Under the Never Sky

Under the Never Sky

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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

  • 12-17
  • Hardback | 384 pages
  • 150 x 211 x 38mm | 454g
  • HarperCollins Publishers
  • New York, NY, United States
  • English
  • 006207203X
  • 9780062072030
  • 117,472

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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 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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Will capture your imagination and your heart. --Justine"
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113,674 ratings
3.99 out of 5 stars
5 37% (42,240)
4 36% (40,848)
3 18% (20,847)
2 5% (6,152)
1 3% (3,587)

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Also reviewed on my blog, The Vintage Bookworm. (www.vintagebookworm.blogspot.com) Oh. My. God. SO many AMAZING dystopians for 2012. Seriously. I can't get enough of them. I checked this out from the library and made my husband read it while I was reading another book. He likes Dystopians as well and I'm always throwing books at him to read. He liked it, so I knew I would definitely like it. Not that I didn't already know that from the summary! I finished this over a week ago, but I still get all happy and excited when I think about it. It was just SO amazing. I seriously had to read TWO contemporary books just to try and get out of its world. The world that Aria lives in is REALLY scary. But so amazingly real! Every time I picked up this book to read I was drawn into it and felt like I was right there experiencing everything. I got frustrated, and sad, and scared, and embarassed EVERYTIME Aria did. Her emotions were so well and the writing was so descriptive that everything was real. It's also told in alternating perspectives between Aria and Perry. I really loved being able to get into Perry's head. It really helps to understand the things he does and not just what Aria thinks he's doing when she experiences it. At first I really wanted to smack Perry for being so mean to Aria, but I quickly fell in love with him and he's one of my top favorite characters from the book. I loved nearly all the characters, except for Soren and his dad and of course the creeps they met along the way. Not going to go into too much detail because you just really need to read it yourself. Overall, this is a wonderful dystopian. I don't really have any complaints at all about it. If you haven't read this yet, do so immediately. Definitely addicting and one of my top favorite dystopians now.show more
by Amanda
View the complete review: http://quieroleersinlimites.blogspot.com/2012/06/resena-92-bajo-el-cielo-eterno.html I'll start pointing something I've already said a couple of times: I personally think -and I believe I'm the only one who thinks this- that the spanish cover is better than the original (and this is not usual in me). After reading the book, I think it even more: the spanish cover suits the story even better. I really wanted to read this book, but it wasn't among my priorities. Every time I read the summary I had the feeling that it would be just another dystopian book (there's no need to repeat that this isn't my favourite genre, right?). Well, I was tremendously mistaken not having too many expectations. I found the beggining I little slow, thick, but after Aria is expelled from Reverie and she runs into Perry, the story gets instantly better. The universe created by the author is well structured: humans living into enclosed cities, away from the danger that's the ether; humans living in The Land of Death, their systems are accustomed to the outside and they can survive, but that doesn't mean they're immune to the ether or the diseases. Usually, the key point of this kind of stories is to discover the different point of view of the characters. To discover how is the world for a savage, Perry, and for a Dweller, Aria. Those two characters never would have known each other, if nothing had gone wrong. I think that the story has had some weak moments, but most of time you can't stop reading. I too think that the romantic develop between Aria and Perry has an abrupt changing point -but nothing that ruins the story-, and that there's an evident before and after: the change of attitude of the main characters is huge. Besides the main characters, we get to know more characters: some of them interact along the story (don't know the english names of Rugido, Tizón and Castaño ^_^); and some others are vital but don't appear much (Garra, Aria's mom and Valle) The main characters are simply delicious, you fall in love with them since the beginning. Each one of them has their particularities and you get to know them throughout their journey. When the end arrives -I won't make spoilers, don't worry-, everything is super... excited, agitated. You read completely nervous (at least me), wanting to know how the events will develop. Even if the end evolves really quickly, it's not sudden. Seems like everything has ended how it had to end, but the desire to read the second book will remain under your skin.show more
by Sandra Muñiz
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!show more
by SpadesHigh
Wow. I am at a loss here. What can I say about Under the Never Sky that you haven't already heard? I would like to be able throw a few "Squee's", a dash of "OMG's" and "Hot Guys, dead ahead" up and call it a review. And yes, that's lots of fun, and this book does deserve that sort of gushing, but truthfully, Under the Never Sky is so much more than that. In my opinion, Under the Never Sky is a mash of the dystopian and post-apocalyptic genres. And typically, I'm not a huge fan of that type of book. They often feel very formulaic to me. So despite all of the buzz, I walked into it feeling very skeptical. To my exceeding relief, this potential problem was quickly nipped in the bud. The world, the characters, and the beautiful writing of author Veronica Rossi pulled me in, and carried me on a fantastic journey. At it's heart, that is exactly what UtNS is, a journey. The physical and emotional journey taken by a girl, Aria, and a boy, Peregrine (Perry for short). The world in UtNS is two-fold. The Realms, where Aria comes from, was created when the Aether storms drove people underground. There is peace, control, sterility. Everything is experienced through simulations. On the Outside,Perry's home, civilization has reverted, almost back to primitive times. The world is frightening, wild, bleak, and brutal. Tribes fight to control patches of land, and when you leave your tribe, you face almost certain death. Do you remember at the top of this review when I talked about "Squee's" and "OMG's"? Here's where that comes into play, though I'm going to try and hold back. The characters. I'm a sucker for a good story, but I turn into an squealing, spewing maniac when it comes to great characters. UtNS has them. The story is told in the alternating points-of-view of Aria and Perry, allowing you to know both them and their motivations so well. Aria is everything I love in a heroine. After her protective world and everything she has know is taken away from her, she is understandable disoriented and scared. But after a moment or two to gather her wits and courage, she becomes stronger and more together than I could ever hope to be. She's never clingy, never whiny; she keeps putting one foot in front of the other and just keeps moving forward. Perry; poor noble, brave, handsome Perry. Life on the Outside either kills you or makes you stronger. Perry is stronger. He is tormented by a tragic history, burdened by responsibility, wants to save everyone around him, wild but controlled. He doesn't use words lightly, so every word he speaks in of value. The relationship between Perry and Aria is remarkable. Initially enemies, they form a tentative alliance and very slowly develop a respect and friendship towards one another. The slow build-up between them was delicious and had me on edge. My favorite character award must go to Roar! And seriously, with a name like that, you know you're in for a treat. What an exhilarating, fantastically fun guy! He is fun, wild, and hot, of course, described as having "a Prince's looks with a pirate's eyes", and has the best lines in the book (see my favorite quote below!) Under the Never Sky is a book that I feel priveledged to have been able to read and review. The span of humanity veers from the most savage to the most tender of acts. And the ending? Forget about it, I loved it. I read the last three to four paragraphs at least ten times in a row after I finished the books, making sure my eyes didn't play tricks on me. It was perfect and left me insanely wild to read book two. Under the Never Sky, my fair friends, comes with the highest of recommendations. Favorite Quote: "Roar leaned across the table and smiled at her seductively, his dark hair falling into his eyes. 'When you say everything happens in the Realms, do you mean everything?' Aria laughed nervously.'Yes. Especially that.There are no risks in the Realms.' Roar's smile widened. 'You simply think it and it happens? And it actually feels real?' 'Why are we talking about this?' 'I need a Smarteye,' he said." (from pg 230) *I received an ARC of this book from the publisher, in exchange for an honest review.*show more
by Andrea Thompson
This is a book that had a great premise and one I had already heard some good things about. Sadly, I came away a tad disappointed. The idea is great and I loved the world-building and the way the scene was set. The book opened strongly with a storyline that capture my interest from the first page and I was excited to see where Rossi would take it. My level of enthusiasm lasted for about three quarters of the book, but then I just felt that the story started to lag. A lot of things are revealed and we are given a glimpse at what might happen in book two, but I never got any sense of excitement or anticipation from what could have been a great cliff-hanger ending. I felt the final chapter or so could have been taken out and used at the start of book two. Perhaps that would have left us on a higher note of tension. As it was, I closed the book thinking 'Oh, okay then'. Aria and Perry were okay as characters and I liked the dual third person narration that allowed us to get viewpoints from both characters. Even so, neither of them really jumped out at me and I felt no great bond with either. They just weren't especially likeable. Perry is pretty much a stereotype brooding hero and Aria seems a bit of a spoilt brat for a chunk of the book. At the end of the day though, I gave this book three stars. Despite the issues I had with it, it was still a fabulous storyline and there was excellent world-building and some great ideas in it. I would still be keen to read book two to see where Rossi will take things. I received this as a free e-book ARC from NetGalley.show more
by Nicola Markus
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