January 3, 2012
Source: Audio – Library, Book – ARC/Galley
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, 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 accept each other to survive. Their unlikely alliance forges a bond that will determine the fate of all who live under the never sky. -(summary from Goodreads)
My Thoughts: I spent last week re-reading Veronica Rossi’s Under the Never Sky in anticipation for the release of the second book in the series, Through the Ever Night. I chose to re-read this book both in print and in audio and good golly, this was a delicious decision.
I absolutely loved this WORLD the first time I read it.
When I read Under the Never Sky a year ago, I remember being a little bit confused in the first few chapters of the story. Veronica Rossi takes the first few chapters to set up her world – she begins by explaining what is happening at exactly that moment in Reverie, which is Aria’s home. I think I was confused because I didn’t really have a concept of the world before I threw myself into the action that was beginning right away, in Chapter One. After a few chapters, however, I began to get my bearings and I could picture Reverie as Aria described it. The world began to take shape and it began making sense to me.
I loved these CHARACTERS the first time I read this book.
I’m crazy about these characters now.
I love a wonderful, developed, colorful cast and Under the Never Sky has exactly that. There are three characters that stand out to me as favorites: main characters Aria and Perry, of course, and Roar. Aria and Perry both have great character development throughout the book because they have preconceived ideas about each other based on where they come from and what they’ve always been taught by their elders. Spending time together challenges these ideas. After some times of tension, their walls eventually fall and their relationship begins to slowly change – this is when and how they experience growth as individuals and friends.
Roar is one of those characters that could potentially be seen as an important secondary character, but he’s also enough of a favorite of mine that I toss him up in with Aria and Perry. He’s fun. He is pivotal to the shift in plot. Roar is easy to form a connection with because he has a story. Oh, Roar’s story! Roar and Perry have a connection, a certain something-in-common, and it runs deep.
All of the characters – the good ones and the bad ones – are great. There is action in the book, certainly. But this book is character-driven for sure, which is totally fine by me.
For those of you that have read the book, I loved the boy Cinder the first time, but this time I wanted to leap into the story and just hug him (and also high-five him). What a great, great character.
I know. Hard to believe, but non-cliffhanger endings can totally be done. They can! We have a beautiful one right here.
When I finished this re-read, I just stood there. Yes, stood, because by that point, I couldn’t sit. (I’m weird.) I just needed to breathe and just take in the end of the story again, for the second time, and just love it for a minute.
Hooray for re-reads right before the next book in the series is released!
In all senses of the word, this was a very successful re-read for Asheley.
After loving this book so much the first time, my love for it has only intensified the second time around and I’m only more anxious to read Through the Ever Night when it releases in January 2013. The perspective of the audiobook narrator enhanced my perception of the stellar world-building and characterization, and as always, I hung on nearly every word.
While I continued to love the characters and the world-building, I think I could appreciate the relationship between Aria and Perry on an even deeper level after hearing someone else read it to me. Perhaps the first time, I inhaled the book and may have missed teeny-tiny details? Or maybe hearing simple things like the tone and pitch of the reader as she read the inner thoughts and dialogue of Aria and Perry as they grew closer – I mean, just, WOW. It was like a lightbulb coming on for me. It wasn’t only the relationship between these two main characters, either – I think I could appreciate the relationships between both Aria and Perry with all of the other characters: Roar, Marron, Cinder, Vale, Consul Hess, all of them. I wrote several statements beginning with “I had forgotten…” and “I didn’t realize…” on my notes for this re-read.
That moment when a re-read causes you to see a book that you love on a different/deeper level? That’s called a SCORE.
I was a little bit nervous about choosing to listen to the story via audiobook while reading along in print. I do this with almost all of my re-reads but I get very attached to my favorite audiobook narrators. Listening to new readers is like breaking in new denim blue jeans or a new pair of shoes – I fully expect it to take a little bit of getting used to. Particularly with books that have alternating points-of-view, the narration is absolutely KEY to making or breaking the story – and with female narrators, sometimes they do not always read male character very well.
The audiobook format of Under the Never Sky by Veronica Rossi is published by Harper Audio and is 9 hours, 39 minutes, Unabridged.
Romance: The slow burn of slow burns. No triangle.
Under the Never Sky by Veronica Rossi
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