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  • Hardcover: 376 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers (3 Jan. 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 006207203X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0062072030
  • Product Dimensions: 14 x 3.1 x 21 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (58 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 360,656 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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'Holy crap, what a ride! Looooved.' www.goodreads.com --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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The start of an outstanding new post-apocalyptic series filled with adventure and teen romance --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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20 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Vicki @ Cosy Books VINE VOICE on 25 Feb. 2012
Format: Paperback
For the first 50 pages of this book I was fully prepared to give up on it. I was beyond confused at the new world we are dropped into with very little explanation and didn't have a clue what was going on. But then it all clicked into place and from then on I was hooked.

The book begins with Aria. Her world in the pod is alien and complex and at first I really struggled to get to grips with it. Veronica Rossi doesn't ease the reader in slowly, more plonks them right in and I truley felt I was in another world. Once I got my head round the ideas though I absolutely loved it. It doesn't take too much to imagine a world where people live in a virtual reality. Where Aria's world is futuristic, on the outside Perry's is primeval. The people on the outside live in clans and at the mercy of the elements. I loved the contrast between the two, though immediatly preffered Perry's. Despite the dangers the outsiders faced I'd take that over a life stuck in a pod where you have everything you wanted or could imagine, though none of it is real. The aether itself is a constant, threatening presence and is described so vividly I could see it in my mind, despite the fact I had no idea what it was to begin with.

Told in a switching third person narrative by both Aria and Perry, Veronica Rossie ensures we really get to know both of these characters very well. I didn't like Aria to begin with, but throughout the book she developes into a strong heroine. There isn't a pivitol moment where this happens, she doesn't suddenly turn from protected weakling to kick-ass. It's a quiet and believable progression. Perry on the otherhand was fascinating from the start (and also particularly swoon worthy!). If I'm ever stuck in a post apocalyptic world, he's the guy I want with me.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Kirsty at the Overflowing Library VINE VOICE on 24 Feb. 2012
Format: Paperback
I have been waiting for this book for what seems like an age. The ideas behind it sounded awesome and I literally couldn't wait to get stuck in.

I must admit up until about 100 pages in I was fully prepared to give up on this book. I was bored and I was struggling to keep on top of what was happening because I found the story telling clunky, the ideas hard to get my head around and the voices between the split narrative not distinct enough. That said once I got a bit further I started to get into it a bit more and by the end I had enjoyed what I had read so while I'm not convinced this was a great standalone novel I have high hopes the series as a whole could be good.

In the end the thing that kept me reading was the relationship between the two main characters Aria and Perry. After a while of being together they both soften towards one another and start working as a team. It is then through this working together you start to see their different worlds through the other one's eyes and it starts to make sense. You also start to root for them as a couple and that makes the story much more interesting to follow. Once you get into that you start to understand a bit more of the whole world set up and start to unravel all the little details that build up the world they are in and understand why things as they are.

All in all not my favourite book of the year but a series I hope will be awesome.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Wee Shubba on 17 Nov. 2012
Format: Paperback
I had very high hopes for Under the Never Sky and sadly I was very disappointed. It started out great with an amazing action packed first couple of chapters but then I have no idea what happen it just slowed right down and left me really bored until about page 200 and the story picks up again.

Under the Never Sky is told from two POV, Aria and Perry and I think this is a big part of the disappointment for me. The two characters just didn't click so the POV change didn't flow well. Aria, Im not going to lie I didn't like her one bit. To me she comes across as selfish and whiny and I just wanted to slap her! And her relationship with Perry I just didn't get at all. Perry is actually very likable and I really enjoyed reading his chapters. He has a very interesting background that I would have liked to have learn more about. The relationship between him and Aria just felt forced. Would have been alot better if it was left out.

The world which this is set confused me alot. There wasn't enough world building for me to follow the story and how it was created. Even by the end of the book nothing was really explained and that really annoys me. There is so much going on the book that half of the time I didn't know what was going on and why certain aspects were even in because the seemed pointless to me like the Blood Lord thing with Perry I thought that was so boring and useless to storyline. What would have been fantastic was learning about how the Outsiders came about but that was another thing that was skimmed over.

However, as I said above I did start to like it around page 200. The story picks up and is quite fast paced that I did find myself wanted to know what will happen next and I really enjoyed it when Aria was learning to fight that was pretty interesting.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Hannah Reads Books on 13 Aug. 2012
Format: Paperback
One of the great things about dystopian novels is that they can take place in any setting in the future. I think that's what I love so much about them - which each one takes on its own identity about what our future could be like.

Veronica Rossi's debut novel, Under the Never Sky, takes all of my perceptions of the future in a blender and pulverises them. In a good way, no less. Under the Never Sky was a complete mind bender, but in a good sense. Rossi has turned something that's more science fiction/fantasy than anything else into a genre that's not only marketable, but readable too.

This is the story of Aria, a girl who has always grown up in the Pods, an underground cave like city, who gets exiled to the outside world. Yet it's not just her story, it is Perry's also, the Outsider who has only known the world that he lives in, the world that Aria thinks is full of death. It's about how two young people, who are more alike than they think they are, come together.

What appeals to me most about Under the Never Sky is how much detail is in this book. It's hard to create something from scratch and keep it up the whole way through - only a few select YA authors like JK Rowling and Cassandra Clare can create complex worlds that actually stay steadfast through a series, and Under the Never Sky did this in one book. The senses play an important role in this novel, meaning that the flow of Rossi's writing is emotional and fast-paced. The action is spread out through the entire book, but in such a way that doesn't leave you bored reading it.

I'll have to admit at first I wasn't quite so taken.
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