Book One in the Under the Never Sky Series.
Published 3rd January, 2012 by HarperCollins
Aria lives in the protected dome of Reverie. They called the world beyond the walls of the Pod “the Death Shop.” A million ways to die out there. After an unfortunate incident, Aria is kicked out of Reverie and left to die in the outer wasteland. Dwellers never last long in the Death Shop. Then Aria meets Perry, an Outsider. Aria wants to get to the Pod where her mother was last seen and needs Perry’s help to travel across the wasteland safely. It just so happens that Perry needs her help in finding someone who was taken from him as well. The unlikely pair travel together, gradually getting closer and forming an impossible bond.
A million ways to die. One way to live.
Under the Never Sky is one of my favourite books from this recent surge of young adult post-apocalyptic style novels. I liked both of the main characters. Aria wasn’t a whiner and Perry was an actual, as-promised, bad boy – pretty much a savage. Their romance was done really well. Obviously they can’t stand each other in the beginning but start to like each other more and more as the story unfolds. You read the book from both of their perspectives – I find that this always makes romances pack more of a swoon punch (swoon punch? is that a thing?).
As for the wasteland itself, it’s really cool. There are these energy storms called the Aether that brew dangerously in the sky before lashing out violently. I imagined it all to be quite stunning as well as dangerous.
Even on my second reading, I couldn’t put this book down. It’s very compulsive. Plus, in this and it’s sequel, Veronica Rossi doesn’t leave any horrible cliffhangers. The pertinent stuff gets dealt with before the end of the book, but there’s still enough to keep you hanging for the next instalment.