Here’s the official UNDER THE NEVER SKY summary:

WORLDS KEPT THEM APART. 

DESTINY BROUGHT THEM TOGETHER. 

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

I picked up my copy of UNDER THE NEVER SKY at a book signing in San Diego. It was the second time I got to meet Ms. Veronica Rossi, and while I was totally thrilled by that (because, you know, Veronica is SuperAwesome) I also got that little pinch of worry—the one you feel whenever you’re getting ready to dig into an acquaintance’s book.  I so want to love every story I read, but of course that can’t always happen. And when you don’t enjoy a book written by someone you admire, it’s just, well, blah.

Yeah, so I totally angsted over nothing.

UNDER THE NEVER SKY is told by two different characters—Aria and Perry—which is great. Why?  Because Ms. Rossi takes full advantage of the opportunities presented by a dual POV book, and really uses Aria’s and Perry’s different perspectives to contrast their polar opposite worlds. I love the fact that they have such unique voices—something that’s often lacking in books that tackle this narrative style. UNDER THE NEVER SKY is billed as a dystopian (though one could argue it’s more post-apocalyptic) but because of the way some people have been going all Man Vs. Wild** outside of the pods, there are these really earthy fantasy elements to the story, too. The combo of the two gives the book a super fresh, unique feel—one that I think will make it appeal to a broad audience.  Plus, there’s plenty of action to keep even the most thrill-seeking readers turning the pages.

**I thought the survival stuff was full of awesome. Almost like a futuristic Clan of the Cave Bear in a way–but without all the gratuitous caveman sex.

Ahem.  I think that’s my cue to see what other Bookanistas are up to:

Christine Fonseca  takes a shine to A MILLION SUNS

Carolina Valdez Miller falls for FRACTURE

Jen Hayley surrenders to THE NIGHT SHE DISAPPEARED

Stasia Ward Kehoe is dazzled by DARK COMPANION

Nikki Katz wonders at THE FAULT IN OUR STARS

Debra Driza is overwhelmed by UNDER THE NEVER SKY

Jessica Love gives a trophy to BEAUTY QUEENS

Shelli Johannes-Wells takes you on a tour of The Reading Room

Tracy Banghart has double-love for THE SILVER PHOENIX and FURY OF THE PHOENIX

Hilary Wagner is in the grips of THE GATHERING STORM

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5 Responses to “Bookanista Review: Under the Never Sky by Veronica Rossi”

  1. Jen Says:

    You don’t know how much I’ve been DYING to get my hands on this book!

  2. Carolina Valdez Miller Says:

    YES YES YES, to all of this. I felt the same worries needlessly, and also loved this book! Brilliantly done. Loved the concept, the writing, everything. I agree–it’s a cool mix of genres.

  3. Nikki Says:

    Love the Clan of the Cave Bear analogy – I totally agree!! What a good book :)

  4. Tracy Says:

    1. You have the best blog tags ever 2. I just picked up my copy of this this week and CAN”T WAIT TO READ IT!! :-)

  5. Gilly Says:

    You say it best when you say it feels fresh. This is what I was trying to convey in my own review, about how this book avoids some of the pitfalls of its peers.

    I likened Perry to Daniel Day Lewis as Hawkeye from Last of the Mohicans. He definitely has hat cool outdoor survivalist vibe. I was sad to see the audio book didn’t use two narrators . . . was dying to hear Perry!

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