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review SPOILER ALERT! 2016-07-10 22:45
Book 51/100: Under the Never Sky by Veronica Rossi
Under The Never Sky - Veronica Rossi

Around the Year Reading Challenge Item #22: The First Book in a Series

 

This is pretty much standard fare as far as teen dystopia/post-apocalyptic books go. The world is not particularly groundbreaking: it consists of "dwellers" who live in protective "pods" where all their needs are provided for but boredom leads them to live out most of their lives within virtual worlds, and the "outsiders," tribal people who have managed to survive and evolve on the "outside" after some sort of environmental devastation and whom the dwellers see as "savages."

Of course, a dweller and an outsider encounter one another, and, of course, the experience alters both of them. And since this is a teen book, they're also both hot and find themselves attracted to each other.

Although this book probably never had much hope of being anything more than mediocre, without the nauseating/cheesy romance subplot it may have squeaked by with a four-star rating. Unfortunately, the romance plot becomes more prominent as the book goes on, including one section where I almost had to double check that I wasn't reading Twilight. The "savage" boy fulfills all the typical "wild man" fantasies you would expect -- there is something dangerous and irresistibly feral about him, he's the strong silent type, etc., whereas the girl is beautiful with a lovely voice, and she apparently smells like violets (and we are never allowed to forget that she smells like violets. The male lead has an acutely developed sense of smell, so he can smell people's individual scents as well as their "moods," and he's always noticing Arya's "violet" smell. The first time he notices it is also the first time she gets her period, and I was like, wtf? Why doesn't he smell BLOOD? I wish *I* smelled like violets when I was menstruating.)

The science in this book is also a little squishy, which would be less annoying if it didn't try to come across as so authoritative at times. There are a lot of convenient fixes because it's clear the author just wants to get back to the steamy scenes (lest this seem especially enticing, all the sex happens "off-screen.") Plot threads seemed to be picked up and then abandoned. Arya gets her first period, is unaware of what it is, and yet we never learn how she copes with it thereafter or when it ends; a period is a big enough deal the first time you get it when you DO know what it is, and it seemed to be disregarded a little too easily for a dweller girl who was menstruating for the first time on the outside and had no one to really talk to about what was happening, how long it would last, what she should do about it, etc. Perhaps other plot threads were not abandoned, but I daydreamed and just lost track of them.

Characters are fairly one-dimensional, more suited to the screen than the page. But despite all of that, this book did hold my interest well enough; it was an easy, light read; and it made some interesting commentary on humans' tendencies toward escapism and the potential danger therein. I wish it would have spent more time on that aspect of the story. I found the "realms" to be believable, and I wanted to know more about this world, such as what the aether actually WAS, and what had happened in "The Unity," which is presumably when the humans built the pods and the separate populations of dwellers and outsiders arose.

If you can't get enough teen dystopia, this book is readable enough -- it's rated fairly high on Goodreads, so others must have found more to like than I did. But if you're looking to read only the best in an overcrowded genre, this isn't it.

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review 2016-05-10 00:00
Under the Never Sky (Under the Never Sky #1)
Under the Never Sky (Under the Never Sky #1) - Veronica Rossi Reread May 2016 - still love this book, I need it to be a movie series already

Ok, here we go.

Under the Never Sky is fantastic. It's a brillant idea that is well written with relatable characters.

There is no insta-love. No whiny chick (Aria was pretty kick arse), and no soppy male love interest. I loved Peregrine. He was his own person, not just there to inspire the romance factor.

After watching the book trailer, it annoys me that they focussed on that. I hope to god if there is a movie (which there should be), they don't let those people make it.

Anyway. Contemplating reading this book? Do it. I loved it, and once I started reading in earnest, I couldn't stop. Can't wait to get my hands on the next one.
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review 2016-04-30 06:43
Under The Never Sky
Under the Never Sky - Veronica Rossi

I was not as impressed with Under The Never Sky as I has hoped to be. I'd heard such good things about this book, and yea there were some pretty cool aspect but golly it was just so bloody cliche! I can't recall the amount of times I must have rolled my eyes, though the information about the pod-tents was unexpected and interesting, I quite enjoyed learning about that, I would have preferred just a little more information on it actually.
The out side 'world' was also rather interesting, it vaguely reminded me of that show The 100. And the mutant power's were unique, i loved the description of the scent power, with that Rossi did a fantastic job.

Unfortunately while other's might have loved this book, I don't think I will be continuing on.

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text SPOILER ALERT! 2016-04-30 06:32
Reading progress update: I've read 316 out of 374 pages.
Under the Never Sky - Veronica Rossi

I'm not surprised but a little disappointed. I knew she'd become something and an Aud makes the most sense, though I'm glad she isn't the strongest or strangest (power wise) in the bunch. Hopefully she won't become ridiculously uber powerful either, that would just be a bit too cliche.

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text 2016-04-30 06:28
Reading progress update: I've read 252 out of 374 pages.
Under the Never Sky - Veronica Rossi

Well that was kind of random. Personally i get the feeling the only reason these two even have the slightest feelings for each other is because they're literally the only available people around. Unfortunately it doesn't feel like anything more too me.
Though the mutant abilities are pretty awesome.

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