Since she’d been on the outside, she’d survived an Aether storm, she’d had a knife held to her throat, and she’d seen men murdered. This was worse.
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. If the cannibals don’t get her, the violent, electrified energy storms will. She’s been taught that the very air she breathes can kill her. 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. Opposites in nearly every way, Aria and Perry must accept each other to survive. Their unlikely alliance forges a bond that will determine the fate of all who live under the never sky.
Dystopian has done it again, if The Hunger Games and the Uglies series hadn't made dystopian my favorite genre years ago than the likes of Shatter Me, Divergent and now Under the Never Sky have definitely convinced me this year. Whatever you're doing Harper Collins, keep doing it, you seem to be bringing out an awful lot of fantastic dystopians this year. Keep this trend going next year, please.
What I loved about Under the Never Sky was that it seemed to be going into the usual dystopian storyline when Aria is exiled from the world she knows so well to the outside, known as the death shop, where tribes live primitively. She is rescued by Perry, who comes from one of these tribes. It seemed very typical but it shocked me by being utterly original. Rather than throw us into an action adventure from start to finish Rossi subtly introduces us into her dystopic world. Aria and Perry meet a lot of threats on their journey but rather than being non-stop action these things are spread about.
The romance was so well written and I could actually see the chemistry developing between Aria and Perry rather than it just being instant love and I enjoyed reading their romance, though the 'differentpowers' thing seemed like an obstacle that Rossi had thrown in because she needed one. I didn't connect with the characters until late in the book though, when Aria got a backbone and Perry started being a decent person, so that was a tiny bit of a put off.
I wish there'd been more world builing because I'd like to know what happened in 'The Unity' and how the Aether came about, as well as that I struggled with understanding the powers that the tribes had, so I'd like to see more of that.
Overall, Under the Never sky was an exciting, fantastically written read that I could read over and over again. Not my favorite dystopian of the year, put pretty great nonetheless.
Overall Rating: B+
Book released 3rd January by HarperCollins.
Received my from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
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