Sunday, February 23, 2014

Under the Never Sky by Veronica Rossi

Under the Never Sky by Veronica Rossi--4 STARS 

Under the Never Sky (Under the Never Sky, #1)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.

Overall- I was really surprised by this one. I bought this a while back, and let it collect dust until finally one day I decided I'd give it a try after hearing good things about it. And boy was I surprised. This was such a good book!! Did I love it? No. But I really liked it. The beginning of this book is what I struggled with the most, and there were some pieces in the middle/end that confused me, where I felt like there wasn't as much closure or explanation as I would have liked. In the end though, I found myself really loving the book, and unable to put it down. The world building was great, by the time I was in the outside world I could see it and I feel like the characters experience quite a bit of growth. Learning from one another and eventually becoming better people. 

Cover --Intriguing
Rating: PG 13 
Overall: Pleasantly Surprised and interesting! 
Characters: Aria and Perry 
Page Turner: YES
Series Cont.?  Yes 
Book Boyfriend: Perry
Genre: Dystopian Young Adult 
Sex Scenes: Nope
Setting Dystopian world 

Plot--In the beginning I was not sure how this would all play out, where was the author going and how would we get there. The whole idea seemed so strange. But I finally managed to let go of reality and live in this world that the author created. Once I did that I was fully engaged. I grew very attached to the characters and invested in where their relationship was going (not necessarily romantically but in general). The pacing at first felt a little slow, and it seemed as though the plot was not going anyway. Eventually though the pieces started falling into place, and the action and adventure began. Once Aria and Perry were on their way the book became extremely intriguing and interesting. I was blown away by the world building by the author, she did a fantastic job of creating this alternate place, creatures, and disturbing people. I was really pleased with the ending, I felt it was a really "nice" way to end a book where the series will continue. Always leave me wanting more, but don't make me beg. 
Shay Mitchell as Aria 

Characters-- These characters played really well into one another, which the author did with what felt like great ease. Aria and Perry started as enemies and strangers, but as they learned more about one another they learned more about themselves, eventually figuring out who they really are and possibly what they really want. Both Aria and Perry end up going after what they want, even though the ending is not perfect, its perfect for this story, that ultimately is just beginning. 

Aria--Aria starts off so innocent, naive and confused with the way of the world she found herself in. What I iced most about her though was her strength and passion. I loved reading the different perspectives because I got to see certain things in different ways. For instance, when Aria walks and walks causing painful blisters she never once complains to Perry, but internally, the reader hears how much pain she's in. Perry sees this as beauty and strength, without this additional information, I may have found her to be annoying with her complaints, yet with Perry's insert I was able to see how selfless she was being. By the end of the novel she has truly grown, she is not nearly as innocent or naive and has become stronger mentally and physically. She has blossomed in so many ways and I felt like it was completely natural. 
Luke Mitchell as Perry 

Perry- Oh Perry. I found myself really annoyed with him at first, but thats intentional. He's not that likable before we get to know him and his ways, his reasons for thinking and believing certain things. Over the course of the book though, his pessimism eases and he begins to see beauty where he used to see pain. Perry's struggle was that he never trusted anyone, and felt like he had to look out for himself. And just like I was happy to see his perspective on Aria, I was happy to see Aria's perspective on Perry. At times, with Aria I felt like he was being such a jerk, but once I was in Perrys head, I could completely understand why he said or did certain things. I appreciated that the author was able to intertwine and integrate the plot, emotions, characters and storyline so flawlessly to make me fall in love with the story, and these characters. 

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