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

4.04 of 5 stars 4.04  ·  rating details  ·  61,111 ratings  ·  6,397 reviews


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 name...more
Paperback, UK Edition, 374 pages
Published February 7th 2012 by Atom (first published December 1st 2011)
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Cinder by Marissa MeyerThe Selection by Kiera CassUnder the Never Sky by Veronica RossiEverneath by Brodi AshtonIncarnate by Jodi Meadows
2012 Debut Authors (Young Adult & Middle Grade)
3rd out of 974 books — 5,759 voters
Insurgent by Veronica RothCity of Lost Souls by Cassandra ClareThe Fault in Our Stars by John GreenPandemonium by Lauren OliverRapture by Lauren Kate
YA Novels of 2012
23rd out of 1,284 books — 10,127 voters

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Kat Kennedy
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...more
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
Marg K.
Before someone once again accuses me of not liking or not "getting" dystopian fiction let me say that I am in fact a fan of the genre and that I do understand and appreciate it.

At its core dystopian fiction is about exploring the intricacy & dysfunction of human nature with its main focus being the pitfalls/problems of societal, political, and cultural trends as well as the consequences that follow them. Dystopian fiction serves as a cautionary tale—a warning against certain communal behavio...more
Dec 14, 2011 Tatiana rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: fans of "Blood Red Road" who would like something similar without the dialect
As seen on The Readventurer

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...more
Steph Sinclair

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...more
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 sa...more
"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...more

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 eac...more
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...more
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...more
Emily May

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...more
4.5 stars

Books like Under the Never Sky are the reason why I love dystopian fiction so much.

This novel was truly captivating. I loved every second of it and found myself fully engrossed in Veronica Rossi's wonderful imagination. I had high expectations for this debut and I can safely say I was not let down in the slightest.

The opening of this book was everything a good opening should be. It drew me straight into the story and had me eager to find out more. Veronica Rossi truly is an amazing wr...more
Edna Lyn
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...more
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...more
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...more
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...more
little machines

I just─ I mean, like─ I can't even─


After reading the synopsis did your expression resemble this: o_O ? Because that was mine! So let me help. In a dystopian future, everyone lives "virtual lives" through an eyepiece. They go where they want and do what they wish - all virtually. It's actually pretty neat. Aria, however, gets expelled from this life and is forced to the outside world - the real world. Aria who has known nothing but a disease free virtual life where you can't be harmed, is now alone in a real forest full of dangers...more
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
Kat O'Keeffe
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...more
The imagination and scope of Under the Never Sky is immense. Rossi’s debut is no small undertaking. It involves incredible world-building, weaving together two worlds (one super-tech-y and sci-fi, the other like an ancient/primitive civilisation but even within that there were hierarchies (blood lords), traditions, and sci-fi/paranormal elements (whew!). Add to this, the alternating of two POVs, and you have a vast, complex and unique YA novel.

Under the Never Sky is often bandied about as a YA d...more
If I’ve learned anything while reading young-adult, it’s that dystopian novels are tricky. (That and the fact that werewolves do not make ideal boyfriends, but that’s pretty irrelevant to the point I’m trying to make.) There are some YA dystopian novels that make me question why the genre even exists (not going to name names or anything) (shoots death glare at Glitch). But then there are also hidden gems of dystopian novels that restore my faith in the genre and have me wanting to read more and...more
If you like books that come alive like you are watching a movie, you’ll love Under the Never Sky. I was immediately transported to this vivid world, caring for the characters, and concerned for their well being. I couldn’t take my eyes off of Aria and Perry from the first scene until the last, unable to put this one down until the final credits rolled. My only complaint is that I have to wait for the sequel.
Aug 01, 2013 Kira marked it as to-read
This is the fugliest book cover I have ever seen.
Rebecca ♥ Matrim, Kishan, Warner ♥
Jun 30, 2012 Rebecca ♥ Matrim, Kishan, Warner ♥ rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: fans of post-apocalyptic and adventure, or fans of Orson Scott Card's Pathfinder
This is probably the best YA book I have read since Divergent. I have heard some people complain about it being slow or confusing, but I think that it depends on the reader. I didnt find it slow or confusing at all. My guess is that they found it slow because of the constant trekking. I have read a lot of high fantasy and a lot of books that are almost entirely walking, building fires, and hunting. I am used to this so I didnt find it slow. Its part of the adventure. And my guess is that they fo...more
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.)

Immediately after reading:
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Reading Teen (Andye)
At a glance:

I can not tell you how much I loved this book. It's like Veronica Rossi took my list of favorite books, uploaded them to her brain, and pressed blend. It reminded me at different times of The Demon King, Graceling, Divergent, Across the Universe, Uglies and other favorites, while at the same time being so different than anything I've read. The world-building was fantastic, the action was intense, and the romance developed over time and with meaning and intensity. People who love High...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.
I must admit, I had low expectations going into this. I've seen a few mixed reviews and so I was a little hesitant. I was pleasantly surprised to find I genuinely liked it. Things started a little slow (this may have been due to late night reading), trying to familiarize myself with the world and what was going on. Once I started putting two and two together, I found I was fully invested in this story.

Aria and Perry live in a world that has been destroyed by electrical storms. An environmental...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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“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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