Published: January 2012 Harper Teen
Series: Yes – Part 1 Under The Never Sky Series
Genre: Young Adult, Dystropian
Story: “Under The Never Sky” is centered around 2 main characters, Aria and Perry. Aria is a “dweller” from one of the man made Pods that sustain life since Ether storms have taken over and changed the Earth forever – this time of change is referred to as the Unity. Perry is an outsider, or savage, and lives in the outler lands fighting to survive in the wilds and survive the Ether storms which grow in strength each year. Aria comes from a world of technology where people live experiences in realms or “virtual worlds”, while Perry lives life in the “real” and takes each day as it comes. Pending news of Aria’s Mother’s Pod going offline, Aria goes to extreme measures to get information on her, and this gets her exhiled from her Pod, exhiled from the only home she knows. She is dropped into the Wastelands to die and this is where Perry finds her. Their journey together searching for answers and redemption forge a bond between them even though they both try to hate the other. As the journey continues to save the ones they love, they both begin to realize that the bond between them is depper than either could have predicted it to be. Aria learns a lot about herself, but so does Perry. They make the journey in the begining as separates, but emerge in the end as a single unit.
My Thoughts: I cannot rave enough about this book – I loved it. Aria is such a strong female character and I love that Perry and their relationship only adds to her strength. I am a fan of the “Twilgiht” series but one of the things i hated was that Bella was so dependent on Edward – I love that Aria is her own person and grows so much through this journey together. I also loved that it was a romance but the back story of what was going on was also exciting. It features the two main characters but other blasts of color come through as we get to know Roar and Marron. They will be mroe central in the second novel, but I loved Roar from Page 1. In essense, read this if you have not, it’s a great start to a series and will not let you down. The romance is sweet and endearing, but not too “unrealistic” and the storyline follows suit and keeps you interested. If you’re a girl – you will gush over Perry and if you’re a guy, you will love the strength you see in Aria.
Fantastic Take Away Quote or 2:
This first quote is my personal favorite from the series and is deep considering the age of the characters but speaks of the depth of their connection.
“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.”
This second quote comes in the first novel, but will be referred back to as the book goes on so I feel it is important –
“Love is a rebellious bird that no one can tame.”
The last – I wasn’t going to add this but i can’t help myself – IF Perry didn’t make you swoon before, here is another reason why:
Aria says, “Do you ever miss anything?” Perry smiled. ‘You all the time.”
Last – again had to add this because i think it speaks to the strength of the characters and the book:
“If there was no fear, how could there be comfort? Or courage?”
BUY the book – today – go out and read it and let me know what you think! I had previously raved about Delirium, but after this I think Under the Ever Sky is quickly becoming one of my favorite series. I can also see it being re-read as the sequels come out, so it’s worth the green to have it to keep on your E Book shelf or real book shelf. Overall, I give it a 5/5 stars. I loved the writing, characters, and plot. Cannot wait to see more from Veronica Rossi.