Monday 28 January 2013

UNDER THE NEVER SKY by Veronica Rossi

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 the only person who can keep her alive.
And if they can survive, they are each other's best hope for finding answers.

As soon as I started this book, I was hooked...

Aria has lived her whole life behind the protective walls of Reverie, but when her mother goes missing she decides to hang out with a dangerous guy who she hopes might be able to answer a few questions. Instead, she ends up being attacked by this guy and saved by a Savage. Only to find herself thrown out of the dome's safety and dumped in a wasteland she knows nothing about.
Perry lives on the Outside, and is part of a tribe led by his older brother. He's not happy with the way things are run, but stays because of his sick nephew, Talon. The day Talon is taken from him, Perry knows he can't rest until he finds him, and in the process crosses paths with the Dweller girl he saved.
Together, they strike up a deal and agree to help each other. Neither one likes the other much because they are worlds apart and have been raised to despise what they don't understand, but during their adventure something shifts between them. 
The story is told in the POV of both Aria and Perry, which is fantastic because we share their lives in a very intimate way and know what's really in their hearts when they're trying so hard to keep it from each other. Their independent and mutual growth develops so well, you can't help but be swept away by what's going on.
Under the Never Sky is an amazing book! I loved everything about it. The main characters were flawed, yet brave and so determined in their separate quests. The secondary characters are just as intriguing. The worldbuilding is fantastic and described so well I could feel the Aether as violently as they did. The world these characters live in is brutal. And the unexpected secrets just rounded off a perfect tale!
I've got the next book already, so I can't wait to see what happens next...

Under the Never Sky, January 2013, ISBN 9780349001487, Atom

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