Veronica Rossi’s Under the Never Sky is a novel that readers are bound to adore. This dystopian novel is told in a compelling and original manner that will stick out in readers’ minds.
Under the Never Sky follows two teenagers, Aria and Perry. Aria has lived her whole life in a protected dome called the Reverie. Everything here is based on simulations. Illnesses have been eradicated and life should be perfect. However, when her mom goes missing, she’s determined to find her. She turns to the person she thinks can help her, but instead everything goes wrong. She ends up going on the outside where she ends up almost dying, and would have died if an outsider hadn’t saved her life. Next thing she knows she’s the one who’s been punished. She’s been kicked out of the Reverie and placed in the Outside. She knows her chances of survival are slim. Nobody outside the Reverie survives in this savage wasteland.
And then she meets Perry — a wild, savage outsider. Perry resents having saved Aria. If he hadn’t, his brother wouldn’t have been kidnapped by her people. However, he knows that she’s his best shot at finding his brother. Aria and Perry must journey together if they are going to try to find the people they love. This dangerous journey brings unexpected dangers, and they wonder if they will make it to the end of the journey alive. Will they find what they are looking for? Or will they find something else altogether?
Rossi’s first installment in this series is absolutely incredible. Dystopian readers will eat this one up. The novel switches between Aria’s and Perry’s perspectives, which allows readers to gain better insights into both characters. Her writing is beautiful, the world she creates is incredible, and the novel is absolutely irresistible.
Rated: Moderate. The book does contain many sexual references, and there is a sexual tension that is built into the novel. However, the references aren’t very explicit. There is also violence in this novel. It’s not overly graphic, but it is definitely a prevalent factor within the novel.