ARC provided by Angel from Mermaid Visions.
Aria’s world is Better Than Reality. The Realms let those who live in the pods, safe from the outside world, explore hundreds of other places and times without any real danger. Aria is content with this world until her mother goes missing and she learns of a dangerous secret lurking within the people around her.
My feelings for Under the Never Sky are really mixed. On one hand, I liked that Rossi strays from some of the stereotypical YA/dystopian formulas, like the cliff hanger. On the other hand, there was nothing in the story that really drew me in or wowed me.
The plot was well formed and moved at a nice pace, but I never found myself to be all that interested in the plight of the characters. Aria and Perry were both flat to me. Surprisingly, I found myself most interested by Roar and Marron who are secondary characters that don’t get THAT much story time. While Aria and Perry played out the average hero/heroine romance, Roar hooked me with his charm and story of forbidden love, and Marron made me curious to discover how exactly he accomplished all that he has. I’m hoping to see much more of them in the sequel.
The romance between Aria and Perry really should have grabbed me. Anyone who knows me knows I am all about the love-hate thing, but as much as often as Aria and Perry claim to be disgusted by each other, I never really felt the internal battle of love and hate. There were a couple swoon moments that reminded me of Divergent’s Four/Tris, but altogether I felt their romance was pretty rushed and unbelievable.
I did, however, appreciate the world-building. We only got to see the skeletons of a larger world, but I definitely got the feeling that the flesh exists. I’m hoping to hear more about the history of how the never sky came to be, and I think the different mutations and the kind of segregation that results from them was really interesting.
Overall, I’d say Under the Never Sky isn’t so much a must-read as a good read, and I’ll definitely read the sequel, though I’m not on the edge of my seat waiting for it.
Books with similar aspects
Across the Universe by Beth Revis
Uglies by Scott Westerfeld
Ashes, Ashes by Jo Treggiari
recommended to dystopian fans who don’t want another cliffhanger looming over them
not recommended to those who prefer characters over plot
Don’t just take my word for it!
“Dystopian and sci-fi fans will be pleased with this horrifying look at a world gone wrong and the people fighting for survival.” – Angel @ Mermaid Visions
“Overall this is a good but not great read.” – Christa @ Hooked on Books