Monday, January 9, 2012

Review: Under the Never Sky

Under The Never SkyUnder The Never Sky
by Veronica RossiReleased 1.3.2012
Publisher Harper Collins
Aria is a teenager in the enclosed city of Reverie. Like all Dwellers, she spends her time with friends in virtual environments, called Realms, accessed through an eyepiece called a Smarteye. Aria enjoys the Realms and the easy life in Reverie. When she is forced out of the pod for a crime she did not commit, she believes her death is imminent. The outside world is known as The Death Shop, with danger in every direction. As an Outsider, Perry has always known hunger, vicious predators, and violent energy storms from the swirling electrified atmosphere called the Aether. A bit of an outcast even among his hunting tribe, Perry withstands these daily tests with his exceptional abilities, as he is gifted with powerful senses that enable him to scent danger, food and even human emotions. They come together reluctantly, for Aria must depend on Perry, whom she considers a barbarian, to help her get back to Reverie, while Perry needs Aria to help unravel the mystery of his beloved nephew’s abduction by the Dwellers. Together they embark on a journey challenged as much by their prejudices as by encounters with cannibals and wolves. But to their surprise, Aria and Perry forge an unlikely love - one that will forever change the fate of all who live UNDER THE NEVER SKY.

My Thoughts on Under the Never Sky:

     Under The Never Sky (UTNS) was such an amazing story! With one of the first released of the new year that I read and loved I was totally swept away in this futurist tale of love and loss. Veronica Rossi has created an unbelievable powerhouse in her pair of characters that will get readers lost in the pages.

     Aria just wanted to talk to her mom, and then her world ended. Aria lives in one of a series of self contained PODS that humans created to life in after they destroyed their world. While living in this sterile and controlled world Aria knew nothing of how her future would be cast, and cast she was, right out of the POD and into the open Death Shop land of the Savages.

     Peregrine is a Blood Lord tribe leader's brother who wants to save his people and his nephew. As the Aether churns in the sky Perry realizes that his future is away from his brother's lands just after all he loves is taken away in the form of his brother's son by the POD hovercraft. What will the meaning of this POD people intervention be to the future of Perry and his people.

     Once Perry and Aria meet up in the deadly wasteland that is the future, their lives change forever as the Aether flows under the never sky and a breath of the world never can take on a whole new meaning into the lives of two people as they struggle to survive and save each other.

     Rossi paired these two characters together into a world torn apart and into a civilization on the brink of destroying itself yet again. While slow to start UTNS will grasp readers as this pair fight for what is right and true and their songs will be sung on the winds of Aether. A whole new cast in a whole new world of possibilities.

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