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Book Review: Under the Never Sky Series

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

 under never sky graphic

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!

4.5/5 stars.


About Me

name: kristin

age: 20

sign: aries

occupation: college student

college major: journalism (public relations) and political science

location: north carolina, USA

favorite color: seafoam green

favorite store: target

favorite food: potato

favorite music: taylor swift, ed sheeran, john mayer…i literally could go on forever

hobbies: guitar, singing, reading, writing, crocheting, procrastinating, school, running, hot yoga

pet peeves: bad grammar, people who chew loudly, selfish people, drivers who don’t use turn signals, people who talk on the phone through headphones….really, I could go on for hours.

future plans: make the most out of my last two years in college, graduate, find my dream job, fall in love, be happy, live life.

What you’ll find on this blog:

  • my own misadventures in life
  • me learning how to do ‘adult’ things and be an ‘adult’ and take care of myself (whattttt)
  • my favorite things: books, music, people, quotes, stories, articles
  • my thoughts (feel free to ignore)
  • hopefully me giving some useful advice to anyone who is willing to read about my experiences/life/stories


there’s no better time to try new things and push yourself a little outside your comfort zone to find out who you are and who you are capable of being than your college and 20-something years.

this blog will help me document the trials, tribulations, joys, insecurities and journeys that complicate and beautify these years.

check back for my writings and thoughts as i move into my third year of college. from new adventures moving into my first apartment to things i have known my whole life, like music; look out for my ramblings on topics such as friendship, music, books, cooking, crafting, fitness, college and more.

i can’t wait to start this journey.