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Under the Never Sky by Veronica Rossi
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Oct 25, 2011

really liked it
bookshelves: dystopian, first-in-series, ya, debut, science-fiction

This review is originally posted at The Fiction Pixie.

From virtual reality, Aria's life is safe and pseudo. In her attempt to reach out for her mother's safety, she risks it all and loses. It is through her loss, she gains everything. Dwellers are genetically enhanced and exist within the safety of their sanitization and virtual realities. However, the Outsiders are similar to the depiction of the human race in The Time Machine; they have developed ways to survive the aether and the dangers.

This is a strong and bold setup for the factions that are at odds in this trilogy. Each "race" has a deep and solid foundation for its existence in this world and as readers we are given the information in an easy welcome to the world. On the outside, Aria has no idea how to survive and neither do we, it is always an unique experience to be able to learn about the world with the characters. What a fantastic feeling to read a book where absolutely everything is explained.

The pace of this book was interesting; it was neither slow nor extremely well paced. I struggled to stay awake when reading this book nearly every time I opened it but when the book was closed, it was all I could think about. I had to know what was going to happen to Perry and Aria. That isn't to say that it wasn't still brilliantly written. The action was well timed, realistic and even dark at times. It was true and real which is something that tends to get lost in most places when it comes to "good" and "evil".

So much of this book is beautiful but the character creation and development takes the cake. Aria and Perry start as enemies, the dweller versus the outsider are only allies in attempt to reach an end; each of them desperately needing the other but despising that same need. Aria is desperate to survive but through her journey with Perry, she becomes the woman she is meant to be. While she rarely displays fear, by the end of the book she radiates pure strength to overcome the odds. Perry, strong and dedicated to his cause, struggles and waivers with his feelings for Aria but learns truths and finds loyalty to raise to be a hero.

It stands only to reason that the two of them will continue to blossom into bigger and better people in the second book, Through the Ever Night. In a vivid and strong ending, this book has a sense of resolution but also leaves you waiting and wanting for the next step in this journey.
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Reading Progress

October 25, 2011 – Shelved
January 16, 2012 – Started Reading
January 18, 2012 –
page 41
January 19, 2012 –
page 147
January 22, 2012 –
page 190
January 24, 2012 –
page 238
January 25, 2012 –
page 293
January 25, 2012 – Shelved as: dystopian
January 25, 2012 – Shelved as: first-in-series
January 25, 2012 – Shelved as: ya
January 25, 2012 – Finished Reading
April 26, 2012 – Shelved as: debut
June 14, 2015 – Shelved as: science-fiction

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