Author : Veronica Rossi
Publisher : HarperCollins
Source : Bought
Pages : 374 (Hardback)
Summary from Goodreads :
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.
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I read this book near the end of last year (again a product of procrastinating), but the story is still lingering in my head until now. Under The Never Sky is unlike some Dystopia series I've read which mostly are about how the main characters struggling to be free from tyrant and dictator government. Instead this book is more about how the characters grow and survive at the wild contains a lot of dangerous things even like cannibals and deadly, unbeatable storm that can strike anytime and destroy everything under it. This book is also very unique and interesting because it also has fantasy element in, some characters possess a 'gift', the amplified sense(s) that help their survival a lot. Beautifully written, narrated by admirable characters, full with heart-pounding adventure and action, also surprisingly sweet love story, I nearly could not put this book down!
The character and relationship development are very well-written, probably it's the plus point in this book. It's slowly built through hard and painful circumstances to a very satisfying result. It was really interesting to follow both Aria's and Perry's voices and thoughts, the story is alternately told by both POV. They're so different from each other, full of hate and prejudice at the first but slowly they start to have sort of understanding and finally they fall for each other. The story is somehow really intense, like you have to prepare you might see something you would not like in any time but it's also soften by how the characters interacted to each other and of course, the love story between Aria and Perry which was a bit bitter-sweet. I really loved it! =)
I love most of the characters here, no one was particularly very bad, well, except Hess and the cannibals of course. I really admire Aria. She's really strong-willed and adaptable, even in a hopeless moment she still tries to survive. I enjoyed her struggle, her fear and whines were very reasonable I barely felt irritated by them. Perry, my Perry. Ha. Yeah, he stole my heart completely. Perry is not like the other bad-boy type I've ever read, he's the perfect bad boy ever. He's very unique and complex, at one side he's wild, harsh and a bit impulsive, but at another side he's already so responsible and loyal to his people, always think about others and also surprisingly fragile and very very sweet. I really really REALLY love him, so much! Then we also have this awesome Roar, everyone's best friend. I really love his easy-going and warm personality, his friendship between both Aria and Perry are very beautiful. There are still a lot secondary characters and they enrich and color the story with each uniqueness, although sometime I wanted to tweak Cinder's ear.
Also unlike other Dystopia, this book has no cliffhanger ending although it's only the book one. But still it makes you more curious about what happen next and I believe if you love this book, you'll desperately can't wait to read more about Aria and Perry's adventure under the never sky. One really great series! So guys if you love Dystopia and love to see the different one, you might try this series.
Happy reading! =)