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Under the Never Sky by Veronica Rossi
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bookshelves: arc, ebook, dystopia-or-post-apocalyptic
Read from November 09 to 12, 2011

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 and death traps. She is not alone for long though. She soon meets Perry who has lived with his tribe in the real word his whole life. His nephew has been taken by Aria's people and he's left his tribe to try to find him - which is when he stumbles upon Aria and they team up. This is the gist of it!

As we're thrown into the story without any sense of what kind of world this is, it's pretty confusing and a tad hard to follow. On top of the excessive use of pronouns, there are a lot of terminologies and semantics that are thrown in for us to figure out. I had a bit of a hard time with this at first. It does take a good one third of the book to start making sense of it all. After that it gets more interesting and less imposing, but it still makes it hard to really get into the story because while the introductions were happening, I was pondering what I had just read. There is also a lack of explanation towards their present world and why it's evolved to where they are. Furthermore, why are there Outsiders? Why can't they join the pod of the virtual realms? It made it difficult to understand who the villains were and who/what we should be afraid of in this world.

Now onto the positives: I did find myself quite surprised with the addition of some paranormal elements within the story, which is seldom seen in dystopian novels. In this book's future, there are Aether storms that manifests from fire and water coming together in the sky and "shoots" down on earth (fun, huh!?). The appearance of the Aethers also brought some new genetic modifications that give heightened senses to some humans. Some can hear from miles away while others can feel emotions, for example. I found it really original and it added an extra fresh twist to the dystopian genre.

The POV in Under the Never Sky alternates between Aria's and Perry's so we get acquainted with both of them, which I really enjoyed. We've got Aria, strong-willed and perceptive, then Perry who's stubborn and reserved. They make quite the interesting pair. I found Aria's character very well written. You see her grow and evolve from this apprehensive girl oblivious to the new world she's thrown in, to a strong and resourceful young woman that could take on anything. I really admired her.

Even though it didn't blow my mind, I still enjoyed it and will certainly continue with the series. I'm curious where the story is going to take us from here and going by my assumptions, there's a pretty good chance that I will like book two much more.
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11/10/2011
40.0% "It's a bit confusing - but I'm following... I think."

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Taneika THANKYOU for doing a mini-synopsis, because yes, I had no idea what the actual synopsis meant! Also, excellent review :)


Giselle Thanks! I figured I wasn't the only one going "Huh!?".


Taneika Yeah! I had no idea, but now I'm sorta desperate for this! It sounds awesome!! Oh, and I just read your comment back to me on your blog :)
I can't believe your husband did that, it's AWESOME!


Giselle It was pretty neat. It's a bit more sci-fi than other dystopians too.
And yes hubby does all the nitty gritty for me! :)


Giselle (Book Nerd Canada) I found it confusing too. I thought that need work as well!


Vi (the Vi3tBabe) Ugh, this is EXACTLY how I'm feeling right now. I'm used to authors dragging things on & leavin us clueless until close to the end but this is a bit rediculous! I'm like Aether? Dwellers? No clue about history?! Where's the logic?! But I'm still gonna finish it and see how it ends. Just not as impressed as I thought I'd be after hearing so many others rave about it.


Vi (the Vi3tBabe) Haha, just realized I spelled ridiculous wrong. This book is messing with my head LOL!


Giselle Haha yeah it's def. hard to swallow at first. I read this a few weeks ago so I don't quite recall but we don't get much explanations at all except for brief bits here and there. I still enjoyed the plot though - hopefully you'll be able to as well. The reviews are really mixed so it's not for everyone.


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