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Under the Never Sky
by Veronica Rossi
PUBL. RECOMMENDED AGE: 14 and up
PUBLISHER: HarperCollins
YEAR PUBLISHED: 2012
NO. PAGES: 384
GENRE{S}: Science Fiction, Dystopian Fiction
MAIN CHARACTER GENDER: Mixed
SERIES: Under the Never Sky
SEQUEL: Through the Ever Night (Under the Never Sky #2)
AWARD{S}:
A School Library Journal Best Book of the Year
YALSA Best Fiction for Young Adults
ISBN: 006207203X
READ & REVIEWED BY: Eden - StorySnoop


The Story
Under the Never Sky—Book Review

In a futuristic post-apocalyptic world, society has divided into two groups: the Dwellers and the Outsiders. Seventeen-year-old Aria is a Dweller, and she lives inside a genetically and environmentally controlled enclosed city called Reverie. She and her friends spend their days in virtual-reality Realms, where they can safely experience anything they could ever want, whenever they want. Nineteen-year-old Perry is an Outsider. He and his tribe live in the primitive and savage outdoors, under constant threat from rival tribes, diseases, and violent electrical storms. When Aria is exiled from Reverie, she thinks she's as good as dead--the Dwellers refer to the outside as "The Death Shop" for a reason. Perry has been cast out by his tribe over an unfortunate accident in his family. The two of them could not be more different from each other. The two of them each find that the other is the key to their own survival and redemption.
The Scoop
Under the Never Sky—Book Review
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Under the Never Sky is the imaginative and page-turning first book in a new series that will appeal to high-school aged fans of sci fi, dystopian fiction, AND romance. The two worlds that exist in this story are a study in contrasts. One is based in virtual reality with such a dependance on technology that people have nearly lost the capacity to use their senses on their own. The other is a harsh and primal hunting society with no modern conveniences. Some high-ranking members of this group have highly developed senses that enable them to see, hear, or smell at almost magical levels. As representatives of their respective groups, Aria and Perry are opposites who must learn to work together to accomplish their goals and learn to recognize that between them, there are really more similarities than differences. A touching and solid relationship eventually develops between these two characters, and sex is implied but never directly referred to. There is violence as Perry and Aria fight (literally) to survive in the wild, with several bloody confrontations between them and members of enemy tribes. Perry is a skilled hunter and kills both humans (regretfully) and animals with a bow and arrow. Aria is involved in a frightening assault and fire that kills a friend of hers. While there is a nice degree of resolution at the end of this story, the stage is well-set for the second book, and readers will be eager to get their hands on it.
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