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

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

by Veronica Rossi

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Fighting to survive in a ravaged world, a Dweller and a Savage form an unlikely alliance in New York Times bestselling author Veronica Rossi's "unforgettable dystopian masterpiece" (Examiner.com).

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. 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.

In alternating chapters told in Aria's and Perry's voices, Under the Never Sky subtly and powerfully captures the evolving relationship between these characters and sweeps readers away to a harsh but often beautiful world. Continuing with Through the Ever Night and concluding with Into the Still Blue, the Under the Never Sky trilogy has already been embraced by readers in twenty-six countries and been optioned for film by Warner Bros.

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780062072054
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 01/03/2012
Series: Under the Never Sky Series , #1
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 400
Sales rank: 66,466
Lexile: HL580L (what's this?)
File size: 1 MB
Age Range: 14 - 17 Years

About the Author

Veronica Rossi graduated from UCLA. The first book in her New York Times bestselling Under the Never Sky trilogy was named an ALA Best Fiction for Young Adults selection and an Indie Next List Pick. The second book, Through the Ever Night, was a New York Times and USA Today bestseller. The series has been optioned for film. Veronica lives in northern California with her husband and two sons.

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Under the Never Sky 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 527 reviews.
AcesMommy More than 1 year ago
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!!
erinleighh More than 1 year ago
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!!
Buried-in-Books More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
Humbee More than 1 year ago
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
Krissybear More than 1 year ago
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!!
sunshinejenn03 More than 1 year ago
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.
Leighna More than 1 year ago
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.
BookPortrait More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
shellyEC More than 1 year ago
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!
SammiiTX More than 1 year ago
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!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved how the author described this world. Very unique plot. The ending left me breathless!!!
Chynimo More than 1 year ago
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.
SuperBookish More than 1 year ago
Great book with fantastic story line. Kept me entertained
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I didnt get the ending. Did she see/hear perry? Oh by the way this book is awesome!
yabookslove More than 1 year ago
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.
ChelseaW More than 1 year ago
With all of the dystopian, post-apocalyptic literature I've been reading lately, I was beginning to think the stories were all blending together. I was starting to think that the genre may be coming to it's fill-line. Then Under the Never Sky comes along and rocks my world. Peregrine and Aria are two of the most interesting characters I have read so far this year. Peregrine alone had many layers to his personality, all of them interesting. Aria is so brave and able to overcome what is thrown at her, from information to fights. Perry is a strong male with a very sensitive side. Won't give away too much, but I found myself really enjoying the tribal aspect to the Outside world. The Aether storms kind of felt like a minor character themselves, too. It's both scary and neat to think of weather that is so unlike our own. Veronica Rossi's choice to alternate chapters between the two was brilliant. It gives the reader ample time to be inside both Perry an Aria's heads. This was particularly good for me, as both character were suffering from fish-out-of-water syndrome and to see the new land through their eyes was breath-taking and shocking. There was the perfect balance between down time and action scenes. I must say that while I was enjoying the way this story was wrapping up at the end, it also left a huge question to answer in the next one! Must read the next book!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved the storyline as well as the details. I always love a good romance without the smut too. One less star than 5 for the bit of confusion in the beginning, otherwise, very smooth read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The character development was fantastic, the plot was absolutely intriguing, and there was just the right touch of romance without taking away from the storyline! Did I mention how amazing and relatable each of these characters are? I could easily see myself becoming friends with Aria, Perry, and Roar. On top of that, I could NOT put this book down! I was addicted to every single page! Although I was heartbroken when I finished, I couldnt WAIT to find and read the sequel! There is actually nothing I can say negative regarding this book, which is saying a lot considering how picky I am when it comes to characters and books overall. This actually quickly became one of my most favorite books of all time! LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Overall, I enjoyed reading this book. I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys the dystopia society. The book is set in the future where the world was destroyed by Aether storms. Aether storm are huge lightning storms that create fire which burns everything in its path. Aria lives in Reverie, a place that protects the selected from the storms. After encountering trouble, she is banished from Reverie and is exiled to the outside. The outside is a dangerous because of the savages. Aria meets a savage named Perry who changes her life. He opens her eyes to the rest of the world and helps her realize that there is more to the world than just what Reverie says there is. In the end Perry and Aria work together to save the Tides, Perry's home, and to help find Aria's mom. I really enjoyed this book and I would recommend this to anyone who loves to read about adventure and a love story.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed this ebook very much !!!
Jayvee_27Misfit More than 1 year ago
Riveting I had the chance to read this novel before going to the event and I must say I enjoyed it. I am not much of a dystopian reader though I have enjoyed many titles such as the Juliette Chronicles, The Hunger Games Trilogy and The Maze Runner Trilogy. Under the Never Sky is a fascinating read. Technology such as the Smarteye is something that many have dreamed of. It’s like Google Glass, but more efficient. Living in the world of Reverie for Aria, I wouldn’t mind doing so. The idea of living in a false realm kind of excites me but also makes me question whether in our fast paced world, we would end up having this idea of false worlds become a reality and it could either be beneficial or a total scare. One thing that is most interesting about this novel is the ability of some of the characters to have heightened senses. For example, Seers can see farther and clearer at night, Auds can hear the most inaudible of sounds and even listen to your thoughts once physical contact has been initiated and then there are Scires, who can smell scents like animals and even smell emotion and tempers of a person. Only those in the Tides or outside of Reverie can genetically have this ability. It must be awesome to have a certain ability such as those living in the Tides. And Perry is lucky to have two of these abilities. Makes me envy a character with a passion. HAHA. There is a way in which Veronica Rossi is able to convey certain intricacies in the novel without making it too difficult to comprehend. There are some novels that are way too taxing to read because there are words that are way too difficult to understand or metaphors and the likes are way too much. But with Veronica’s work, I didn’t find much complexity like I thought I would which made me enjoy this novel very much. What I would’ve wanted out of the first novel is a better introduction to supporting characters like Roar or Liv, but I guess that’s because it’s a trilogy and I would still need to read the rest of it before I can truly say something. But still, I would’ve enjoyed knowing more about Roar or Aria’s mother in the first novel. By the way, Roar is like a piece of Kenji that I can’t quite get a grip of myself when reading the parts with him in it. For sure, there is more to look forward to in the two other novels and I couldn’t wait to invest in those other two novels. Read the Under The Never Sky Trilogy and get sucked in into the wonderful world of Aether storms, intriguing characters and places that the novels have to offer.