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Under the Never Sky (Under the Never Sky #1)

4.01  ·  Rating Details ·  90,481 Ratings  ·  8,233 Reviews
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
Hardcover, US, 374 pages
Published January 3rd 2012 by HarperCollins (first published December 1st 2011)
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Jessica Pope Argh I know I hate the cover!! To answer your questions: (1) I certainly think so! (2) Yes! the whole concept is fascinating and sort of changed how I…moreArgh I know I hate the cover!! To answer your questions: (1) I certainly think so! (2) Yes! the whole concept is fascinating and sort of changed how I saw things. (3) One of the main characters, Aria, I found annoying sometimes, but she grew on me. Every single one of the characters had complex and interesting backgrounds, and I loved pretty much all of them :D(less)

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Kat Kennedy
Nov 23, 2011 Kat Kennedy rated it really liked it
Sometimes your book reading experience comes down to one single factor: Do you like the MC?

That character can make or break a book.

Name the biggest praise and the biggest complaint about J.D. Salinger's Catcher in the Rye. If you said they're both Holden Caulfield then you get the gold star.

This book was teetering on a precipice for me. It could either land back on solid ground or go toppling off into the deep end. eventually, the main characters, Aria and Perry, are what stacked it back to bei
Wendy Darling
2.5 stars My feelings on Under the Never Sky are fair to middling. Overall, it had a lot of potential, but unfortunately, I had a hard time staying interested in the story and invested in the characters. The book is one of many recent dystopian-lite novels that have been cropping up in the YA market recently, and while I don't always mind books that are less focused on the world-building as long as something else is done well, neither the characters nor the plot were so outstanding here that the ...more
Nov 02, 2011 Tatiana rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: fans of "Blood Red Road" who would like something similar without the dialect
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My opinion about Under the Never Sky is similar to the one I have about Unearthly. I am not going to claim that these books are ground-breaking or Printz-worthy. But in their genres, dystopia/post-apocalyptic and PNR respectively, they are as good as it gets. They are well written and entertaining, with characters and relationships that do not annoy and make you roll your eyes.

The summary of Under the Never Sky does this book a disservice. It is accurate enough, but o
Lola  Reviewer

Well, this sure isn’t your usual dystopian read. It was quite captivating, but not actually perfect. I enjoyed many things about it, such as the little twists, that were mostly unpredictable, the unique characters and the romance.

‘‘This was my first kiss,’’ she said. ‘‘My first real one.’’

‘‘Felt like the first real one for me, too.’’


Aria and Perry were so beautiful together. To be honest, there is a lot lot lot of angst in this since around 75% of the story is based on them getting to know ea
Steph Sinclair
Nov 01, 2011 Steph Sinclair rated it it was ok
Recommends it for: People who like sci-fi and are okay with sketchy world building
Recommended to Steph by: Many people

This is a difficult book to review. I want to start off by saying this is not a bad book. I think this book will appeal to a lot of people, but at the same time will turn others off. I was, for the most part, turned off. I really don't think it is my kind of book, which is strange considering dystopian is my favorite sub-genre. And if I'm really being honest here, I feel a little conned by this being marketed as dystopian. Sci-Fi, yes. Dystopian, no. Maybe post-apocalyptic, but even that is push
Stacia (the 2010 club)

He jerked when she traced the shape of the wings on his skin, a groan sliding out of him. Perry silently cursed himself. He couldn't have sounded more savage if he'd tried.

4.5 stars. I fell so in love with this book that I scrapped my original thought to do a rolling montage of a girl walking in combat boots with her hair blowing in the wind while the theme song of The Young And The Restless played in the background. I realized that I just wanted to talk about the damn book without being s
"A world of nevers under a never sky."

There's always something so compelling about a book with a tantalizing title. Under The Never Sky first caught my attention because the title seemed so... fanciful somehow. I've been out of the loop for a while now, so I hadn't even heard of this book, but when HarperCollins put me on auto-approve, I took a chance and requested. And I'm really glad I did.

First things first, this is not strictly a dystopian novel. Nitpicky, I know, but while it is post-apoca
Brigid *Flying Kick-a-pow!*

For some reason, I had somewhat high expectations for this book. I don't even know why, really. I thought the premise sounded cool. Like, "Ooh! Firestorms! Cannibals! It sounds so exciting!" Plus the average rating on Goodreads is pretty high ... although, by now I probably should have learned that the average rating means pretty much nothing.

So, I'd like to tell ya what this book is about, but to be honest I'm not sure how to describe it. Basically this girl, Aria, is exiled from her dystopian
Actual rating: 4.5/5 Peregrine stars

Under the Never Sky is the book one in this series and before you start it, I strongly suggest you read its novella, Roar and Liv first so that you can have better understanding about what happened to Liv in this book.

Unlike the novella, this time the story was told in the third-person POV, and alternated between Perry and Aria's viewpoints. There were two kinds of people living on Earth, the Dwellers and the Outsiders. The former were called "Moles
Emily May
Nov 02, 2011 Emily May rated it really liked it

I thought Tatiana's comparisons between this and Blood Red Road were spot on, Under the Never Sky is definitely a very similar kind of book but without the strange dialect that sometimes made the other difficult to appreciate at times. They both focus on the dystopian aspect, instead of getting caught up in a romantic whirlwind, they both feature a journey that keeps the novels fast-paced and interesting, and I can honestly say that I cared about the characters in both books.

The romance, when i
Michelle, the Bookshelf Stalker  Queen of the Undead
I tried twice. I only reached 10% so no ratings for this one. The writing style is way too choppy, and there are so many pronouns that I get lost on what the heck is going on.

However, maybe it is me since many other readers have no problems reading it AND clearly they enjoy it. So, don't let my inability to read this book stop you from giving it a try.

Yes I'm eating crow.

I was wrong!

Don't be shocked. It happens often. I know you can't believe it but yeah, I was wrong.

This turned out to be a go
Reynita Maharani ★ The Night Reader ★


First review :

when the first time i saw this book in a bookstore,i was like"this book has a weird cover"and i know,"don't judge a book by its cover" but i do that sometimes
but i decided to buy this book because i didn't have any books to read that time.
and i thought this book would be weird but i was wrong so so wrong and after i read a few chapters,i captivated with this book,the story was getting better and better every chapters and what i loved ab
Rachel Reads Ravenously
3 stars

“A world of nevers under a never sky.”

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Well kiddies, I am in the minority again. While I enjoyed this book, it lacked the wow factor that I was expecting from it, especially since many of the ratings are 4 and 5 stars.

Under the Never Sky is about Aria, a Dweller, and Perry an Outsider. Both live in a dystopian world placed hundreds of years after our present. After a fatal incident brings Aria and Perry together, both of them are cast out from their groups and must battle to survi
Kat O'Keeffe
Jan 01, 2013 Kat O'Keeffe rated it really liked it
Under the Never Sky is set in a post-apocalyptic world prone to energy storms in which the few human survivors are either Dwellers, living in government controlled pods, or Outsiders, living in the wasteland. When Aria, a Dweller, is exiled from the safety of her home, she forms an alliance with Perry, an Outsider, to work toward a common goal.

I really liked this book. In the beginning I had a little bit of trouble connecting with the characters and the story, though I think this is largely due
Yeah, that's right—5 stars, glitches! This book is massive champ. Sorry, I just had to find a way to use that Dweller slang somewhere in this review. Ha. Now that I got that out of my system let's get down to business.

Under the Never Sky is set in the future where the world is ravaged by Aether storms that strike the earth with fire. Humanity's forced to split into two different societies—the Dwellers and the Outsiders. The Dwellers live in dome Pods and people go about their daily business wea
This review is also available on my blog, Qwerty

Lets recall how I decided to pick this one up, Rage Comic style!

Pffftt...this book just isn't for me. I made it up to 50% and then I couldn't go on anymore. Realizing just how many 4-5-stars ratings for this book, I decided not to rate it because I think the problem partly lies in me.

Patience. I don't haz it.

Aria and Perry both have a very unique and distinctive background with countless terms dedicated to describe their daily lives. Reverie, Realm
Ava Oceana
I owe this book so much.

For several months, I’d been a horrendous reading slump - the kind where you have a pile of books to choose from and read, but you actively avoid them all and spend your free time stuffing your face with junk food and watching Netflix.

I’d received a lot of advise for the slump: read novellas, read comedy books, and watch more television (which was a really bad idea, because then I watched all eight seasons of SUPERNATURAL in a row).

But I decided to pick up UNDER THE NEVER
Cait (Paper Fury)
Ohhh, my poor aching head. This was NOT what I was expecting at all. I spent most of the book tossing between 2-stars or 3-stars, so it's a 2.5? I absolutely did not connect to this book.

I did like Perry and Aria, even if their romance was insanely weird. How weird? Well, it didn't exist...until suddenly it did. Just because you help and work with someone doesn't mean that's a pathway to love. There has to be, maybe, some chemistry, too?? I liked them as individuals, though. Aria wasn't an

I just─ I mean, like─ I can't even─


Emer (ALittleHaze)
Oh this book!!! It gave me ALL the feelings.
And isn't that just a beautiful title??? "Under the never sky" sounds almost dreamlike. Really beautiful. Top marks for the name :)

So the world building? It's good!! I like it. I want to know more!!

We basically have two populations; the Dwellers and the Outsiders. We know that everyone used to live in the Unity until the Aether brought all these mad crazy electrical storms and caused the people to split into these two separate populations with
This kind of review never fails to bring out my shifty, shyster side. (Yes, I certainly do have one).

I tend to think of my reviews for this genre as shoddily assembled, incoherent rambles. And I use the word “genre” there without a modifier because if you take a peek at my shelves for this book, you’ll see that I have absolutely no idea where to put it. That’s right, I probably couldn’t tell the difference between speculative and sci-fi if they walked up to me on the street and punched me in th
Aj the Ravenous Reader
During the first few chapters of this book, I was tempted to violate my sacred rule in reading books (finishing a book once I started it). The backdrop of the story seems so alien to me and I felt like I will be reading another measly done dystopian trilogy. But wait, after reading the first few chapters. I have proven myself wrong. Under the Never Sky is an original dystopian novel and is a very strong foundation to a trilogy. So, for fans of dystopian series, this series is a must read.
Aug 01, 2013 Kiki marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
This is the fugliest book cover I have ever seen.
Melissa (Ever So Mela)

Well color me surprised.

I'm at a Look, after those first few pages I expected this to be pure and utter shit. Abominable shit at that. I mean, seriously, that was an awful beginning. Atrocious! I had to push through. And I only did so because everyone loved this. Tons of friends kept saying it'd get better. I'll let you in on a little secret. I did not believe my friends. I had you all for liars cause I could not for the life of me get how in the world this could get
Jillian -always aspiring-
Under the Never Sky and I were bound to have a rocky relationship. The original description for the novel was a "take on Romeo and Juliet in a post-apocalyptic setting." Mention Romeo and Juliet, and my hackles rise. Romeo and Juliet did a lot of stupid things for the sake of lust "love" – and, as much as recent young adult books have tried to paint Shakespeare's famous tragedy as a "great love story," it's not something that should be emulated or, frankly, even wanted. Thus, coming into reading ...more
Wendy Higgins
Awesome. I love that Veronica Rossi was able to surprise me, repeatedly, along the way. I also loved that Aria and Perry truly disliked each other in the beginning. It was fun to watch their disgust for one another turn into something deep and swoony. Beautiful writing. Beautiful story.
Robin (Bridge Four)
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I like it when an author can write from various PoV and I never have to look back at the front of the chapter to remember who is speaking. I have read a few books where every character sounds the same in there chapters and I never experienced that in Rossi's writing.

This is a fun easy read. Rossi doesn't shove a bunch of background dialog about how thing became what they are you learn through the story and some things you figure out on your own. It took me a few c
Yesy (The Book Vagrant)
I don't know what I was expecting, but it certainly wasn't what I read, and I loved every second of it.

This was a nonstop adventure from beginning to end. There was hardly a moment when I felt bored or uninterested. It was a complete ride and I loved every second of it.

My favorite part was probably -- surprise -- the characters. I particularly loved Aria's character development because it felt natural and I found myself rooting for her more and more as the story progressed. I also loved Roar, a
*** 3.45 ***

A buddy read with my BBB friends!

The Never Sky is a mostly Young Adult Distopia which deals with our world in a future in which aether is poisoning the atmosphere and aether storms destroy the environment. Most people are forced to live in Pods, where everything is sanitized, space is very limited, and life is mostly led in a virtual multiple level world...

Our heroine comes from this perfectly programmed and artificial setting and dew to unlikely bad run of fate she becomes the te
Wow. Just, wow.

I know now, after like...five books...I will always listen to Fauzy when he tells me to read a book. xD

(Well, he was the second person to tell me, which convinced me even more.)

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Veronica Rossi's debut novel, UNDER THE NEVER SKY, will be published in over twenty-five international markets, starting on January 3rd 2012 in the United States. Film rights to the trilogy have been optioned by Warner Bros.

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