May 9, 2014

Book Review | Under the Never Sky by Veronica Rossi

Under the Never Sky

Author: Veronica Rossi
Published: December 4, 2012
Format: Paperback

Aria haven't seen her mom ever since her mom left for her work and the line of communication was cut off from the pod where her mom was staying. The authorities didn't tell Aria what really is happening, and that's the reason why she took the matter into her own hands, scourging for information even if it means defying the law.

At first, the story was confusing because of the shifting of point of views between Aria and Perry. It's confusing at first, but I got the hang of it as I move through the story. On that note, it's nice that it's first point of view with Aria, and third point of view when it's Perry's narrative. It made the story less confusing on who's narrating the story. Moreover, the world that Rossi created was not explained until the latter part of the book, which added more to the confusion. I had a hard time imagining what it's like to be in Reverie and in the Realms. One of the reasons why I love the book when I finished it was it didn't feel like that the last part of the book was rushed. The flow of the story was not fast nor slow enough that it'll drag you. That's one of the strengths of this book.

However, I felt like Aria and Perry's relationship was too fast than what I've hoped for. Perhaps they should have slowed their passion for each other for a little bit, considering that their groups were not in good terms right from the start. But the good point is, Aria and Perry accepted each other in the end, no matter what they've been taught of about each other's kinds. Moreover, the kind of relationship that Aria and Perry has, together with their own responsibilities, would make a larger room for them to grow in. 

In addition, the novel serves as a home for the two notable characters in the book: Roar and Cinder. These two supporting characters made the book so much fun with their witty banter and hilarious comebacks. At first, I thought that there will be a love triangle among Roar, Aria, and Perry but I was wrong. Moreover, if not for Cinder, the readers wouldn't probably see the traits that they've shown to the scraggly little boy.

All in all, Under the Never Sky is a great start for the series, leaving enough room for the characters to grow. For the readers who couldn't get enough of Dystopian literature, I suggest that they should go for this one.

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