Author: Veronica Rossi
Date of Publication: January 3, 2012
Formats Available: Hardcover, Paperback, E-Book
Synopsis: Aria is a Dweller, she has always lived in an alternate reality, her eyepiece giving her the ability to travel the virtual realms without even having to move. Aria has never experienced emotions such as fear or sadness, nor has she ever seen a real tree or felt the warmth of a fire. After being involved in a horrible accident of which she is falsely accused she is exiled from her home and sentenced to death in the Outside, a place where none of the Dwellers can survive. There she meets Perry, a wild and savage boy who has lived his whole life on the Outside. They strike up an alliance and soon find themselves falling in love, a love they both know can never last.
I absolutely adored Under the Never Sky, I devoured this book in one day and loved every second of it. Rossi creates a hauntingly possible futuristic world where technology is an addiction and people are unable to survive without it. Aria and Perry, while complete opposites, were fantastic characters; Perry representing basic human instincts while Aria represented a fast paced electronic world.
Aria's futuristic world is riddled with technology addiction, never having to feel emotions such as fear or stress. Their world so far removed from reality that the Dwellers cannot even breathe the air on the Outside. Meanwhile Perry lives in a primitive tribe where they must hunt for food, barely surviving. Because the Dwellers never use their basic human instincts they begin to go insane, their emotions becoming confused. Proving that the farther we move into technology the more we neglect our basic human instincts.
I loved both Perry and Aria, even though their so different they find that love for family and friends never changes. The captivating plot held me until the last page, both Perry and Aria not finding quite what they were looking for but finding something much better in the process. Roar and Cinder are both interesting secondary characters, from Cinder's mysterious powers to Roar's hearing abilities.
Under the Never Sky was a fantastic first novel, the ending leaves it open for a sequel which I am desperately hoping for. Rossi is an extremely talented writer weaving a story of love, technology, and adventure. I would recommend this book to science fiction fans and fans of urban fantasy or paranormal romance, books this good are few and far between.