Author- Veronica Rossi
Page count- 374
Publication date- February 7th 2012
Her whole life Aria has known nothing but the digital world of Reverie, exploring any world she can imagine with a single thought. And what lies beyond closed doors has never phased her, what’s real life when you can go from sitting in a saloon to exploring space in the blink of an eye. But when her mother goes missing and Aria is forced to leave the confines of Reverie her chances of survival look slim.
Then Aria meets Perry, an outsider and her only hope for survival. Luckily he is also searching for someone and could use Aria’s help. Together they must put their differences aside as their best hope for answers may lie within each other.
Like many others, I heard of this book purely through a spike in the number of people reading it and therefore the number of people talking about it and as I had just finished reading Ignite me and I was very depressed due to the poor quality of the book I was looking for a book to get me out of my funk?? (do people still use that word??) and Under the Never Sky definitely succeeded.
Under the never sky is set in a post-apocalyptic world in which we have two kinds of humans, people who live in the pods (dwellers as they are called) and the outsiders, who being adapted to the harsh realities of the outside world have developed heightened senses.
“She knew how to put one foot in front of the other even when every step hurt. And she knew there was pain in the journey, but there was also great beauty. She'd seen it standing on rooftops and in green eyes and in the smallest, ugliest rock.”
Veronica Rossi’s portrayal of the characters for me was very realistic and true to the situations they were in and the fast paced nature of the book made it an interesting read. As for the characters, the book is told in dual points of view, Aria and Perry’s. Aria I found was a very strong minded character who I warmed to very early on. Likewise Perry’s character was easy to fall in Love with too, being physically strong but also very emotional and at times quite a vulnerable character. The romance between the two was gradual and followed the natural flow of the story, it didn't feel rushed or forced and ultimately what I loved most was these two very clear focused characters were not prepared to end it all in love; they have specific goals which they recognise that they have to achieve first before they can commit themselves to each other.