Saturday, December 1, 2012

Under the Never Sky by Veronica Rossi

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

Under the Never Sky by Veronica Rossi

First in the Under the Never Sky trilogy

4 stars

Aria has always known the safety of the Reverie. The Reverie is a safe pod that protects people from the Aether storms and keeps out the Savages. When she’s suspected of betraying the people of the Reverie on a night that was supposed to be fun she ends up finding herself in exile and her mom is still missing. As she fights for survival in the world outside the Reverie, she meets a Savage named Perry. Perry’s nephew was just taken by the people of the Reverie in a spaceship. Perry will do anything to get him back and for his brother to hate a little less. When he meets Aria, she could be the only thing to save and he is the only person able to save her. I wanted to love this book. I wasn’t sure why I wanted to love it so much. I think it was because I loved the cover, but I wasn’t a hundred percent sure it was my kind of book. I did enjoy this book though. I had a few bumps in the road (do roads even exist in this world) path, but it was a pretty good book. The first couple of chapters I struggled to grasp what was going on. My only thoughts for the longest time where along the lines of, “what the hell is happening?” I also found myself questioning why these people lived in Pods. I don’t know why they ended up in these Pods in the first place and it bothers me. I like knowing why things happen and sometimes I feel like dystopian authors hold back this information or just gradually place little tidbits of information. I feel like I don’t for a hundred percent know the history of the Reverie or why Aether storms started in the first place. There were a lot of very well written spots where I feel like she should’ve done that.

The main female is Aria. Aria was pretty annoying for the first couple chapters of her time spent in the Reverie. Actually I pretty much didn’t like her at all in her time during the Reverie. I started to like her a lot more towards the end. I really liked her, but I honestly can’t picture her being this amazing singer. I hope to see more character for her in Through the Ever Night.

Kick-Butt Heroine Scale: 8

The main male character is Perry. I really like Perry. He isn’t a bad leading male, but I don’t feel like he is a prominent one to me in YA fiction. I don’t think he’s fully had his time to shine though. There were times while they were in the jungle/ forest when they were trying to stay alive and not get eaten where it felt like Perry and Aria’s POVs clashed. Sometimes it was hard distinguished, but others I knew exactly who were who. I want more Perry!

Swoon Worthy Scale: 8.5

The Villain- Hmmmm, you know I decided I’m not going to say anything and just let you read the book and find out for yourself. Here’s a cute gif to help your sorrows.

How can you resist that? Please the puppy and read this book!

Villain Scale: 7.5

The supporting characters were just as prominent and key to the story as Perry and Aria. I like when an author is able to do that it makes everything much more believable. Roar and Perry’s friendship was believable and I liked watching them interact. They remind of a close set of brothers even though they aren’t brothers. Vale, Perry’s brother, made me feel sad for him, but then I couldn’t find any sympathy for him.

He was such a jerk and by the end of the book I didn’t like him at all. Talon, Perry’s nephew, is just something I want to grab in a big embrace and hug him for all that he has to go through. Cinder was an orphan Perry and Aria encounter on their journey. I personally loved Cinder and he was one of my favorites. I love his power. It’s so unique and incredibly interesting. I loved the rockiness of Perry and Cinder’s relationship. It seemed real.

Character Scale: 8.5

Aside from the slight problems I had I found it to be incredibly written and descriptive. There were a quite few slow parts, but I really enjoyed the story and the world created. Yes, there are flaws, but I still really enjoyed this. I hope that all my questions will be answered in Through the Ever Night.

Cover Thoughts: I love the cover and I think it’s just so pretty. The colors in the sky, which I’m assuming is an Aether storm, are beautiful and it fits. It’s very futuristic and I like it.


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