Review: Under the Never Sky by Veronica Rossi

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Synopsis:

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.

 

Review:

I read Under the Never Sky a couple of weeks ago and I keep putting off writing and posting a review. Why? Because *cringe* I was less than thrilled with the book.

I hate writing reviews when I can’t give the book 4 or 5 stars. This one barely pulled off a 3 for me.

There were definitely things I liked about the book. It was a quick and fairly engaging read.  The concept sucked me in and kept me interested, even when other things fell flat for me. Under the Never Sky had a great premise. I loved the idea of  the world created by Veronica Rossi. The idea of Dwellers who live under domes to protect them from the elements vs. Outsiders (those who live outside of the domes and the society the Dwellers have created). I think that this world could have been developed a bit more, but I won’t hold that against it too much because it might be further developed in the 2nd and 3rd novels.

I love that the Outsiders have developed super senses that some of them have. Perry is a Scire (he has the sense of super smell) and is able to see incredibly well in the dark. I have no idea how these abilities developed (it’s never really explained), but I can assume that they are mutations that are passed through genetics. I would have liked to learn more about these abilities and where they come from. I would have even liked to see more of them in action.

The biggest thing that was lacking for me was the characters and their development. Roar was easily my favorite character and while he was only in a fraction of the novel I feel like we know and understand more about him than we do either Aria or Perry. I loved his friendships with the other characters and his humor brought a nice bit of relief to the book. Aria bored the hell out of me. I understood that she was from a very sheltered and controlled society, but she was unable to do anything for herself throughout the majority of the book. While I was less annoyed with her by the end, her character didn’t develop nearly enough to keep me interested. I didn’t mind Perry as a character, but the romance between him and Aria was forced and awkward to say the least. It seemed as if he went from disliking her intensely to having feelings for her at the drop of a hat. And there is that being able to smell when she is on her period thing… weird and gross.

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(Did anyone else picture Brick from Anchorman here?)

Was Under the Never Sky a bad book? Not at all. There were definitely things I liked about it. It just didn’t live up to the hype for me. I was disappointed.

Will I pick up the second and third books? Maybe. But I’m not in a rush to read them.

3/5 stars

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