Under the Never Sky is one of those 2012 YA debuts that everyone was very excited to get their hands on. When I started reading it in December, I was not impressed. Nothing was happening, the setting was kind of weird and the characters seemed quite unlikeable. But, after a slew of very positive reviews came out, I kept reading and suddenly everything I didn’t like came together to make something amazing.
While the setting and ideas were amazing, what really made the book was the connection between the characters. Perry and Aria… Aria seems soft but is secretly badass. Perry is badass but actually has a ooey gooey melty center. A perfect balance that only got better as they moved through their quest. The story is told from their alternating viewpoints, an element I loved because it really lets you see the whole story, what’s actually going on.
With a completely original plot, twists and turns, and enough back story to make everything come together perfectly, Under the Never Sky is a wonderfully written book. One of the absolute best parts is that the current story is wrapped up to a satisfying ending, with plenty of potential for a great sequel (no cliffhangers, yay!).
Overall, a fabulous and unique contribution to this years round of YA debut novels. With plenty of action and great characters, I highly recommend Under the Never Sky to readers looking for something a little different.
Six months ago, Nikki disappeared. A hundred years later, she returns. But she only has 6 months to spend with her boyfriend, Jack, and her family bef...moreSix months ago, Nikki disappeared. A hundred years later, she returns. But she only has 6 months to spend with her boyfriend, Jack, and her family before she will either be dragged into the tunnels by some seriously creepy creepers or forced to spend the rest of her life with Cole, the Everliving that got her into this mess in the first place.
Everneath is one of those books that starts in the middle. It is also one of those books that manages to do this well. It was a bit confusing but I actually love books that throw you into it, letting you work out what is happening as the character does. This works especially nicely here as Nikki tries to fight her way to normality after the Everneath, trying to live as much as she can before she is dragged back. We get some flashbacks to explain her time in the Everneath and the events that led up to her meeting, and going with, Cole, giving the reader the perfect balance between past and present.
The mythology was brilliantly done, becoming new and perfectly suited to the characters while sticking true to it’s origins. I liked how some background on the original story was slipped into Nikki’s experiences. But really, the characters became the most important part of the story, keeping everything from falling into itself in patheticness in the way some other dramatic YA mythological books have (which always irritates the bejeezes out of me). Even when they were annoying, they made an impression, bringing the events to life and making me want to speed up and slow down to finish and savor the book all at the same time.
Nikki is a strong character that I couldn’t help but like. She is tough and her tenacity almost pulled me through the story. I wanted her to win and she tried for me. Cole was irritating. I understand his attitude within the context but everything he did rubbed me the wrong way. I spent a long time ignoring Jack entirely but I should have trusted our heroine because boy, does he ever prove himself!
One sentence review: Everneath is a haunting read, sure to pull you into its twisty turny depths.
Overall: A fantastic modern take on an old concept. Great characters, interesting plot. I’m very interested to find out where the story is going to go after the wicked cliff hanger of an ending!(less)