Hello there! So, I have managed to squeeze out enough time to complete another Series Spotlight, this one is the first in a while I know. Sorry for being so slow to post lately. Keep in mind I actually re-read the entire series so that I can hit on exact reasons why I love the books so much. If I didn’t bother doing that I would have already posted so many reviews you probably would have stopped following by now! Without further adieu, below are all the details on why I love this book series and why I think you might also 🙂
Genre: Teens/YA, Science Fiction/Fantasy
Age:16+ (This is a modest age rating, there is violence and some sexual content that is pretty mildly described.)
Recommendation: Yes, this is one of the more original dystopian themed reads that have been released. Great for science fiction and fantasy lovers.
Type: Trilogy, all three books are completed as well as additional books that follow other characters.
Pages: 400 (based on paperback, Nook version is 277)
Summary: +great plot +continuous action +original themes +addicting emotions between Aria and Perry +great world building
Exiled from her home, the enclosed city of Reverie, Aria knows her chances of surviving in the outer wasteland—known as The Death Shop—are slim. Then Aria meets an Outsider named Perry. He’s wild—a savage—and her only hope of staying alive. A hunter for his tribe in a merciless landscape, Perry views Aria as sheltered and fragile—everything he would expect from a Dweller. But he needs Aria’s help too; she alone holds the key to his redemption.
In alternating chapters told in Aria’s and Perry’s voices, Under the Never Sky subtly and powerfully captures the evolving relationship between these characters and sweeps readers away to a harsh but often beautiful world. Continuing with Through the Ever Night and concluding with Into the Still Blue, the Under the Never Sky trilogy has already been embraced by readers in twenty-six countries and been optioned for film by Warner Bros.
Supports the Common Core State Standards
So I know you have to be wondering, what is the big deal? There are about a billion dystopian novels out there. What makes this one any different? Well let me tell you. Under the Never Sky is told from two extreme opposite views. Aria, born as a genetically engineered child, perfected with purchased traits just like those living beside her, has never been outside. She has lived her entire life within a pod protecting her from the outside environment. No sickness, no pain, no fear, there is just virtual reality streamed directly into her consciousness allowing her to do whatever she wants, all while living in the comfort of her tiny space. After a sudden innocent prank goes wrong, Aria is cast out into the real world. To people that have grown up in Reverie that means death. The sky is full of destructive and dangerous storms that burn and destroy everything in their path. Worsening by the day, Aria has to survive completely alone in a world she was kept from her entire life. Or does she?
Perry is an Outsider, he lives out in the real world dealing daily with the struggles such a harsh environment brings. No electricity or comfort known to those that dwell underground in the pods. The skies have started to get darker, more dangerous and food is harder than ever to find. As brother to the Blood Lord of his tribe, he is responsible for helping keep everyone safe. When one of own is taken, Perry turns to the Dweller, Aria, that he stumbled upon and together they forge a deal. He keeps her alive and she helps him get back what was stolen.
One of the most frustrating things with alternating views is the confusion the reader feels when the voices begin to muddle together. I don’t think it is necessarily for lack of effort, but it seems like the author sometimes loses focus and the real grit behind what makes each character unique fades as the novel progresses. Veronica Rossi apparently took notes or something because both Perry and Aria hold strong throughout all three books and never get overpowered by each other. Sometimes with split views I find myself getting bored with one character. I almost skim over the other character just to get to the one I am more interested in. Not the case with UTNS, Rossi kept me enthralled the whole time. The dynamic between Aria and Perry is addicting, not to mention all the twists and turns further feed my hope and coax out my inner hopeless romantic.
(I know, I know.. judging by my reading list, she isn’t too far from the surface but still, the cuteness between these two mains is on overload.)
There really isn’t any bad language, most of the rating comes from the violence the people living in the outside are exposed to daily in order to survive. Also, as mentioned before, there is some mild sexual content. Nothing graphic or raunchy. I really highly recommend this book and the rest of the series to anyone wanting to binge read or anyone looking for strong characters that will have you rooting for them from the beginning.