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  • Hardcover: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Middle Grade (Dec 15 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 006207203X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0062072030
  • Product Dimensions: 14 x 3.1 x 21 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 386 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars 10 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #264,359 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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“The interwoven narratives of both male and female protagonists offer broad appeal. Already selling in more than twenty countries and with film rights optioned by Warner Bros. Entertainment, Rossi’s first novel has the potential to be a blockbuster.” (Voice of Youth Advocates (VOYA))

“Rossi nails the feat of offering dual perspectives. Rossi grounds her worldbuilding in language, creating idioms for the Dwellers and Outsiders that add texture to their respective myths; her characters are brave and complex and her prose smooth and evocative. Inspired, offbeat and mesmerizing.” (Kirkus Reviews (starred review))

“An incredibly original plot. You won’t be able to put this book down…we can’t wait for the next installment in the trilogy!” (

“An unforgettable dystopian masterpiece.” (

“Fans of The Hunger Games will cheer Aria’s gradual, warrior-like transformation over the course of the novel. Perry is an enigmatic figure whose past emerges slowly and whose strength of character is only amplified by his flaws.” (Booklist)

“Aria is a memorable protagonist as she battles her own shortcomings with the same ferocity as she fights for the lives of those she loves. The world itself-sharply divided into garishly surreal Realms, cozy Pods, and harsh, unforgiving outside-is as creatively and lavishly developed as the characters themselves.” (The Horn Book)

“Rossi’s novel transcends. There’s a luminescence to her world that denies the grim realities of environmental degradation, domed cities, genetic disease, and roaming bands of cannibals. It comes across as the work of a master craftsman.” (School Library Journal (starred review))

“Refreshing. Exhilarating. Rossi unravels the world’s secrets, perils, and wonders with a sure hand.” (Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books)

“Will capture your imagination and your heart.” (Justine)

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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.

In her enthralling debut, Veronica Rossi sends readers on an unforgettable adventure set in a world brimming with harshness and beauty.

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By Sofie TOP 1000 REVIEWER on July 30 2012
Format: Hardcover
To me, if there is romance in a series, it better be AWESOME because nothing kills the mood than a badly written couple. Well in my opinion, Aria and Perry were badly written. Well maybe not *bad,* but definitely not good.


In one of the first scenes, Aria and her best *female* friend are quite frightened and they hold hands for comfort. Aria lives in a world where forms of physical affection are not common, so she feels uncomfortable holding hands with her *female* friend. Only days after kissing Perry (whom she feared, hated, and strongly disliked for quite a while,) Aria isn't the slightest bit reserved about having sex with him. Yep. How is that realistic?!! Her best female friend of many years can't even hold her hand without awkwardness, but she can put out to an Outsider who had been physically violent with her when they first met? Nuh uh. Makes no sense at all.


I liked Aria and Perry as separate characters. They are great characters and I think I could have loved their romance had it not zoomed past second and third base within like two days. Also their feelings for each other grew a bit too fast. In the beginning, they hated each other. Natural enemies. And it took a while for them to get along, and then become friends. Which is too bad because I think I could have really liked them. In which case, I would have loved this book.

I will say this though: I definitely couldn't put it down. If you don't mind a fast-paced romance (at least in the sex part of the relationship,) then you will definitely love this book. I'm just too particular about the build-up of a couple to have liked Perry/Aria. Other than that, I recognized that this is going to be a really great series.
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Format: Paperback
Aria is a seventeen year-old Dweller who lives in Reverie in what is called a Pod, a dome-like structure that protects its inhabitants from the outside wasteland called the Death Shop where violent energy storms can strike and kill entire villages. Her world is technological. She wears a Smarteye device that allows her mind to go into virtual worlds where she can experience almost anything virtually. Perry is an Outsider who lives with a tribe in a small village. He is a tall warrior who hunts with bow and arrow and has a heightened sense of smell and night vision. To the Dwellers, Outsiders are considered savage, wild and diseased.

When Aria loses the link to her scientist mother who lives in another Pod, she plans to find out why and ends up involved in a horrible event that gets her thrown out of her home into the wilderness of the Death Shop. Perry finds her and the two dislike and mistrust each other outright, but their own circumstances make them realize they need each other.

I loved reading this dystopian story that blended so well two worlds, a more primitive one with a futuristic one. Rossi not only built a world I could easily and wonderfully get lost in, but also characters that jumped off the page. Perry and Aria are flawed, strong, courageous and so likeable. They both grow and change as the story progresses. The distinction between the two worlds is reinforced by language, dress and behaviour. Rossi knew how to make them unique yet believable for us, even relate-able. I think that's what really attracted me about the whole story.

The narrative is written with dual perspectives, Aria and Perry's and this really helped solidify my view of each character.
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By EA Solinas HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWER on Feb. 20 2012
Format: Hardcover
The entire planet has been blasted by the Aether, making life out in the unprotected surface dangerous and harsh.

And an odyssey across this postapocalyptic world forms the backbone of "Under The Never Sky," a solid dystopian sci-fi novel. While the plot is pretty simple, Veronica Rossi twines it in sensual prose and well-rounded characters -- as well as a glimpse of how our lives are made better by technology, but we need the wildness of REAL life to remain sane.

Ever since the Aether blasted the Earth, the human race has been split into two major groups. There are the Outsiders, who eke out a meager existence in the outside world. And there are the Dwellers, who live in high-tech Pods and immerse their minds in the virtual-reality Realms.

When a bunch of teenagers go into an abandoned Pod, Aria is horrified when Consul Hess's son Soren sets the place on fire. She's only barely saved by a young Outsider who has broken into the pod, and he leaves with her Smarteye (a comm device). When Consul Hess decides to cover up his son's actions, he tosses Aria out into the outside world, where she's expected to die from disease or Aether.

Instead, she's found by the Outsider boy who rescued her before, Perry. But because he stole the Smarteye, his dying nephew has been kidnapped by the Dwellers, and he has run away from his tribe to save the boy. Now the two outcasts must travel to the only person who can help them find a way into the Pods -- as well as a shocking secret that could change their worlds forever.

Dystopian fiction is having something of a boom right now, and "Under the Never Sky" is a lovely example of the genre.
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