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.
In her enthralling debut, Veronica Rossi sends readers on an unforgettable adventure set in a world brimming with harshness and beauty.
©2012 Veronica Rossi (P)2012 HarperCollins Publishers
LOVE, LOVE, LOVE, Under the Never Sky! This story grabbed me and did not let go. First off, the storyline itself is beyond impressive, but the writing, oh it blew me away. Veronica Rossi describes smells, sounds, and emotions so explicitly. I admit it took me a few chapters before I was able to grasp onto the flow of the story. It’s different.
Aria is a Dweller. She lives in pod with her people, sheltered from the outside. They live in a virtual world where they can experience endless possibilities…except the real. Aria’s mother is away and she hasn’t heard from her. She’s more than a little worried, which leads to putting herself in a dangerous situation to get information. Then disaster strikes and her world is turned upside down.
Perry is an Outsider. He lives in a treacherous world where you must fight to stay alive. There are many threats, but the most dangerous is the unpredictable sky and cannibals. Yeah, I said cannibals. Through a twist of events, Perry and Aria, are forced to become allies.
We get a deeper understanding of these complex characters through each of their perspectives. The end left me breathless and aching for Through the Ever Night. This is a beautiful story and I encourage you to read/listen to it if you haven’t already.
Yes, it was intriguing and fun.
Perry, he was unique
Sent to die, Aria learns how to live
I have taught my two boys at home for the last 8 years. A love of literature of all kinds led me to Audible.
I loved the juxtaposition of the worlds in which Aria and Peregrine live. Rossi is skilled in character building, in throwing in just the right amount of detail to build reader suspense, and in choosing the best storytelling method for readers to understand and empathize with the choices and emotions with which Aria and Perry must struggle. Having read many reviews and booklists and author reviews on Good Reads, I strongly suspected I would admire the work of Rossi and enjoy this tale. I was not disappointed. What a unique future Rossi envisions. There were plenty of moments when I was wrapped up in the cautionary messages that were embedded in the story line and what made those moments poignant was the very real sense that the outcome Rossi's world showed me could actually be one of the million different ways our future may go someday. She clearly understands the very tangible benefits technological advancements can have for humanity and yet she eloquently demonstrates that despite humanity's ability to invent tech the greatest barrier to our happiness, our stability, and our survival is our ability to protect the awesome environments in which we live, to understand how to thrive within those fragile environments, and to realize that nature is lasting while humans are really very temporary. The second book is already downloaded on my Tablet.
I have read and listened to hundreds and hundreds of book. These days, I listen to many more books than I actually read. I do have my favorite narrators. An amazing story teller makes a book come alive. I try very hard to be flexible. I had an annoyingly difficult time getting over one huge problem with this narrator. Close your eyes, put your earphones on (much the way I listen at night) and listen for awhile to this narrator. For the longest time I was confused about who was who in this story because of the way this narrator pronounces the name 'Perry or Peregrine." I thought there was a 'Harry" in this story which confused me because I had read the description and there was no "Harry" that I could find. She was inconsistent. I cannot understand how it is that a hard 'P' sound can sometimes come out with a breathy 'H' sound but this person managed it. I would be deep into the story, focused entirely on envisioning where the characters were, what they looked like, and how they were interacting with each other, and then, BAM, I would hear her say, "Harry" rather than "Perry," and my concentration was gone and I was more focused on the mechanics of listening and figuring out who she was talking about. Since Perry is one of the main characters the narrator's pronunciation of the name 'Perry' is super important. The narrator's emotion, timing, and energy were great. I just could not get over the hurdle her lack of enunciation was throwing up for me. At first I thought it was just me so I played several chapters for my family members and a close friend without telling them what I was asking them to look for in the narration. They heard it as well. I just downloaded the second book and I am excited for a different narrator.
I had a difficult time connecting to the characters. I thought their emotional interconnectedness was weak and, while the author tried to make the case that someone was devastated by the loss of someone, she barely made the case: you were just supposed to believe it, I guess. The story was believable but, mostly, thin except at the end where things got interesting. I'm glad I stuck it out...I had thought about putting the book down many times before I got there, though.
I'm a 47 year old mom of two young girls. Just recently discovered young adult fiction, as well as dystopian novels.
I bought the whole trilogy, and then let it sit on my phone for a year before finally giving it another chance! I was completely bored by the first few chapters. Just didn't resonate at all with me. Fortunately, new engaging characters are quickly added, and it became more interesting. Ultimately, I enjoyed the series. Nothing too intense, neither the violence or romance, but enjoyable. I'd recommend it for a teen or adult who likes dystopian fiction. I thought the narrator was perfect for this book.
I honesty had little hopes for this book after reading the description but still thought I would give it a chance. I absolutely loved it and instantly downloaded the next book.
I feel that the narrator was mechanical sounding and flat. It could have been worse, but it could have been MUCH better.
This story was much better than I had anticipated. I think I like the idea of the future with it's technology, etc. but living as primitively as possible. This concept makes the future seem more plausible, but then again, that's just my opinion.
I feel Veronica Rossi did a great job of developing the storyline, providing some relationship frustration, a huge plot twist at the end, and one hell of a cliffhanger. I'd be crazy not to read the next in the series to find out what happens.
I did have a hard time picturing a tanned blonde savage as Perry. Every time I tried to imagine a blonde, he was clean cut and clean, but when I incorporated the rest of his description, he had longer dark hair and had that beautiful dirty sheen to him. Oh well, my loss. As far as Aria is concerned, I'm especially excited to see that she has grown into her own, and although super naive at the beginning of the story can now survive on her own.
I enjoyed all the characters except those few we were meant to dislike, like Soren and his father. Although we haven't heard about Soren since the beginning, I have a feeling he will make an appearance later in the series.
I was really reading this as a "filler" until one of my preorders came out but I ended up really enjoying it. I will have to read the others!
Social sci-fi, vampires, and modern detective thrillers, oh my!
I wasn't sure I was going to like this book in the beginning but as soon as the plot started to form and Aria began to change, I was hooked! I'd like there to be two narrators for the male and female parts in the age group corresponding to the characters.
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