Saturday, April 12, 2014

Under The Never Sky by Veronica Rossi

Synopsis: "Since she'd been on the outside, she'd survived an Aether storm, she'd had a knife held to her throat, and she'd seen men murdered.

This was worse.

Exiled from her home, the enclosed city of Reverie, Aria knows her chances of surviving in the outer wasteland--known as The Death Shop--are slim. If the cannibals don't get her, the violent, electrified energy storms will. She's been taught that the very air she breathes can kill her. Then Aria meets an Outsider named Perry. He's wild--a savage--and her only hope of staying alive.

A hunter for his tribe in a merciless landscape, Perry views Aria as sheltered and fragile--everything he would expect from a Dweller. But he needs Aria's help too; she alone holds the key to his redemption. Opposites in nearly every way, Aria and Perry must accept each other to survive. Their unlikely alliance forges a bond that will determine the fate of all who live under the never sky."

Title: Under The Never Sky
Series: Under The Never Sky #1
Genre: Romance, Dystopian, Science Fiction, Fantasy
Pages: 374
Ages: 14-17
My Rating: 5 Stars
My Word: Incredible, Fascinating, BeautifulWriting
My Fave Quote(s): (put in throughout review)

Can I just say that the romance part of this book is one of the most beautifully written pieces that I've ever read?

"In the afternoon, they stopped to eat on a rocky outcrop. Perry brushed a kiss on her cheek while she was chewing, and she learned that it was the loveliest thing to be kissed for no reason, even while chewing food. It brightened the woods, and the never sky, and the everything.
Aria embraced this tactic, calling it the Spontaneous Kiss, and soon learned how difficult Scires were to surprise. Whenever she tried the Spontaneous Kiss in return, Perry smiled with heavy-lidded eyes and opened his arms" (327).

I love how Under the Never Sky gradually brought the romance, not all at once, and it's also a perfect blend of romance and dystopia, so it's not a sappy love story or a depressing dystopia!

The three reasons why this story earned my 5 star rating were: the characters, the plot, and the romance.

Let me get this straight: THE CHARACTERS=PERFECTION. I rarely get any books that the characters are so well-developed and unique, and you also like them. Seriously, Perry, Aria, Roar, Vale, Talon, and Cinder were so amazing and totally different which definitely kept the story interesting.

Even the contrast between Perry and Aria was amazing, yet they molded perfectly together. Perry, the scavenge and serious guy whose smile is a rare sight to see, and Aria the sweet, smart, and strong girl who can keep her feelings of guilt and sorrow in without anyone noticing (except Perry of course ;) )

Every story also needs that awesomely funny and you can picture-him-hot guy. In this story, Roar fits that description perfectly. His fun and energetic personality was definitely one of the biggest reasons why I loved this book. Cinder was also a great attachment because I know he foreshadows something in the next two books with his abilities.

The plot was so creative and original. Aria, a Dweller, lives in technological Realms and once she is kicked out into the real world, (AKA the "death shop") she comes across Perry, a Savage who lives in the real world. She is forced to create an alliance with him in order for them both to get what they want. In addition to that awesome plot, Rossi makes the "Savages" have certain marks which determines what sense they are special in. For example, Perry is a Scire because he has a great sense in smell and can even smell people's feelings/emotions which just made the book so much more sexy ;). Not only that, but to add to the suspense, there are these Aether Storms that are fatal and dangerous.

This plot isn't like any other dystopians I've read because it isn't like those "realistic dystopias." It has a mix of fantasy, romance, and science fiction all wrapped into one heavenly awesome book.

One of the most utterly fascinating and beautiful things that I have ever read was the romance in this book and the way Rossi described certain things. This review won't do it justice how beautiful it was. Every little detail Rossi put in fit so perfectly into the book. I love how Veronica made Aria and Perry so completely different, yet they each have a little bit of the other's personality. I couldn't even comprehend my feelings when I read the beautifully pure writing that Rossi created. You could tell the romance had a zen-like simplicity with a touch of desperation the two characters were feeling towards each other. So perfect.

"She absorbed the terror and beauty of him and his world. Of every moment over the past days. All of it, filling her up like the first breath she'd ever taken. And never had she loved life more."

"Roar is very handsome. In Reverie most people look like him. Or close'
'And here you are. Holding hands with a crooked-nose Savage who's been burnt and beaten in-how many places did you count?'
'I've never seen anyone as beautiful as you" (335).

"Your voice sounds like a midnight fire. All warm and worn in and golden. I could listen to you forever.'
'I could never do that.'
She laughed at him. He brought his lips to her ear. 'Your scent is like violets in early spring,' he whispered" (336).


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