It was an enjoyable book but the last few chapters was rather of a let-down for me. I loved reading about the initiation and the factions were interes...moreIt was an enjoyable book but the last few chapters was rather of a let-down for me. I loved reading about the initiation and the factions were interesting although it would have been nice to have a little history of how they came about. I love all the action in the book tho and it's definitely one of the better dystopia ya novels out there.(less)
I was actually so ready to write this book off because I was just not connecting to any of it, but somehow, I don't know what or how exactly,...more2.5 stars
I was actually so ready to write this book off because I was just not connecting to any of it, but somehow, I don't know what or how exactly, at the 90+% mark, something just clicked and I will be giving the series another chance with the second book. I would still shelf this under one of those 'it's not you, it's me' cases for my rating because I think this is one of those books where it will work for some but not others, and it's not because of bad writing whatsoever. Quite the contrary, really.
Alright, back to work.
(Also, I might not be entirely coherent right now.)(less)
From the moment I set my eyes on this gorgeous book, I fell in love with both the title and the cover....moreAlso posted on rabbitsfortea
From the moment I set my eyes on this gorgeous book, I fell in love with both the title and the cover.
Rossi's Under the Never Sky debuted in early 2012 with a bang and I have been hearing many good things about this book, so I've finally decided that now would be a good time to start, since the second book in the series will be released soon. This was one book that I excitedly dove into but emerged pretty disappointed. I honestly expected to love or at least like it VERY much and I did try my hardest to, but unfortunately, Under the Never Sky never did reach my expectations.
UtNS is placed under the dystopian, sci-fi category which I guess is part of it's marketing after the dystopian hype, but this book barely fits under the dystopian category. It's definitely much more science fiction and even then, I don't think hardcore sci-fi readers will fancy this too much. The main storyline is pretty normal, with your two protagonists from different worlds going on a journey with a somewhat similar goal, to save their loved ones. The problem lies with the world building, which is very basic. Nothing is very much elaborated on or even explained and I was left wondering if I missed out reading anything cos I simply didn't understand how exactly Aria's and Perry's worlds worked. The pacing of the book started out slow and only picked up towards the later end of the book.
This was another huge problem for me and the main reason why I didn't love the book. I don't dislike any of the main characters but unfortunately, I didn't love them either. Everyone's gushing over Perry but for me, it's like he's sweet and really funny at times but him and Aria's characters just fell a bit flat for me. It might be the alternating third party POV at work here that didn't allow me to feel fully engaged with both characters but I was sorely disappointed with this.
But then ROAR happened, and all was good. Roar was truly the highlight of the book for me (Perry comes at a close second), he made things more light hearted and was just being his awesome self. I really hope he appears more in Book 2 (with Liv!) and he does have a novella that I have yet to read, so yay for that!
One of the things that I did love about this book was that there was NO "insta-love" nor a love triangle.
I know right, colour me amazed. The build up for Aria and Perry's romance was pretty spot on and the pacing was well done so when they finally did get together, it felt right. But okay, that very one scene about violets? That was something that wasn't for me, it just felt too cheesy and awkward. Everytime Perry mentioned about her Aria's violet scent, I felt a strong urge to snigger. Final Verdict
Well, I wouldn't strongly recommend this book to everyone but if you are in the market for a very light dystopian/sci-fi read that has an ample balance of romance and action, I would say you can check out Under the Never Sky. But quite honestly, there are other books that I find to be much better written than this. I will read the second book though, just because I'm pretty curious to see how things will play out from here.
Fingers crossed that it will be much better!(less)
I think I can safely say this series is the best YA dystopian novel I've read so far. UnWholly made me SO emotional while reading it, it's kind of ins...moreI think I can safely say this series is the best YA dystopian novel I've read so far. UnWholly made me SO emotional while reading it, it's kind of insane. Also, the endings for both Unwind and UnWholly tied up all the loose ends and yet leave more to be anticipated in the next book. Pretty much how all endings for books in a series should be, really.
So glad that Shusterman decided to go ahead and make this a trilogy and also glad that I've picked this up just this year or else I think I would have died waiting for this book to come out after the first.(less)
"I never thought about it before, but I'm proud to be human. We're ever so flawed. We're frail, confused, violent, and we struggle with so many issues...more"I never thought about it before, but I'm proud to be human. We're ever so flawed. We're frail, confused, violent, and we struggle with so many issues. But all in all, I'm proud to be a Daughter of Man."
THIS BOOK. MY HEART. I CANNOT. MY EMOTIONS. ASDFGHJKL#@%@#^@
I would dearly dearly love to give this book 5 stars because of the wonderful issues that were brought up in this dystopia (a very scary one...more4.5 stars
I would dearly dearly love to give this book 5 stars because of the wonderful issues that were brought up in this dystopia (a very scary one indeed), but somehow I just couldn't get into the characters till I was more than halfway done with the book.
I might come back to do a more proper review for this, but I'm juggling too many books atm! UnWholly being one of them (;(less)