Book Review: Under the Never Sky (Under the Never Sky, #1) by Veronica Rossi

under the never skyTitle: Under the Never Sky

Author: Veronica Rossi



Aria has lived her whole life in the protected dome of Reverie. Her entire world confined to its spaces, she’s never thought to dream of what lies beyond its doors. So when her mother goes missing, Aria knows her chances of surviving in the outer wasteland long enough to find her are slim.

Then Aria meets an outsider named Perry. He’s searching for someone too. He’s also wild – a savage – but might be her best hope at staying alive.

If they can survive, they are each other’s best hope for finding answers. -Goodreads


**Trying to go spoiler-free with this review :D**

Under the Never Sky is the first book I finished for the Bout of Books 10!  Yay!  With a total of 374 pages, I started the book on Monday and finished it today, Wednesday.  Not bad!

Although I’ve read a few reviews on this book, I went into it with an open mind, not sure what to expect.

So, Under the Never Sky pretty much jumped into the action from the get-go.  Despite this, the book didn’t grab me as much as I’d hoped.  I had some problems with the book, but there were also things I did like about it.  I wasn’t a big fan of the author’s writing style, which seemed bland.

For one thing, I didn’t laugh much.  I chuckled a few times, but I didn’t really find the book funny.  Comedy in a book is a major must-have for me, and I just didn’t see it.  That was a big disappointment.

This book reminded me of Uglies, because of their technology.  I wasn’t sure how to feel about all the techy stuff in this book.  I found Aria’s thoughts about disconnecting from her Smarteye, though, to mirror my own (and I’m sure, many others’) thoughts about disconnecting from the Internet:

“A sense of loneliness crept over her despite being in the crowded little chamber.  She couldn’t believe people lived this way once, with nothing but the real.  Savages on the outside still lived this way.”

Okay.  So maybe my thoughts about losing Wi-Fi aren’t that dramatic.

I was also reminded of The Darkest Minds when reading about some of the characters.  The characters in Under the Never Sky weren’t very likable, in my opinion.  I couldn’t really connect with any of them, though Veronica Rossi did a marvelous job at depicting their emotions.  The book was written in both Aria’s and Perry’s POVs in third person.  I’ve always thought third person POVs to be more formal, and I think with first person, we would have gotten a better feel of what was going on inside the characters’ heads.

I didn’t find the POVs all that distinctive, and there were a few times when I had to go back to the beginning of the chapter to see whose POV I was reading from.

Aria seemed… well, she seemed like she didn’t have much of a personality.  Unlike characters in The Darkest Minds, she didn’t really show any flaws.  In fact, her only real flaw, it seemed, was her ignorance.

I didn’t know how to feel about Perry.  Part of me liked him, because he was different from a lot of male protagonists, but another part of me thought that he and Aria had little to no connection, romantically.  There was no romantic appeal about him.

I liked Marron, Talon, Roar, and Rose, though 😀  Those were probably my favorite characters.  I enjoyed Marron’s and Rose’s kindness, Talon’s innocence, and Roar’s humor.

Something I did appreciate was the absence of instalove.  And the fact that there were no love triangles.  MAJOR PLUSES.  Also, the author seemed to touch on some subjects that a lot of authors kind of dismiss or ignore.  I mean, it’s not exactly something I want to read about, but it’s life, so I guess that was a nice touch.  But I found it kind of… odd the way the characters reacted to these happenings.  O_o

Toward the end of the book, I felt it dragging and I had to force myself to read the rest of it.  The action scenes didn’t really feel… action-y.  I put the book down for a while to read some reviews on the book.  I noticed that several people agreed that they didn’t think the genre-placement was accurate.  When I think about it myself, Under the Never Sky didn’t really seem dystopian.  There were a few things that weren’t explained or delved into at all, but maybe that happens in the next books.  There was a nice plot twist, though, that definitely helped move the story along.

Favorite Lines

“Fine,” she said, and frowned.  Monosyllabicism.  An Outsider disease, and she’d been infected.

I think my rating for this book is 2.5/5 stars.  I was disappointed, and I really wanted to like this book as much as many others had!  I don’t think I’ll be continuing with this series, sadly, but maybe the books improve.  Under the Never Sky just wasn’t the book for me.


2 thoughts on “Book Review: Under the Never Sky (Under the Never Sky, #1) by Veronica Rossi

  1. You’ve basically summed up how I feel about this book. I just couldn’t care about the protags.
    As an aside, if you love funny YA books you should definitely check out Sarah Rees Brennan!


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