Under the Never Sky (Under the Never Sky Series #1)

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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...

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Overview

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.

In her enthralling debut, Veronica Rossi sends readers on an unforgettable adventure set in a world brimming with harshness and beauty.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
“Savage” tribesman Perry rescues the effete Pod-dweller Aria in Rossi’s dystopian debut about an ecological apocalypse. Earth is now ravaged by Aether storms, from which the Dwellers are insulated—at the cost of all freedoms. Aria is cast out of this refuge after a venture into a forbidden greenhouse, where she first meets Perry. The Outsider tribes live exposed to the horrifically magnified elements and suffer from mutations as well as the privations of their Stone Age culture. Predictable culture clashes ensue as Perry introduces Aria to his primitive lifestyle, though Rossi does have some interesting ideas. The Dwellers are kept passive by an elaborate virtual construct called “the Realms,” but aside from a few brief scenes, the Realms are merely referred to, not depicted. The focus is on Aria’s response to life in “the real” (and, of course, to Perry), and it’s hard to warm up to either. Violent death is endemic to both cultures, and in the tradition of H.G. Wells, neither the Eloi-like Dwellers nor the Morlock-like Outsider tribes are terribly appealing. Agent: Adams Literary. Ages 14–up. (Jan.)
VOYA - Cynthia Winfield
When Aria, seventeen, a Dweller from the main pod of Reverie—a community formed during the Unity for inhabitants' safety— is expelled and abandoned to the Death Shop, her future appears bleak until rescue comes via Peregrine, a Savage or Outsider. Each has something the other wants; they strike an uneasy truce before journeying across dangerous wastelands on a quest. The story unfolds in a grippingly dystopian future, where heavens roil with the electrical Aether and occasionally rain funnels fire onto the ground; where Outsiders battle daily for survival—those Marked with a dominant Sense have some advantage; and where Dwellers enjoy easy comfort with abundant food and endless entertainment in virtual Realms—accessed with thought through the Smarteye device worn by all inhabitants. "Better than Real," the Realms offer richly vibrant sensory experiences in multi-dimensional virtual worlds, preferable to the Middle Gray of pod life. Contrasts between the Dwellers' carefully engineered existence and the Outsiders' primitive battles for survival, where even mating is left to chance, illustrate the divergent path each culture took and allow readers to compare these with 21st-century life and contemplate the consequences of present day decisions. The interwoven narratives of both male and female protagonists offer broad appeal; the plot allows for a sequel set in a rumored location with visible skies called the Still Blue. Already selling in more than twenty countries and with film rights optioned by Warner Bros. Entertainment, Rossi's first novel has the potential to be a blockbuster. Libraries, stock up to meet circulation demand. Reviewer: Cynthia Winfield
Kirkus Reviews
Debut author Rossi creates a dystopian world in which a teenage girl loses her home but finds truth, love and identity. Aria has grown up in a Pod, where life is highly regulated and technology has eliminated many of life's pains and inconveniences. Dwellers lead sheltered, insulated lives in the Pod, enjoying protection from the often treacherous and always unpredictable Aether forces in the sky. They also revel in endless virtual joy rides accessible through devices all Dwellers have. Rossi seamlessly intertwines Aria's journey with that of Peregrine, a teenage boy who has grown up outside of a Pod, an Outsider, in what the Dwellers consider perilous wastelands where humans live without the gadgets Dwellers depend upon. Ruling authorities banish Aria from the Pod, and Rossi nails the feat of offering dual perspectives from Aria and Perry as they help one another on separate quests that turn out to have unexpected connections. Though an Outsider and what Dwellers consider a savage, Peregrine, who possesses preternatural gifts and comes from a ruling family in his tribe, earns not only Aria's respect and admiration, but also her heart. Rossi grounds her worldbuilding in language, creating idioms for the Dwellers and Outsiders that add texture to their respective myths; her characters are brave and complex and her prose smooth and evocative. Inspired, offbeat and mesmerizing. (Science fiction. 12 & up)
Justine
“Will capture your imagination and your heart.”
Booklist
“Fans of The Hunger Games will cheer Aria’s gradual, warrior-like transformation over the course of the novel. Perry is an enigmatic figure whose past emerges slowly and whose strength of character is only amplified by his flaws.”
The Horn Book
“Aria is a memorable protagonist as she battles her own shortcomings with the same ferocity as she fights for the lives of those she loves. The world itself-sharply divided into garishly surreal Realms, cozy Pods, and harsh, unforgiving outside-is as creatively and lavishly developed as the characters themselves.”
Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books
"Refreshing. Exhilarating. Rossi unravels the world’s secrets, perils, and wonders with a sure hand."
Seventeen.com
“An incredibly original plot. You won’t be able to put this book down…we can’t wait for the next installment in the trilogy!”
Justine
“Will capture your imagination and your heart.”
Examiner.com
“An unforgettable dystopian masterpiece.”
The Bulletin for the Center for Children's Books
“Refreshing. Exhilarating. Rossi unravels the world’s secrets, perils, and wonders with a sure hand.”
Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books
“Refreshing. Exhilarating. Rossi unravels the world’s secrets, perils, and wonders with a sure hand.”
Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books
“Refreshing. Exhilarating. Rossi unravels the world’s secrets, perils, and wonders with a sure hand.”
School Library Journal
Gr 7 Up—Aria has lived her entire life in the domed city of Reverie. As the story opens, she is sneaking into a restricted area with the security chief's son, Soren, in hopes that he will be able to help her reach her scientist mother, with whom she has lost contact. The son turns strangely violent and Aria only survives his attack by the timely intervention of Peregrine, one of the "Savages" from outside the dome. In order to keep her quiet, Soren's father casts her into the outside world to die. She is saved again by Peregrine, who is on his own quest to rescue his nephew from dome "Dweller" kidnappers. Though from different worlds, the two must work together if they are to prevail in the wilderness. Rossi's novel transcends the bleak category of dystopias to which it technically belongs. There is a luminescence to her characters and world that denies the grim realities of environmental degradation, domed cities, genetic disease, and roaming bands of cannibals. The almost-magical senses that Peregrine and Aria possess allow Rossi to expand her descriptive palette beyond the mundane spectrum to create truly wondrous images. Her action sequences are cinematic in feel while her romance builds from tentative feelings to a powerful bond between Aria and Peregrine. The hopeful ending leaves room for but doesn't necessitate a sequel. Although this is a first novel, it comes across as the work of a master craftsman and should appeal to both teen and adult readers far beyond dystopia fans. Film rights optioned by Warner Bros.—Eric Norton, McMillan Memorial Library, Wisconsin Rapids, WI
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780062072030
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 1/3/2012
  • Series: Under the Never Sky Series , #1
  • Pages: 376
  • Sales rank: 98,359
  • Age range: 14 - 17 Years
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.30 (h) x 1.20 (d)

Meet the Author

Veronica Rossi

Veronica Rossi graduated from UCLA and studied fine art at California College of the Arts in San Francisco. She began writing fiction for teens and received first-place awards in the Pacific Northwest Writers Association and SouthWest Writers annual contests before completing Under the Never Sky. It’s since captivated publishers in more than twenty countries worldwide and been optioned for film by Warner Bros. Veronica lives in northern California with her husband and two sons.

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  • Posted January 2, 2012

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    5 STARS

    Under The Never Sky is the BEST opener to the coming New Year!! It renders you speechless in how great it is! I LOVE LOVE LOVE IT!
    Right from the very first pages you will know that you would have to cancel your daily chores and activities and cuddle up to this book. Because it will grab your attention from start to finish! Expect sleepless nights!
    Aria is a character that you can easily find yourself wanting to be friends with. At first you'd think she's nothing more than a sheltered brat wanting her mother, but as she goes through her journey to seek the truth and in finding her mom she tremendously matures right before your eyes.
    I enjoyed that in the beginning Perry was repulsed by Aria; not only in her actions but by her smell. That was hilarious when I first read it. It's great when the leading male doesn't fall for the leading gal right away. I also loved how blunt Perry was with his words even though he doesn't say much. He never held back in fear of hurting her feelings, and Aria would just take it without sulking.
    The story is told in the point of views of Aria and Perry. They go hand in hand in telling their part in their journey. Never missing a step from each other and not having you skip a beat on what's going on. Veronica Rossi has done a fine job in getting you in the mindset of 'Under The Never Sky'. I cried when it came to it, and I screamed at characters I wanted beaten. The descriptions of the 'PODS', Aether, surroundings, and just everything wasn't lacking or overly done. There was balance, and I guess that's what made me enjoy the story a lot.
    The ending is such a TEASE!! When I got to the last page my heart sunk. I can't believe it is just coming into release! I don't know how I can hold over till Book #2 =)
    Under The Never Sky by Veronica Rossi is a MUST READ DEBUT!! A definite 2012 favorite!!

    44 out of 46 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 11, 2012

    After reading The Hunger Games trilogy I was looking for somethi

    After reading The Hunger Games trilogy I was looking for something just as gritty with the underlying romantic element that I crave. Amazon recommended this book to me to fill the Hunger Games void...but now I'm finding that I need something to fill the chasm that Under the Never Sky left! The characters were likable and had real flaws that they had to work out. The relationships were heartfelt and believable, and I could not get enough of the love game between the leads. As for the writing, it was beautifully crafted between the two perspectives and it was cleverly handled so there was minimal overlap and absolutely zero gaps. All in all, this was an exciting adventure and I cannot wait for the second book!!

    22 out of 25 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 22, 2012

    WOW

    This book is AMAZINGGGGG One of the best books ive read n a while! Tbh, i was really reluctant to start, fearing another utopia cliche,but... woah.this blew my expectations outa the water!! I was hooked in a way i havent been in a long time from the first pg and never ever ever everrrrr got bored or skipped a paragraph. LOVED EVERY SECOND OF IT. If u no whats good 4 u, ull check it out.

    14 out of 17 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 9, 2012

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    Highly Recommended Dystopian/Romance

    Characters- I like Aria from the start. She was determined to get answers from people who might have them so she used her singing abilities to her advantage. When things went awry, she took charge and tried to find a way out. When she has to tell her story, she does, even though it may condemn her. And when she finds herself alone outside of the safety of Reverie, she doesn't sit down and have a pity fest. I would have the biggest sob fest ever and wait to die. But she gets up and looks for a way back to where she thinks she can find her mother. I like this character very much! I like Perry as much as I like Aria. He's not nice to her, but that's not really his way. Being nice is not a survival skill and that's what it takes to live outside. He takes Aria's insults really well when I'm sure he'd like to backhand her. And he has a slow growing admiration for her which is well deserved. He makes no allowances for her, makes her keep up, but he also feeds her and clothes her. It's more than I would do for the enemy. The Writing and Storyline- The story is told with one chapter narrated in Aria's point of view and the other Perry's. I loved it being written this way. I love knowing what's going on in both characters minds instead of having to guess what the other character is thinking and feeling. It makes me feel more a part of the story. I got so involved with this one I had to read it straight through. The writing is neither spare nor overly descriptive but perfect for each scene or character. Each word was chosen carefully, even the names Aria, who has a singing voice like an opera diva and Perry or Peregrine who has the sight and smell of a master hunter, the falcon. Reverie was like a dream land, unrealistic in that you couldn't feel, didn't even touch. Touch was so foreign to Aria that she was repulsed by it, even from her mother. I loved this story, this coming from a reader that says she doesn't like dystopians. I'll have to change my opinion as this and other stories have proven me wrong. Under the Never Sky was like nothing I've read before. The world was brutal, yet softened by the love between Aria and Perry, which only happened maybe in the last third of the book. But they took care of each other, helped each other and their feelings grew slowly over time. I guess I fell in love with the characters, individually and as a couple. Aria is strong, never helpless, yet doesn't refuse help when offered. Perry is confused by his feelings, but follows through on them, he doesn't deny them, he even cries and is thought none the less for it by Aria.

    14 out of 16 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 20, 2012

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    An Aurora Borealis of a Book ~ Wonderful !

    My heart is still beating fast after having just put down this book. It is a mixed bag of a novel, so hold on to your horses as I try to convey to you what you might hope to find in it!


    This isn't a book you can just breeze into and expect to put nothing into to get something out of. It's a book that demands a little thinking and some work on our part. In most cases I can only understand that if I think the author warrants that kind of respect. That is; if after having read a chapter or so of her work, I feel I can allow her a piece of my time. Or, if I know the author from reading one of her previous works. I found Veronica Rossi to be a respectable author, I allowed her the time.


    Having said that, if you will allow for the ground work that must be laid for the story, you will be drawn into a multifaceted tale of dystopian terror and survival...wilderness and survival...and hope for a future of survival. It's also a romantic love story with burrs. It's edgy and hard sometimes, and I loved the rough characters with their savage hearts. Beautifully written, imaginative and explosive dystopian novel with a heart!


    Rossi has an amazing ability to imagine a world where one segment of mankind is encapsulated in technology for survival, never actually living in a real world anymore, and one segment is left to survive with their wits and instincts in a somewhat failing environment; both, subjected to natural catastrophes that can't be controlled: vicious weather patterns and viral strains that travel and mutate through the air. Of course, as in many dystopian novels, we can only imagine what has caused this breakdown in the world's environment. (Note to Selves!)


    What kept me glued to the pages of this book was my love for the female character Rossi created. Aria, the young girl who is thrown from her safe "Dweller's" environment, into the "Death Shop" to die or survive, is a fabulous creation. She's wise, brave and quick-witted, learning how to survive with the help of Perry, an Outsider "Savage," who begrudgingly becomes her companion in a chase to return to her Pod. She wants to find her mother, and he wants to get his nephew back. Aria maintains a sense of herself and her independence though she's far outside her element. She's never been on the "outside," and she's never felt pain or experienced fear before. She learns survival skills willingly and with dedication in an effort to help others and to get back home. Rossi brings us through the awakening of Aria as a young woman and a warrior. She's the Eve of a Brave New World.


    It's always such a joy ride for me when I find an author who champions a young woman as a strong warrior, one who is easily as capable or more so, than her male companions. Aria is also a gifted singer, and she has the heart of a woman. Her love, courage and perseverance made this novel enjoyable for me. I found myself cheering for her all the way. Wondering if I would have been as strong in her circumstances. Fearing I wouldn't be.

    Without exception Rossi's characters are fascinating and freakishly loveable. It's not surprising that Hollywood would be knocking at her door for a chance to cast the lot. This would make a fantastic movie with an outstanding story such as this to showcase.

    If you can be patient enough to get the details of the worlds you'll be entering at the front of the novel, it will take you to a place yo

    13 out of 17 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 8, 2012

    Beyond Loved It!

    This was a really amazing book. It kept me reading for hours without putting it down. This is NOT just a quick beach read it's well written, exiting, interesting, and so much more. I can't wait to see if there will be a second, I hope so!

    11 out of 12 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 5, 2012

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    Imagination plus! An original plot, to be sure, a futuristic wor

    Imagination plus! An original plot, to be sure, a futuristic world is where Aria lives in a pod, a technology-filled compound, but is not a wimp. Perry lives outside, unprotected, fighting to survive tribe wars and the elements. His past comes through slowly revealing flaws but has a remarkable strength of character. If you are looking for “different”, you can’t get more different than this.


    9 out of 10 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 21, 2012

    This book hooked me after the second chapter. The characters are

    This book hooked me after the second chapter. The characters are great and the story is fun and exciting. Can not wait for the second book!!

    8 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 10, 2012

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    Let me get one thing out of the way: I am in love with Under the

    Let me get one thing out of the way: I am in love with Under the Never Sky. Veronica Rossi has woven a tale so intricate and amazing, it is impossible to put down.
    Rossi’s characters in Under the Never Sky are nothing short of stupendous. They are rich and so full of life that you forget they are simply words in a book. Aria in particular is a fabulous main character and I really loved her. She is strong without being over-bearing. She is also incredibly interesting; I often found myself wanting to be in her head MORE. Her growth throughout the book was beautiful and done perfectly. I couldn’t find one flaw, but better yet, because it was so well-done, I didn’t want to look for flaws.
    Move over Four, I’M IN LOVE WITH PEREGRINE!! Perry was such a perfect counter-balance to Aria. He had grit, wisdom and he was a fighter. I heart everything about him. EVERYTHING.
    All of her secondary characters were believable. I even enjoyed the Croven and their sinister bells.
    Veronica Rossi goes into incredible detail throughout the story, from the differences between the Dwellers and the Outsiders, right down to the different abilities of people, like the Auds and Scires. At one point, she describes the scent of Dwellers to the Outsiders as “decaying” and I was so intrigued. She later answers that question, by way of other incidents, and that just made me love it even more.
    I was also absolutely fascinated with the landscape, the Realms and the Aether sky. I imagined the Aether looking something like a sinister Aurora Borealis. I don’t know if that’s what Rossi intended, but that’s the miracle of a great book: you get to pick the details for yourself. The world she created was so striking and awe-inspiring that I want to step into the pages, even now. I want to revisit it and see the characters again.
    This young-adult, science-fiction, dystopian has everything for everybody: blossoming romance, interesting gadgets (I want a Smarteye!), and a beautiful, dangerous landscape in an unknown future. I couldn’t have asked for better. The only thing I want now is the next book. Full of passion and adventure, it’s a story I will Never forget.

    I received a copy of this book for review from the publisher.

    8 out of 10 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 3, 2012

    Science fiction meets dystopian

    Combining science fiction with hints of dystopian ideas, Under the Never Sky is a fresh story that, after my recent luck with sci-fi titles, I was looking forward to reading. For me, however, this book did not live up to its hype.

    Aria has spent her life in the Reverie Pod, hanging out with her friends in virtual Realms through her Smarteye. But after an adventure gone wrong in a rundown part of the Pod, Aria is cast out into the Death Shop and left there on her own, without a Smarteye. Fortunately, she runs into Perry, an Outsider who is facing his own struggles. Despite the fact that Aria is a Dweller and Perry is an Outsider, it turns out that they have much in common. Both were blamed for something that wasn't their fault, and both have to embark on a journey to try and make everything right again. Together they travel across the Death Shop and make some surprising discoveries about each other and themselves along the way.

    It took me a while to get into this book and even longer to care about the main characters. I felt as though Aria's home world, the pod of Reverie, was not well established before Aria was forced to leave it. Similarly, though Perry's world is easier to grasp, I wanted more detail here as well. However, I could have overlooked this, because over the course of the book more is eventually revealed. What bothered me the most throughout this story was the lack of connection with the characters - both my connection as a reader and also Aria and Perry's connection with each other. For a time there was so little dialogue between them that it was very hard for me to appreciate where these two characters ended up. With that, although both Aria and Perry are (or try to be) genuinely good people, for some reason they just didn't seem quite real to me.

    All of that being said, there were things about this book that I did like. The story was very inventive and it was very interesting to see such different worlds coexisting and colliding. Also, I enjoyed the alternating points of view between Aria and Perry. There were moments of beautiful writing and some issues that were raised in the book that made me think. Despite my issues with this book, I do plan to read the next installment in the trilogy; I think it will be easier to connect to the second book now that I have more background, and I want to see where Rossi takes this story.

    I know that other bloggers have absolutely loved this book, and so I will leave you with their reviews to give you different opinions: See these reviews from Parajunkee and Mundie Moms.

    8 out of 10 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 8, 2012

    I Also Recommend:

    This is another one of those books that I am very glad I read. I

    This is another one of those books that I am very glad I read. I only wish the next book would come out sooner. You really fall in love with the characters, and while I've seen some complain about the ending, I must say that I found it to be perfect and simple.

    6 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 18, 2012

    Amazing! Read Now!

    Review:
    Veronica Rossi did an amazing job with Under the Never Sky. It was the kind of book that you couldn't put down, and didn't want to put down. A dystopian book that was a major hit with me! :)

    Cover: The cover is absolutely gorgeous! I loved the Aether swirling around in the background! Plus the cover, even with all the trees and stuff in the background, is pretty simple and we know where our attention is supposed to be diverted! :) I love it!

    Plot/Writing:
    Veronica did a great job with keeping the reader entertained. She kept us focus and intent on the story. It might've started off a little slow, but it gradually grew and made me fall in love with the story! Everything about it was simply amazing. The new technology was explained and it helped you understand the book better!

    She switched off on POV's every few chapters or so, and it took me a little bit to get that. When she first switched, I was thinking, "Who is this Perry kid? How does Aria know him?" Then I realized that it was actually in his POV and I had my moment of blondness and moved on. The switch though helped me understand the story better and it was really interesting to see into the characters minds.

    Characters:
    The way Veronica wrote her characters, it was like meeting a new person and watching them gradually change and grow before your eyes. She had her characters make a complete 180 from the people they were and they were all amazing. Her characters were so strong and so brave that it was as if they had no fears in the world.

    Aria is a beautiful, sweet, and a little curious 17 year old girl. She has one of the best voices around and that's what makes her a little different than the people in the Realms. That is until she is kicked out of the Realms and is forced out of the only home she has ever known. You watch Aria grow into a strong and fierce woman as you go through the book. She doesn't complain, and she is stubborn and will fight for what she thinks is right.

    Then there's Perry, who is dark and mysterious, and a outsider. He is always saving Aria from the dangers that she doesn't know existed. He is harsh and rude at the beginning, but as you get inside his head, and farther in the book, he opens up. Telling Aria things that nobody has ever known about him. He is one of those people who will sacrifice himself if it means saving others. I LOVED PERRY, but all I thought while reading was "IT'S AGENT P!" from Phineas and Ferb! :)

    All in All: I loved Under the Never Sky so much! I even wrote a poem about it.. It wasn't that bad, even if Anne wants to think it is!:) You should really consider picking up a copy of this book. It will leave you breathless and wanting much much more! :) 5 out of 5 tacos!

    5 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 28, 2012

    Amazing

    I didnt get the ending. Did she see/hear perry? Oh by the way this book is awesome!

    4 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 27, 2012

    I loved this book couldnt put it down

    I loved how the author described this world. Very unique plot. The ending left me breathless!!!

    4 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 26, 2012

    Exciting new Dystopian

    Aria lives a comfortable life, safe in her pod. She’s a “Dweller”, someone who lives inside, protected from the dangerous elements of the outside world. When she loses contact with her mother who has gone to another pod on a top-secret mission, she’ll do anything to get information on her. She makes the decision to venture off with some of her friends into a restricted area of the pod, hoping to gather information on her mother from the son of the security chief. This one decision is all it takes to turn her world upside down. Aria is banished from her pod, left alone in the Death Shop – the dangerous world outside the pod where a violent energy storm could take your life in an instant – if the cannibals don’t get you first.

    Perry is part of the Tide tribe. A band of people living above ground, braving the elements. They are warriors, hunters, and know how to fight. When Perry loses someone special to him to the Dwellers, he vows to fight to get them back. When he meets Aria, alone and afraid, he knows she is his only hope of getting the information he needs to rescue his beloved family member, even though he’d rather see her dead. Together they must put aside their differences in order to face the dangerous elements standing in their way if either of them hope to survive.

    This is what I like to call a forget-about-it book. Once you pick it up you can forget about the laundry, forget about the dishes waiting in the sink, and forget about answering the phone. You won’t be able to put it down until you’ve finished. I was absolutely glued to his book. I haven’t been this into something since reading Divergent. There’s tons of action, plenty of surprises and a love story that actually feels real. The book is told in the third-person POV, alternating focus between Aria and Perry. Though I didn’t find a real distinction in voice when the focus shifted from Aria to Perry, I was okay with it. The story flowed well, and is very fast-paced. This is the perfect read to kick of 2012, and I HIGHLY recommend it.

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 21, 2012

    Great book ! Loved it !

    Under The Never Sky is a wonderfully written story of survival and endurance . The characters are well developed and the worlds they live in are vividly described .The plot is gripping and very original and exciting. One of the best books I've read this year. Can't wait for the sequel!

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 18, 2012

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    4 ½ Stars

    I didn't really know what I was getting myself into when I started UNDER THE NEVER SKY . I had heard a little about it but wasn't exactly sure what the whole premise was.I found myself knee deep in adventure. This one isn't non-stop action but nevertheless I couldn't put it down. I enjoyed every single page and couldn't stop thinking about the characters long after the final page was read. Veronica introduces us to a future world, but your not quite sure what has happened in the past. She gives you little hints about the past but never spells it out or goes into great detail. I loved this about UNDER THE NEVER SKY. It left me wanting more and I there is so much more for us to discovered. We follow Aria and Perry as they become unlikely allies and friends. Aria is a girl from the city of Reverie. She has been sheltered her entire life and doesn't know how it feels to be afraid, how to defend herself, or how to survive. Throughout the story she becomes stronger and finds her own voice. She realizes that she is tough and can handle things that she never dreamed of. Watching Aria's character grow and find the strength within her was one of my favorite parts of the story. Then you have Perry. Being from the outer wastelands he seems to trust no one and relies entirely on himself. Perry is different in his own way and therefore tries to distance himself from everybody. The "romance" in UNDER THE NEVER SKY is so believable it made me sigh with happiness. Aria and Perry don't look at each other once and fall in love. They don't have this "undeniable force" that draw them together. They have a real relationship with its up and downs. It isn't perfect which makes it a perfect romance to read about. Veronica did a really good job with the "secondary" characters. I couldn't help but feel attached to each and every one of them. I am just as interested in their stories as well as Aria and Perry's. UNDER THE NEVER SKY is more than I hoped it would be. I was pleasantly surprised and can't wait to continue on Aria and Perry's journey.

    3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 1, 2013

    Best mother fucking book ever.

    It was amazing, the suspense and fear told by a teenage girl who is abandoned by those who were meant to protect her from the danger lurking, savages and canibals. It was simply, purely and utterly breath taking, romance and terror. A wonderful mix as a young boy keeps her alive, thinking of her as a mere burden at first but, quickly and desperately needing her at his side although she is a simple half like creature. Half his race but, half dweller with a smart eye that may help him find his young nephew who was tooken by none othee than her people. Suspense runs high as Aria fights to find her mother and Perry finds a devastating discovery that is a major backstabm betrayal and will make you stand on your toes with each flip of a page. Read this book, I am only 12 and could not set it down until I finished the entire book. Cannot wait for the second one. Vile or corrupt language? Perhaps but, if a 12 year old can read this with ease and still use proper vocabulary I do have faith that many of you can read this and will enjoy it very much indeed. Pricy yes, but totally worth it!

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 10, 2013

    New favorite.

    At first I was a little confused by all the foreign things being described in the beginning but it all makes sense later on and will make you want to read again. I loved the characters. I loved the stoory line. There was just as much, if not more, action as romance. It wasn't a typical boy meets girl fall in love. The characters evolded together and fell in love once they knew each other better. Even though perry(male lead) seems like a jerk you still love him because of all detail the author puts into him and his world. The author had a great imagination. I actually laughed out loud. I was looking for a fallen angel/vampire but was willing to try this and I LOVE it. My new favorite book. Second one is just as good and continues the story in a non sloppy way. Can't wait for the third.
    Also, I am 23. Thought I should include. Seems reviews from teens versus young adults versus alduts are all different. I personally feel any age group would love this story.

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 22, 2012

    I got this book, not really knowing what to expect. Soon enough

    I got this book, not really knowing what to expect. Soon enough I was unable to put it down and found myself thinking about it long after I had finished it. I really enjoyed this book.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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