Author: Veronica Rossi
Series: Under the Never Sky, #1
Publication Date: January 3, 2012
Synopsis: Aria is a teenager in the enclosed city of Reverie. Like all Dwellers, she spends her time with friends in virtual environments, called Realms, accessed through an eyepiece called a Smarteye. Aria enjoys the Realms and the easy life in Reverie. When she is forced out of the pod for a crime she did not commit, she believes her death is imminent. The outside world is known as The Death Shop, with danger in every direction.
As an Outsider, Perry has always known hunger, vicious predators, and violent energy storms from the swirling electrified atmosphere called the Aether. A bit of an outcast even among his hunting tribe, Perry withstands these daily tests with his exceptional abilities, as he is gifted with powerful senses that enable him to scent danger, food and even human emotions.
They come together reluctantly, for Aria must depend on Perry, whom she considers a barbarian, to help her get back to Reverie, while Perry needs Aria to help unravel the mystery of his beloved nephew’s abduction by the Dwellers. Together they embark on a journey challenged as much by their prejudices as by encounters with cannibals and wolves. But to their surprise, Aria and Perry forge an unlikely love - one that will forever change the fate of all who live UNDER THE NEVER SKY
Verdict: Before I begin my actual review, I have to tell you a funny little story concerning this book. I downloaded it from Netgalley the night before New Years and told myself that I wouldn't finish it until 2012. Because 1) I had just finished writing a meme post in which I wrote about the first book I read in 2011 and the last book I read in 2011, so I couldn't read anymore books for 2011 and 2) so that it would count toward my Debut Author Challenge by The Story Siren. But what happened? I opened it up to just read a few chapters....... and read the whole darn thing. I couldn't put it down. As a result, it won't count toward my DAC and my meme post is inaccurate. Oh well, it was worth it. :D Now, on to my actual review:
There was so much hype being brought up about this book that I began to doubt that it would actually be any good. I shouldn't have worried. Veronica Rossi totally had this under control and has written a great novel that has found its way onto my favorites shelf. I absolutely loved everything about this book! The cover, the story, the characters, and the setting. I am absolutely dying to get my hands on the sequel because the ending had me flipping the page saying, "No! There has to be more!" I can't even begin to describe the book or the characters in a way that will do them justice. Just know this- I have never, ever read a book like this before; it is completely unique and one-of-a-kind! You won't regret picking this book up and meeting all of the awesome characters (Aria, Perry, Roar, Talon) and visiting this new dystopian world! <3
An ARC was provided by the publisher via Netgalley.Rating: 5/5 Stars