Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Review: Under the Never Sky by Veronica Rossi

Under the Never Sky (Under the Never Sky, #1)
Under the Never Sky by Veronica Rossi
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.
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Publishes in US: January 3rd 2012 by HarperCollins
Genre: YA dystopia
Source: library
Series? Yes. 1st in Under the Never Sky. and the 2nd Into the Ever Night are already released. There is a novella 1.5 or 2.5 mid to late 2013. The 3rd book titled Into the Still Blue releases Jan 2014

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   I don't know why I waited so long to read this... (I know Rivie, give it to me) I really liked Aria's spirit. There was just something about her that I appreciated and connected with. I knew that bad things were going to happen to her, but I knew that I would root for her. 
   Aria is such a courageous character, and I appreciate how loyal she is. 
   Perry is awesome. I was a little thrown at first by the abilities and all the talk about scents, but I quickly settled in and understood more about it. I loved his relationship with Talon as well. It shows so much to me about characters in how they act towards children, and he won my heart there quickly. 
    I loved the slow build and intensity of Aria and Perry's relationship. It made me sigh and my heart beat faster.  Their banter and thoughts about each other at first really made me chuckle. But the bond that they formed by working together and learning from each other was awesome. how I think that this illustrates that not all YA love interests are actually drop dead gorgeous, but when you are attracted to someone, you find all of the perfect things about them and they are hot to you. And since I was in Aria's head, that is how I pictured Perry. 
    This is in 3rd person but it didn't take away anything from the story. I still connected with the characters, could feel the power of their emotions (which were beautifully written), and understood their motives. The dual narration took me a bit because at first I wanted to stay in Aria's head, but I really began to appreciate and savor the moments that I got Perry's perspective as well. 
    Roar and Cinder were amazing secondary characters. Roar made me smile and a lot of his lines I laughed out loud and shared with my husband. His teasing nature and openness really shone for me. I also liked what he brought out in Perry--this whole other side of his character. The way they made a team and had each other's backs was superb. 
    The world building was great. I got the information as I needed, and Veronica Rossi has sculpted a dangerous but beautiful world. The set up with the pods, and the aether just blew my mind. I didn't understand the Realms at first, but to really think about the genius she is to come up with the sci-fi elements and how she distinguished living through what equates to virtual reality for the future, and what is on the outside is amazing. 
    The twists really kept me on my toes, and I didn't see most of it coming. And how some of the themes wove together, and circled back really amazed me as well. 
    I read most of this in the car on the way to New Jersey and I begged Allan to find a store to stop at to buy the next one because although the ending wrapped up things pretty well, I just NEEDED more of Aria and Perry. 

Video review: 
Bottom Line: Action packed story with a slow building but breath taking romance.

My question to you, my lovely readers:
Under the dome and safer but controlled or out in the wild, free but in more danger?

53 comments:

  1. So glad you enjoyed this because I'm actually reading it now. Great Review, I've taken my time with this one but your review has given me the motivation carry on.

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  2. If this were me, I probably would have tried to stay in the dome-I'm just not the type to go check dangerous things out. I am not Pandora or Belle, opening the box or exploring the West Wing despite specific prohibitions against it.

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    1. I prb would have too, I like my comfort

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  3. I'm so glad you loved this! I also liked the slow burn on their relationship. Great review! :)

    ~Sara @ Forever 17 Books

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  4. OMG, I know! I loved this book so much. The characters AND the worldbuilding. And even more importantly, the second book was even better, and I never saw that coming.
    I'm glad you enjoyed.
    Great review.

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    1. I know, the 2nd was so emotional and hot, and everything

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  5. Sounds like a read that raises a lot of issues, thanks for recommending it.

    Great question by the way. I think like most people my answer would have to be out in the wild, free but in more danger. Not that too keen on the idea of dangerous living out in the wild but my freedom is important.

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    1. I like my phyical comforts so I don't know that I would explore.

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  6. I'm so glad you enjoyed it!! It was one of the best books I've read it 2012. I agree with you that the world building was very good and clear and that the readers could get the whole picture of it.
    I haven't read the second book yet... I just have so many books to read before I can get to it!!
    I hope you'll like it as much as you liked this one (:

    Sapir @ Diary of a Wimpy Teen Girl

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    1. Its one of my faves def so far this year

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  7. It's really awesome to see how much you loved reading the story! The world setting sounds fascinating and it's always wonderful to learn that you could feel the power of the emotions of the characters even when the story is delivered in third person POV. For me, I guess I'd opt for safety as I'm not physically fit to venture in the wild but in an imaginary world, I think I'd pick the option to be free :)

    I'll look forward to reading your review on the sequel!

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    1. The world, character and emotions were great

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  8. Glad you loved it, I did too. The first chapter didn't pull me in and then the rest of the story was like "wow!" Hope the next one is as good - I've certainly heard that it is :)

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  9. Lol, glad you liked it then. I kept voting for it at the YABBC so you'd think I would have liked it more. But it was different than I expected, I still liked it and I love Perry as well and Roar is very funny. But Aria was a little weird lol, though I know I connected with her sometimes. That's interesting, but I don't think the people inside the Pods were actually living, so I wouldn't like that. They just did what they were told, but outside it looks very dangerous, but they manage to survive. I think I'd pick the outside.

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    1. Yeah, they were def living a sheltered half life

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  10. If I could be with Perry and Roar, I would take out in the wild!
    So glad you loved this. It is such an amazing series!

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  11. I am like you, I have read so many spectacular reviews and I have not read this yet and I know I will kick myself when I do. I want to meet Perry and Roar and check out the world building! Hmm... Safety or the wild... if it means freedom, the wild!

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    1. Well, since you're waiting you should until the next comes out so you don't have to wait in agony like us :)

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  12. I do love my dystopian books :D

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  13. Ahh, I am so glad you loved this! I agree that Roar was an amazing character. He really made me laugh. <3 Aria and Perry were pretty awesome too, and I know how you feel. The ending left me wanted more, too! The sequel is just as good, trust me. Wonderful review! <3

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    1. I read it last month, but my review isn't for a bit.

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  14. I so knew you would enjoy this :D I really enjoyed this book! I really need to hurry and read the second installment. Awesome review Brandi :)

    Janina @ Synchronized Reading

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    1. Oh, yes there is awesomeness waiting for you

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  15. I heard so many great things about this book I'm glad you liked it that much too. it sounds nice. hope the second is as good.

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  16. LOL, Rivie was the one who made me read this as well! She's like the UNDER THE NEVER SKY spokesperson. I gave it four stars because I really didn't like Aria, but I loved everything else! I would totally pick out in the wild, at least you have some power to protect you and you can learn to adapt.

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    1. Yep, it was great watching Aria learn to adapt

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  17. I love this series!!! So glad you liked it, I hear the second book is even better :)

    - Judith

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  18. OMG, I am so excited to read this one. You make it sound wonderful. Awesome world and characters it sounds like. Great review.

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  19. I really liked this book but I read it at a time were I was reading several other dystopians so it didn't' stand out a lot to me.

    The characters were so great though that I might read it again along with book #2

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    1. Ah, I can see how that could easily happen when so many dystopias blend together.

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  20. I really really really need to find the time for this book. I have heard nothing but good things. Great review

    Teresa @ Readers Live A Thousand Lives

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  21. I LOVE this series!

    I'll take outside if I can have a Perry! Can I have a Perry? Please?

    Heather
    Glad to see you so excited about this series. Loved your video review!

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    1. You'll have to fight me for Perry girlfriend :)

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  22. I LOVED this one too, Brandi! I thought Perry's gift of scent was so sensual when it came to Aria!I love the gradual build of their romance. The second one is just as good if not better! I hope you love it too. Can't wait to see what you think. Wonderful review. :)

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  23. When I read this I wasn't blown away. I liked it, but I didn't LOVE it. However it's one that really stuck with me. I couldn't stop thinking about it and it grew on me more and more. And actually I think it became one that I loved even though it took some time. I have the second one and am super anxious to read it!

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    1. I am still thinking about it and itching to get the 3rd

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  24. I have been waiting to read this one as well. I keep seeing it and don't think I've seen one bad review about it, but for some reason it just hasn't made it from my shelf to my hands yet. You've done a great review here. Definitely wanting to get my hands on it soon. Thank you so much for sharing! Jaclyn @ JC's Book Haven.

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  25. Ah, I loved Under the Never Sky! Definitely would choose to be free. I won the second book and am waiting to get a chance to read it. Thanks for stopping by my TT!

    Tressa @ Tressa's Wishful Endings

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  26. Yay! Amazing review sweetie. <3 I'm so so so glad you loved this book :D I did too. It's just so amazing. And oh. Perry. <3 Love love love. I think you'll love the second book as well :) I'm just dying for the third one. <3

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  27. I so agree with your review. I haven't read anything in the series other than this book, but I'm looking forward to more!

    - Jessica @ Book Sake

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  28. This is an awesome book, isn't it? I absolutely loved this one and I am so happy you did too. Wonderful review.

    Jenea @ Books Live Forever

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  29. I don't know how I haven't read this one yet either!! I've been meaning to, I swear, but I still can't seem to find the time. It really does sound fantastic - I love your descriptions of the romance and the world building!

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  30. Love this series! I think the sequel was even better than the first and I rarely feel that way. Can't wait for the next book!

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  31. Roar!! You get a lot more of him in book two and it's awesome. He is one of my favorites!

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  32. I started reading this book yesterday =) I'm at the very beginning, but I love it so much! It's fascinating and magical. Can't wait to read more adventures of Aria and Perry!

    Marlene Detierro (Cash Advance Fee)

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