Under The Never Sky is the first book in its series, written by Veronica Rossi.
Aria is a teenager who has never been outside the safe confinements of Reverie. Like all other Dwellers, she spends her time in made-up worlds called Realms. The Realms are artificial worlds generated by their Smarteye to enable the Dwellers to experience things that aren’t possible to do inside the pod of Reverie. Aria likes the simplicity and calming familiarity of her life in Reverie. But when she is thrown out of Reverie for a crime she didn’t commit, Aria believes her death is imminent. Until she meets Perry…
Perry is an Outsider, a Savage. He grew up in a life surrounded by vicious predators and mysterious abilities. A bit of an outcast from his own tribe, Perry has learnt to rely on only himself. He never knows what’s going to be thrown at him next. But Perry has a gift. He has powerful senses that enable him to scent danger, food and even human emotions.
When Aria and Perry find each other, they are both hesitant to trust one another. Aria believes Perry is part of a brutal race that wouldn’t hesitate to kill her because she isn’t one of them. But afraid and all alone, she Aria has no choice but to trust Perry, despite him being an Outsider. Aria wants to get back to Reverie and to her mother and Perry wants to find his nephew who has been abducted by the Dwellers. Together they embark on a dangerous journey – a journey that will turn their worlds upside down. And least expected of all, Aria and Perry find themselves forging and unexpected love that will change the way they see the world and all that lives under the Never Sky.
Before reading Under The Never Sky, I had heard amazing things about this book. However, I was a bit disappointed. I had expected much more from the book that has been raved about so much. I still liked reading it, but I don’t think it’s one of the best books out there. I found that this book had so many characters, lots of which weren’t important to the storyline and that I didn’t really care about. But in saying that, I did feel like I connected with Aria and Perry. I felt for those characters and hoped that they’d get what they were looking for. Sometimes I found that I was getting bored in the middle of a chapter though. This story didn’t make me keep reading late into the night like I had hoped it would. Although Under The Never Sky was good, it wasn’t the best book out there. I’d give Under The Never Sky by Veronica Rossi a score of 7 out of 10. I’m hoping for better things in the next book.