Under the Never Sky Hardcover – Jan 3 2012
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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!” (Seventeen.com)
“An unforgettable dystopian masterpiece.” (Examiner.com)
“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)
From the Back Cover
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.See all Product Description
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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.Read more ›
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.Read more ›
But what is a beautiful world without enthralling, compelling characters to populate it? Thankfully, Under the Never Sky has no shortage of those. Following two main perspectives - Aria, a "dweller" and Peregrine (Perry), an "outsider" - we as readers are given the opportunity to explore two very distinct, different, and equally fascinating societies that function seemingly completely separate from one another. And though Aria and Perry spend a good deal time in close contact with one another, they view each other and the world around them in very different ways. This gives us the opportunity to make our own judgements on the world that they live in, on the people that they come into contact with. Unlike with so many books that only follow one character and only give one character a true and honest voice, Under the Never Sky has the advantage of two unique stories that converge and turn into something all the more alive and vibrant.Read more ›
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This is one of the best books I have read I a while just finished second book in series.Published 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
This book was so well written, and the story was different enough from other books it held your attention. Read morePublished 20 months ago by Kindle Customer
This book was just sooo good! I loved the who world and the world development, the idea of aether storms and everything is just so unique! Read morePublished on March 29 2014 by Elly Mary
This sci-fi/dystopian fantasy was a great read. Veronica Rossi has created characters that readers can care about and cheer for. Read morePublished on Feb. 10 2014 by Teresa Salvatore
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. Read morePublished on July 30 2012 by Sofie
Rating: 4.5 shining stars out of 5!
Here's the truth: with the huge amount of dystopians coming out right now, I didn't expect to be blown away when I started this book. Read more
I wasn't sure what to expect from Veronica Rossi's debut, Under the Never Sky, especially after readindg the description and seeing such mixed reviews for a highly anticipated... Read morePublished on Jan. 23 2012 by Brenna