Release Date: January 3rd 2012
Series: Under the Never Sky #1
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 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!