ERMAGHERD! How have I not read Under The Never Sky by Veronica Rossi until now? You guys this BOOK IS TOO LEGIT TO QUIT. For reals, I pretty much want to take my early 2012 self and kick her in the behind for waiting so freaking long to read Under The Never Sky. Oh my god. I am kind of a gibbering mess, but you know what, it’s all good because my gibbering conveys all of THE FEELS I FELT while reading this book, I hope.
H’okay, how do I start to describe the plot of Under The Never Sky to you without dropping spoilers all over the place. ALRIGHT SO, the book starts off with main character Aria, a 17 year old girl who lives in a dome, going into a wild pod where they grow food as an adventure to convince this one boy with connections to give her information about another dome called Bliss. Aria wants information about Bliss because her mother, a geneticist is there doing work but the two have not communicated in FOREVER because the communication link between the other pods and Bliss is down.
SO, while on the adventure, the boy, Soren – FYI he’s a total douche, starts a fire which spreads. Aria escapes with the help of an Outsider who has snuck in. FYI — Outsiders are not liked by people who live within the dome. AND THEN some things happen and Aria is kicked out of the dome and she runs smack into the Outsider who is a little bit wild. His name is Perry and he is HER ONLY HOPE OF SURVIVAL. And conspiracies. That’s kind of the plot in a nutshell of few spoilers.
Aria is true blue and the real deal. She starts off kind of a petulant teenager and the flashback interactions with her mom are sad because like she doesn’t know her communication with her mom is just going to cut off and I know I was all ARIA CHILL OUT STOP WITH BEING A BRAT PLEASE. Also, she’s kind of rude to Perry. HOWEVER, girl is pretty freakin’ fierce for being dropped out in the wilderness for the first time with no survival skills. I loved seeing her get stronger and seeing her work at becoming a SURVIVOR NOT GONNA GIVE UP (Destiny’s Child, holla)!
Then, okay, I would be remiss if I did not go into depth on the other main, point of view character of Under The Never Sky by Veronica Rossi – Peregrine, also called Perry. He’s all untamed and wild and spoiling for a fight. He also has two super enhanced senses that help him and his tribe survive through these things called Aether storms which are the result of a destroyed environment. Basically, he comes across to me as a fully-realized character in that he’s got a good side but he also has faults and the author does not gloss over the faults to make him into some neutered guy that readers are supposed to swoon over. AND IN FACT, I never dreaded his chapters or was like come on let’s get back to Aria’s side, like I do in some multiple narration books.
Y’all, one of the absolute highlights of Veronica Rossi’s debut novel was the world building. Seriously, THERE ARE DOMES. And you know exactly how I feel about domes. ALSO. She does sociology quite well in that there are clear social groupings in the domes AND on the outside and some interesting origins of the different groups — like the Croven who are these cannibals and totally gross, but totally fascinating. AND I love the idea of people consistently being on the move and kind of starving because of these aether storms that mess with the environment and the shelter that people take. AND ALSO reading about how people survive in the wilderness and how some are born with different enhanced superhuman senses that totally help. IT IS AWESOME.
Raise your hands up to the ceiling if you are like I am so sick of characters who take one look and are in love! YES YES. That is my mantra right now. And so in a slew of crappy, boring books, Under The Never Sky was like a beacon of hope that enjoyable YA is still being written (well obvi it is, I’ve just been on a roll of awful). You guys, I could totally get down with this form of romance. Perry and Aria kind of really strongly dislike each other, but tolerate each other AT FIRST because each one has something the other person wants. THEN THEN THEN. OVER TIME IT TURNS INTO SLOW BURN MELTY PANTS ACTION AND I AM LIKE GET IT GIRLLLLLL.
Obviously, all of these capslock sentences should totally convince you that you need to read Under The Never Sky by Veronica Rossi. EVEN IF YOU ARE TUCKERED WITH DYSTOPIAS. This book is fantastic, with great characters and interesting voices. Plus, the world, THE WORLD. I figure if I repeat myself enough with caps you will just magically understand my point or it will sink in that Under The Never Sky was totally a slump-busting read, worthy of getting in before 2012 ends.
Disclosure: Received for review a super long time ago.
Other reviews of Under The Never Sky by Veronica Rossi:
Anna Reads – “I was swept away in the adventure, suspense and romance”
The Perpetual Page Turner – “fast-paced, highly imaginative and made for one exhilarating ride.”