Under the Never Sky – Veronica Rossi




Aria has lived her whole life in the protected dome of Reverie. Her entire world confined to its spaces, she’s never thought to dream of what lies beyond its doors. So when her mother goes missing, Aria knows her chances of surviving in the outer wasteland long enough to find her are slim.

Then Aria meets an outsider named Perry. He’s searching for someone too. He’s also wild – a savage – but might be her best hope at staying alive.

If they can survive, they are each other’s best hope for finding answers.


My experience with Under the Never Sky was sort of funny, because I knew nothing about the book when I bought it at Barnes and Nobles. I’ve heard about that book, and I knew that people LOVED it (and Perry!), but I really just had no clue what it was about. When I was in B&N, I decided that I was not in a dystopian kind of mood. The thought brought me down. I just wanted something paranormal. When I was browsing through the new YA section, I ran across the second book in the series, Through the Evernight. Again, I knew nothing about this series. Honestly, the second book looks like a paranormal book. I didn’t even consider reading the back of it, because I’d heard such great things and it was OBVIOUSLY a paranormal book cover. Uhm. No. I was wrong. It ended up being a dystopian book!

I wish that I could join the crowd and say how much I loved Under the Never Sky. I want to be one of those girls who gushes over how awesome and hot and spectacular Perry is! I wish that I was gaga over Aria and Perry and craving the next book. Now, I didn’t DISlike Under the Never Sky. There really was nothing THAT wrong with it. Here comes the but…..I found it boring. I didn’t care for any of the characters. I wasn’t fascinated with the world that Rossi created. I wasn’t even blown away by a single scene. I was just bored. I don’t know if this happened because I was in such a dystopian funk. I really didn’t want to read a dystopian book. It actually got to the point that I set Under the Never Sky down around halfway through it and picked up Burn Bright by Bethany Frenette. I just wanted something paranormal. When I eventually went back to Under the Never Sky, it didn’t get any better for me. I stayed bored throughout the entire thing. It got to the point that I just skimmed probably the last 25% of the book. I had read it consistently up till then, but by that point, I just didn’t care what happened anymore.

The thing that bugged me most about this book was how unrealistic everything was. Now, I know that dystopian is supposed to be unrealistic, but that’s not what I’m talking about. First complaint: some things made absolutely no sense! How did Perry get into Aria’s world in the beginning of the book? They unlocked a door to let themselves out. How did that let Perry in? And how did Perry miraculously run across Aria when she was dumped off in the desert? Because he’s really just going to stumble on her and know who she is RIGHT. AWAY. Not. No. Also, Aria and Perry HATED each other. I mean…they didn’t have a single cell in their bodies that liked each other. Normally that’s fine, because there’s a progression of feelings over time. Not in this book. It literally went from them hating each other all throughout the book. And then BAM! A page turned and all of a sudden Perry had feelings for Aria. A few chapters later, Aria had feelings for Perry. WHAT?! No. That just doesn’t work for me.

Veronica Rossi’s writing is very beautiful and smooth. There was a lot of detail….probably too much for my personal taste. She’s obviously a great writer. Unfortunately, this book just didn’t rock my boat. It was okay. It wasn’t bad by any means. But….I don’t think I’ll be reading the second one. I barely even know how the first one ended, because I just didn’t care. I think that a lot of dystopian lovers are going to enjoy Under the Never Sky, and I would encourage everyone to read it based on how popular it is right now. It sucks that it wasn’t for me, but I gave it a shot!


Kiona previously reviewed Under the Never Sky and gave it 5 stars! Check out what she had to say here.


If you liked Under the Never Sky, you should check out:

Defiance by C.J. Redwine

Gravity by Melissa West

The Ward by Jordana Frankel


Pages: 374

Publication Date: January 3rd, 2012

Publisher: HarperCollins

Rating: [rating: 3]


Teaser Quote “She looked up. “A world of nevers under a never sky.”
She fit in well then, he thought. A girl who never shut up.” 

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