Kindle Edition, 374 pages
Published January 3rd 2012 by HarperCollins
original title Under the Never Sky
edition language English
series Under the Never Sky #1
characters Aria, Peregrine "Perry", Roar, Cinder
literary awardsGoodreads Choice Nominee for Best Young Adult Fantasy & Science Fiction (2012)
other editions (45)
Source:Kindle version borrowed from Public Library
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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
The first book in a captivating trilogy, Veronica Rossi’s enthralling debut sweeps you into an unforgettable adventure.
For a few years have read rave reviews of this first in a trilogy by an author never read by me, finally was able to borrow a digital copy from my library and see what everyone else was so enamored of.
As a fan of all things dystopian the premise drew me in, even while at times the different factions get confusing to keep up with you never lose sight of the main theme of the story nor do you get bogged down with information overload which is always a worry when starting a book that sets up a brand new world and it’s characters.
You never know what kind of conveniences in your life truly make it comfortable until they no longer exist, for Aria her eyes are opened quickly when confronted with the reality of being outside the pod that she had grown up in.
Perry has never known a day that did not involve struggling for his existence, when he an Aria find themselves as unlikely allies he can no more understand her former life than she understands his. All that becomes secondary as they learn to work together, facing danger together they forge a bond that takes them both by surprise. A bond that changes everything the two were taught as well as changes the future to come for those they both care for.
This was certainly one to ponder, especially in the world we live in today with all the technological devices we depend on in our daily lives.
My interest is peaked now if only the library had book 2 available at the moment would read it next to see what befalls Aria and Perry and the rest.