My favorite thing about summer is that I actually have time to read books. From August until May school takes up 120 percent of my time, but in the three months in between, all those books that have been stacking up on my shelf and lists are fair game. I started this summer by reading another book by my favorite author (not branching out) and re-reading one of my favorite series (Divergent, again…not branching out). Then I came upon a list of books recommended for people who enjoy books such as the Hunger Games and Divergent so I decided to try it out. Here is my review of the Under the Never Sky series:
Title: Under the Never Sky
Through the Ever Night
Into the Still Blue
Author: Veronica Rossi
Genre: young adult, sci-fi, romance, fantasy, dystopia
Summary: Under the Never Sky tells the story of 17-year-old Aria after she has been exiled from Reverie, here secluded and partly virtual home. This punishment is almost certain death, outside of her enclosed city is a wasteland inhabited by brutal, barbaric tribes and terrible storms. She is on her deathbed when she meets Perry, her only chance for survival. Despite his hesitation, they both realize they need each other to get what they want and survive. Aria and Perry must learn how to work together to survive.
Review: This book started out really slow for me. I really love this style of book, but for some reason I had a hard time getting into this story at first. Dystopian style novels tend to start out kind of slow because the author spends so much time explaining the setting and context for the story. However, once I got passed the first 50 or so pages, the story picked up greatly.
I fell in love with the characters. They are rough, yet charming; unreal, yet engaging and believable. You have your traditional: we hate each other, but we need each other to survive story line—-which can set kind of old and predictable, but the characters were so well written that I really didn’t mind. Aria- the confused, scared yet strong female lead. Perry- the gentle and passionate giant. Roar (possibly my favorite of all)- the deeply sensitive and spunky sidekick best friend. They are all interesting, well-developed and well rounded. That being said, I almost think that the first novel was my least favorite character wise. They introduce a lot of little characters, but it isn’t until you get into the second and third novels that you really fall in love with them. I think this goes back to the author having to spend so much time creating and explaining the environment that the books take place in.
Once I finished the first book, I immediately headed to the library to find the other two. Then finished them both within a week. The character’s blossom, the story lines are engaging and continue to be action packed and the love-story (spoiler, but not really because predictable) becomes complicated and deep.
This series was a surprise for me. I went into hoping it would be interesting enough for me to finish, and that I wouldn’t feel like I had wasted my time. Boy, did I win out on that bet!
I recommend this book to anyone who likes the young adult, dystopian-style, romance-yet action packed novels. Very, very similar style to The Hunger Games and Divergent series’, if those are up your alley. It may be a little hard to start, but give it time and you will likely fall in love!