Review: Under the Never Sky (YABBC)

March 27, 2013 Review, YABBC 24

Review: Under the Never Sky (YABBC)
Under the Never Sky by Veronica Rossi
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Publisher: HarperCollins
Source: Borrowed
Pages: 374
Release Date: January 3rd 2012
Series: Under the Never Sky #1
Genres: Dystopia


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 reviewed this for the Young Adult Blogger Book Club.

I am glad so many people picked this book to read for the book club in March because I really don’t think I would have read it otherwise. I guess we all have Rivie to thank for that because she voted for it daily!

UNDER THE NEVER SKY is a dystopian with fantastical elements. Those who do not live in Pods, protected areas where nothing is truly real, are called Outsiders. Some Outsiders have Senses, which mean they have super powered versions of regular human senses like hearing: Audiles, scents: Scires, and vision: Seers.

Perry, one of our protagonists, is an Outsider who is a Scire and a Seer. He is the brother of his Tribe’s leader, Vale, but wishes he could take his place because he believes he can do a better job as a leader-a Blood Lord. We also get into the head of Aria, a Dweller, who lives safely in a Pod until her friends venture out and she follows-intent of finding information on her missing mother.

This is where their paths cross, and things will never be the same for either of them.

Because they come from such different worlds, they have been conditioned to hate and fear each other. This makes their dynamic very interesting, and their connection leads to an unlikely bond. They need each other for more reasons than just finding answers, they give each other hope.

“She absorbed the terror and beauty of him and his world. Of every moment over the past days. All of it, filling her up like the first breath she’d ever taken. And never had she loved life more.”

Although I have no qualms about insta-love here because their relationship developed fairly realistically considering the situation. However, in my opinion, there was no clear part where I thought their relationship really switched from toleration to romance. It was just there all of the sudden.

I loved Perry. He was noble and honorable and selfless, always taking others into account. All of his actions were justified and I felt that he always wanted the best for everyone. I understood and respected his actions much more than Aria’s.

I felt absolutely no connection to her. She seemed cold and distant, not in her actions, but the way she was written. There are numerous deaths in the novel, some of whom are close to her, and yet she only spares a tear or two, and is certainly not torn up about it. Perry definitely made this novel for me.

And Roar. I fell in love with Roar, like everyone else! He was humorous, noble, and open. I really felt for his situation with Perry’s sister, Liv, and I can not wait to read more about the two. Roar is the perfect friend for Perry, and I love reading how they interact with each other and how Roar and Aria get along.

The world building was sketchy, I thought it was highly undeveloped and readers are given very little background on it. I really hope there are more explanations in the sequel, which I will definitely be reading. If the sequel shows improvement, I could really end up loving this series!

24 Responses to “Review: Under the Never Sky (YABBC)”

  1. Chelsea

    Thanks for stopping by my review! I agree with you. I did like the story and I really liked Perry but like you said too, Aria was under-developed and the description of the world was a little lacking. I absolutely loved Roar too! If you haven’t yet, you should read the Roar and Live novella. You will love him even more. Once I finished this, I had to read Through the Ever Night. Here is the link to my review if you want to read it.

  2. Samantha Stewart

    The second book is so much better than the first. You find out a lot more about Liv and I felt that Aria’s character developed a lot more in the second book too. I really loved Roar too! It’s hard not to like him. :)

  3. Megz Madd Readz

    Great review :) I gave this one 5/5 because I absolutely loved it and I’m a dystopian freak lol :) I bought the second one but haven’t gotten a chance to read it yet. Happy reading and looking forward to Beautiful Creatures next month!!

  4. Renu

    I agree about the world building, but I loved this book nevertheless! Roar and Perry are both awesome in their own ways! <3 It's a shame you couldn't connect with Aria, I actually quite liked her. :)

    Great review!

  5. Dianna (Stories After Twelve)

    This is on my TBR ASAP shelf and I just need to find some time to pick this up! I’m so glad you enjoyed this but the world building issues kind of make me cringe. Anyway, I will for sure pick this up as soon as I find the time! Great review! : )

  6. Dena BooksforKids

    I actually had this book out of the library last week. I couldn’t bring myself to pick it up though. I had read too many YA books in a row and the thought of reading one more made my eyes cross! Maybe I’ll give it another try once I’m not tired of YA anymore.

  7. Renae M.

    I definitely agree that the world-building was a bit underdeveloped. If I remember correctly, it was my major complaint with this book. And while I liked Perry and Roar, I also wasn’t super impressed with Aria as a narrating protagonist. She seemed very stiff to me.

  8. rivie bleu

    Lol, I tried to vote every day. I’m glad you enjoyed it, I would have felt bad if it was because of me and no one had liked it. I loved Perry too! I can’t wait to see what happens between them, and if they find what they’re looking for. Aria was weird but there are some things where I know I’m the same way, except for her being all cold and distant.

  9. Judith

    AGREED on the romance. I love that it was no insta love, but it wasn’t really built up either. It was just sort of there. I’m not complaining, since Aria and Perry are a cute couple, but eh. I was definitely a bit surprised. Too bad you didn’t like Aria, though. I think what made this book for me was their the Aria-Perry-Roar friendship, and I liked all three of those characters. And Roar was amazing! I love him – a lot.

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