Series Title: Under the Never Sky
Author: Veronica Rossi
Number of Books: 3
Genre: Fanstasy, Dystopia, Young Adult
Series Rating: 3/5 stars ★★★
BOOK 1: Under the Never Sky
“She looked up. “A world of nevers under a never sky.”
She fit in well then, he thought. A girl who never shut up.”
WORLDS KEPT THEM APART.
DESTINY BROUGHT THEM TOGETHER.
Aria has lived her whole life in the protected dome of Reverie. Her entire world confined to its spaces, she’s never thought to dream of what lies beyond its doors. So when her mother goes missing, Aria knows her chances of surviving in the outer wasteland long enough to find her are slim.
Then Aria meets an outsider named Perry. He’s searching for someone too. He’s also wild – a savage – but might be her best hope at staying alive.
If they can survive, they are each other’s best hope for finding answers.
“Love was like the waves in the sea, gentle and good sometimes, rough and terrible at others, but that it was endless and stronger than the sky and earth and everything in between.”
It’s been months since Aria last saw Perry. Months since Perry was named Blood Lord of the Tides, and Aria was charged with an impossible mission. Now, finally, they are about to be reunited. But their reunion is far from perfect. The Tides don’t take kindly to Aria, a former Dweller. And with the worsening Aether storms threatening the tribe’s precarious existence, Aria begins to fear that leaving Perry behind might be the only way to save them both.
Threatened by false friends and powerful temptations, Aria and Perry wonder, can their love survive through the ever night?
BOOK 3: Into the Still Blue
“We all have the potential to do terrible things. But we also have the potential to overcome our mistakes.”
The race to the Still Blue has reached a stalemate. Aria and Perry are determined to find this last safe haven from the Aether storms before Sable and Hess do—and they are just as determined to stay together.
Within the confines of a cave they’re using as a makeshift refuge, they struggle to reconcile their people, Dwellers and Outsiders, who are united only in their hatred of their desperate situation. Meanwhile, time is running out to rescue Cinder, who was abducted by Hess and Sable for his unique abilities. Then Roar arrives in a grief-stricken fury, endangering all with his need for revenge.
Out of options, Perry and Aria assemble an unlikely team for an impossible rescue mission. Cinder isn’t just the key to unlocking the Still Blue and their only hope for survival–he’s also their friend. And in a dying world, the bonds between people are what matter most.
In this final book in her earth-shattering Under the Never Sky trilogy, Veronica Rossi raises the stakes to their absolute limit and brings her epic love story to an unforgettable close.
3 of 5 stars to Under the Never Sky Series by Veronica Rossi
Dystopian genre is the hype these days so it’s no surprise that there are an abundance of books published in this genre every year. In the beginning, it was the unique and gripping plot that brought in the flock of readers but as more books got released year after year, it was as if every dystopian plot has been exhausted to the maximum. If you’re a fan of the genre, it won’t be a problem for you. So for the non-fans who are tired of reading the same thing over and over again, what will we expect of the new Dystopian releases? To be honest, nothing really. It all just comes down to the story execution and writing. Several books may have the same plot but others will stand out either because of the impeccable writing or the awesome characters. In Under the Never Sky’s case, it is a book with a sketchy world building (a huge crime for dystopia as some may say but I disagree) but what makes it different is the extraordinarily written characters.
Under the Never Sky has amazingly immature characters. You might find it annoying at the beginning but you will realize that immature characters have more room for growth and improvement throughout the progression of the series then you’ll appreciate the author’s efforts to make her characters realistic and relatable. Dystopian genres usually feature capable leads who possess talents and skills that help them survive their journey. If not, they are somehow “special” or “different” from the rest e.g. Katniss in Hunger Games is athletic, expert in archery; Tris in Divergent is literally a divergent and she learns to be dauntless. In this book, you’ll find the main character, Aria, with nothing special about her. She has a great singing voice which seems useless in a dystopian world and it’s not something she worked hard for. Her geneticist mom is said to have programmed her genes that way. She is sheltered, she is whiny, she is easily frightened and most of all, she is a heroine that is realistically portraying a girl who’s lost in a new world. Never worry, it doesn’t last. She gets to improve as the story progresses and she acquires new skills as well. As for the male lead, Peregrine, he is stubborn and immature. He tries so hard to find a place in his tribe and to be acknowledged as a hero that lead him to make several mistakes. Although the leads have several “flaws” in their characters, they eventually outgrow them and become kickass protagonists.
If you want a dystopian genre with a vivid world building, you won’t find it here. There are some aspects not perfectly drawn or rather, was not given emphasis as the author focused more on her characters, which I liked. Don’t let this discourage you though. Under the Never Sky series is still a great read if only for the characters alone.