Friday, March 2, 2012

Book Review: Under the Never Sky (Under the Never Sky #1) by Veronica Rossi

Under the Never Sky (Under the Never Sky #1) by Veronica Rossi
Release Date: 7th February 2012  
 Pier 9
Format: Paperback 
Rating: 4.0/5.0

This book was read as part of the 2012 Debut Author Challenge

Summary from Amazon:
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"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."

This, again, was one of those books that I’d heard a lot about through other bloggers reviews, and was keen to get my hands on it as soon as possible. And I have to say, I was really happy with this book. I liked the characters, the plot, the romance, the underlying messages, but I have to say, my favourite part was the premise of the book itself. I can’t say that I’ve read something like this before, and this part of the book really intrigued me. I enjoyed reading about the world Aria inhabited – living in Reverie, roaming through the Realms. And, I also equally enjoyed reading about the world Perry inhabited – a violent planet where you have to fight and struggle to survive every day.

But, at times, I also didn’t enjoy reading about Perry and his world – it seemed quite barbaric, and a bit confusing for me. In this future world in which Perry lives, people don’t really have emotions anymore – you don’t love somebody, you are rendered to them. Brothers don’t love each other, they fight to be Bloodlord, the leader of their tribes. And father’s don’t love their sons, don’t protect them – they place the wellbeing of the tribe above their own flesh and blood. These parts of the book I hated; you would think that living in a violent world would force people together, but no, apparently not.

I enjoyed reading the novel, but the entire time, I was waiting for that one thing to happen, that one plot point that would take the book from good to amazing. But that just didn’t happen. I just felt that, whilst this book was really good, it just missed something, a bit of pizazz. Maybe this was because their were parts of the books I hated, maybe not – I’m not really sure.

Overall, this is a book I would recommend, because I know there are people out there who love this type of book. It’s most likely that I will read the following books, but I won’t be rushing out to buy them as soon as they hit the shelves.

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