Under the Never Sky (Under the Never Sky #1) by Veronica Rossi

under the never skyFrom goodreads: Since she’d been on the outside, she’d survived an Aether storm, she’d had a knife held to her throat, and she’d seen men murdered.

This was worse.

Exiled from her home, the enclosed city of Reverie, Aria knows her chances of surviving in the outer wasteland–known as The Death Shop–are slim. If the cannibals don’t get her, the violent, electrified energy storms will. She’s been taught that the very air she breathes can kill her. Then Aria meets an Outsider named Perry. He’s wild–a savage–and her only hope of staying alive.

A hunter for his tribe in a merciless landscape, Perry views Aria as sheltered and fragile–everything he would expect from a Dweller. But he needs Aria’s help too; she alone holds the key to his redemption. Opposites in nearly every way, Aria and Perry must accept each other to survive. Their unlikely alliance forges a bond that will determine the fate of all who live under the never sky.


Oh this book!

Under the Never Sky blew me away and I need to thank Dre from Sporadic Reads because it was her review that made want to read this story!! ♥ And I’m so happy I did!  

“She looked up. A world of nevers under a never sky.”

This story is a cross between Elysium meets Star Trek and Veronica Rossi knows how to build a story that will leave you on the edge of your seat. It’s non-stop action that includes cannibalism, wolves, etc…  

“He felt like his body had a will of its own. Always looking. Preparing for the only fight that would satisfy him.” 

The heroine, Aria, her life is within the Pod but lives her life through different virtual realms but in order to do that she needs to wear her smart eye.  Everyone who lives in the Pod has to wear one and what’s wonderful about living in the Pod is that sickness can’t touch you and you can’t feel any real physical pain.  

“And in life, at least in her new life, chances were the best she could hope for. They were like her rocks. Imperfect and surprising and maybe better in the long run than certainties.”  

Aria’s world is completely rocked as an Outsider breaks into the pod and the adventure begins when she meets Perry. Perry is so wonderful and complex but that’s all I will say as I want to keep the element of surprise intact.  The romance between Aria and Perry has the perfect amount of push and pull, no insta-love here.

“Something heavy and cold at his core lightened. Hugging wasn’t what he’d had in mind, but maybe it was better. It shouldn’t surprise him, her knowing what he needed more than he did.” 

There’s a definite supernatural feel to this story which I loved and the world building was beyond amazing.  And the Aether storms??  WOW. Just wow!  I wouldn’t say that Aether as a whole is explained thoroughly and it took a little google-ing on my part to understand the general gist but I still think that focus was brilliant.

“She looked at the knife, her throat tight with emotion. No roses or rings with him, but a knife with feathers carved into the handle. A knife that was part of him.” 

I purposely keep my reviews vague because sometime the less you know, the better.  All you need to know is that you’ll either love it or hate it, there’s no in between but if you give this book a chance…I think you’ll love it as much as I do. ;)



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    • Cristina says

      I’m in love and consumed by this series!! With YA being on fire in Hollywood, I’m really surprised this hasn’t been picked up yet!!! Thank you for the great recommendation! :)

  1. says

    I must admit that I’ve never been interested with this series but between your review and Dre’s, I really just have to give it a chance! And I agree, sometimes it’s better to be vague in reviews…there are books that’s really better to discover on your own and it looks like that this is definitely one of them. Awesome review Christina :)

    • Cristina says

      Thanks Amir!! The cover actually kept me from reading it, believe it or not. But when I read Dre’s review, I was like…this could be good and it was! I’m on book 2 now and loving it. ;)

  2. says

    Glad to hear that listening to Dre paid off; most of my blogger friends never steer my wrong either (or if they do, they sure hear about it! Thanks for being so vague, now I’m curious about these Aether storms you speak of… Haha ok, I guess your master plan worked. Off to Amazon I go…

    • Cristina says

      This series is worth it! I love books that stretch the imagination and you’ll see what I mean about Aether in general! LOL ;)

  3. says

    I. Have. Got. To. Finish. This. Series.

    For realz. I read this book and LOVED it. I read 1.5 too (also loved it), and then didn’t make it any further. Even though I auto-bought books 2 & 3. And the novellas. I will read the rest of them one day. B/c you’re right, the world-building is amazing in this book.

    ALSO–I am completely distracted by your retweet of Henry Cavill (who is the most beautiful man in the entire world IM humble O). I’ve loved him since The Count of Monte Cristo . . .

    • Cristina says

      You must…this YA series is FANTASTIC!!! And don’t even get me started on Henry Cavill!! Oh my god, he’s perfection. I fell in love with him when I saw Tristan and Isolde (so-so movie but he made up for it). I retweet a picture of him at least once a day! LOL ♥

      • says

        I went and saw Man of Steel with one of my friends opening weekend, and when it was over I asked her, “What was the movie about?” and she was like, “I have no idea, but we can always watch it again.”

        Hahahaha ;)

        • Cristina says

          LOL!!! I can rewatch his movies a bajillion times and never get bored. And I’m really looking forward Man from U.N.C.L.E.

    • Cristina says

      Glass…thank you for stopping by! :) All the books are out and I don’t think you will be disappointed!! I hope you enjoy this series as much as I do!

    • Cristina says

      Nereyda I adore this series and it’s mildly stressing me out but I’m thoroughly enjoying it. I can totally see this being made into a film! :)

  4. TriciaP says

    I loved this book! It’s been awhile since I read it, but I recently (finally!) read the last in the series – so between that & your review, I feel like I need to read the first again – to remember how it all began!! Love Aria & Perry (especially Perry)!! Oh I love Roar too! Such an amazing series! :-)

    • Cristina says

      Tricia than you for stopping by! I’m so in love with this series and especially since I was in a MAJOR book funk this was the perfect series to get me back on track! I didn’t know who I loved more, Roar or Perry both were seriously perfect!!! ;)

  5. says

    Great review! I wasn’t completely blown away, but I still loved the romance! Perry & Aria FTW! I’m currently waiting for my library to receive Through the Ever Night, because I received Into the Still Blue from Edelweiss. I’ve been waiting for 3 months :/ I guess I’ll re-read this one while I wait? :D

    • Cristina says

      I really did enjoy it a lot because it was different and there’s a decent amount of angst. And the romance was perfect! I did want a little more steam BUT it’s YA after all but still fabulous! ;)

  6. says

    Yay! I wasn’t a huge fan of this novel, but it was a pretty entertaining read for me. I don’t remember much about this one (and haven’t read the sequels–damn!), but I remember thinking the world building was awesome as well! Lovely review, Cristina. ;)

    • Cristina says

      Aimee….there was something about this series that did it for me. It could very well be that my book funk was sooooooooo bad that anything would be amazing after some of the awful books I read. LOL but seriously, I did love every book! And thanks for stopping by Aimee! :)

  7. says

    I’m very glad you loved it so much Cristina! I haven’t read the series yet DESPITE so many raving reviews here and there and the supposedly EPIC ending, but I really mean to soon. I remember DNFing it once a year or two ago, but I do admit now that perhaps I was a bit hasty on my judgement. Your review made me pumped up for this again and I can’t wait to dive in! Awesome review as usual :D

    Faye at The Social Potato Reviews

    • Cristina says

      Hi Faye! This series was exactly what I needed and it wasn’t disappointing. It’s different, well written and absolutely enjoyable! ;)

  8. says

    I heard so many great things about this series and we even have it in France but I confess I haven’t read it yet. I think I should because you really make me want to read it.

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