Under the Never Sky by Veronica Rossi

Release Date: January 3, 2012
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Publisher: HarperCollins
Age Group: Young Adult
Shelfability: Covet/Acquire
Pages: 374
Format: Hardcover
Source: Publisher
Interest: Debut
Challenge: Debut Author Challenge
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I don’t know why I waited so long to read this one! It is SO GOOD! Even now thinking about it makes me feel giddy!

Aria lives in a world very different from our own. She has grown up in a protective dome called Reverie. They also have these eye pieces (Smarteye) that can “transport” them anywhere and let them experience anything from wherever they happen to be. It’s fascinating once you understand the concept and I’m sort of jealous. It would be nice to be able to “visit” Hawaii at the drop of a hat!

Aria witnesses something that she shouldn’t have and is basically exiled outside of the dome. It’s only a matter of time before her immune system starts to break down and she dies. Fortunatley for Aria she meets one of the natives, Perry, who has a complicated story of his own. Their two stories collide and they go on the adventure of a lifetime! You get to go on it with them. And meet an amazing cast of characters along the way.

This one has been described as dystopian and while it does have those elements, I think it has a little sci-fi twist to it as well. And I absolutely loved it!

Under the Never Sky is told in alternating perspectives between Aria and Perry. I love when we get into the minds of multiple characters! I love knowing their feelings and thoughts and not having to guess intentions. Getting to see their internal struggles, it made me like them even more. With that being said Aria and Perry could not be more different and they compliment each other really well. Had I not had that intimate look into Perry, I’m not sure I would have liked him as well. He had a complexity to him that I wasn’t expecting.

And the world! Rossi does an exceptional job creating these two worlds that co-exists yet are so very different. (Much in the same way Aria and Perry are!) The aether storms and the tribes. The Smarteye and the realms. It was fascinating. Although, with all the technology that Reverie has, I think perhaps I’d choose the Death Shop!

I absolutely adored this book. I enjoyed reading it so very much and I am dying for the next book! Add this one to your reading piles if you haven’t already!