Published February 7th 2012 by Atom
374 pages |
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.
World building fascinates me. Just how purely authors can describe these worlds that they have only ever imagined. Under the Never Sky has such an intriguing world with intricate details that you will have no trouble engaging with it. Whilst the world was notoriously unique, certain characters lacked the amount of depth necessary for them to become relatable. Despite this Rossi has created a highly creative and fast pace book which will only ever continue to fascinate me as the series continues.
I would describe this series as a mash up of dystopian and sci-fi. We have two civilisations present at this point in time. The Dwellers and the Outsiders. After the Unity and due to the Aether in the sky certain populations decided to build pods underground to sustain the survival of their people. In these pods the people wear eye pieces that connect them to the Realms, a virtual reality where their boredom is cured. For those who didn’t venture underground they now live in tribes on the surface that must fight against the Aether storms that have already destroyed other tribes. Our two main characters, because this book is total from two point of views, belong to each of these civilisations. When Aria is exiled she joins Perry who is desperately searching for his nephew on an adventure to save the ones they love.
Again this world was really interesting, but I did have a few issues. I didn’t feel as though we were properly introduced to two characters in Aria’s life properly, so that when we lose them and this changes Aria’s character it didn’t feel completely justified. It was like we were missing something. In regards to Perry I found a similar lack of character consistency. He was desperate to become Blood Lord, but his reasons were never truly justified besides the fact that he wanted to move the Tribe to safer grounds and Vale wouldn’t risk it. Perry was never going to overthrow Vale until he was forced to. Again I felt as though something was missing.
I am going to continue this series, because I am intrigued enough to see how everything pans out. Have you read this series? What do you think? Does it improve?