Under the Never Sky by Veronica Rossi
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My rating: 5 of 5 stars
Move over Suzanne Collins, there's a new Kiddie in town. Her name's Veronica Rossi and her book 'Under a Never Sky' will take you on a spellbinding journey which you'll never forget.
Synopsis: Aria is a teenager in the enclosed city of Reverie. Like all Dwellers, she spends her time with friends in virtual environments, called Realms, accessed through an eyepiece called a Smarteye. Aria enjoys the Realms and the easy life in Reverie. When she is forced out of the pod for a crime she did not commit, she believes her death is imminent. The outside world is known as The Death Shop, with danger in every direction. As an Outsider, Perry has always known hunger, vicious predators, and violent energy storms from the swirling electrified atmosphere called the Aether. A bit of an outcast even among his hunting tribe, Perry withstands these daily tests with his exceptional abilities, as he is gifted with powerful senses that enable him to scent danger, food and even human emotions. They come together reluctantly, for Aria must depend on Perry, whom she considers abarbarian, to help her get back to Reverie, while Perry needs Aria to help unravel the mystery of his beloved nephew’s abduction by the Dwellers. Together they embark on a journey challenged as much by their prejudices as by encounters with cannibals and wolves. But to their surprise, Aria and Perry forge an unlikely love - one that will forever change the fate of all who live UNDER THE NEVER SKY
Review: This coming of age story is told from two POV's - Aria and Peregrine (Perry). What's interesting from the beginning is depth of the characters. Aria is a weaker individual who's lived in a pseudo world where she doesn't feel pain, suffering or anything really real. Perry on the other hand carries the full weight of life outside Reverie, he's an Outsider, and brother to the leader of the tribe, the Tides. Perry is strong, powerful, determined and compassionate towards his nephew. But events unfold that will change the lives of both our main characters. A journey is travelled and growth is inevitable whether its bad or good. The weak become strong, and the stronger become...worldly. 'Under the Never Sky' is a such a wonderful treat for any age, not just Young Adults. The story will have you dipping and diving, praying and hoping. You heart will stop beating at least six times and as you reach the conclusion you realise that you can't wait to read the next installment. Rossi's powerful writing will set alight any dystopian fantasy lovers...here's hoping they love violets too... -Charlotte Black bwormblogger.blogspot.com
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