Convince Me To Read (11): Under The Never Sky Trilogy by Veronica Rossi

Posted May 7, 2016 by Jamie in Convince Me To Read, Features, Reviews // 0 Comments

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While we all have fairly similar tastes, sometimes we need a little push to read a certain book. The Convince Me to Read Review will be a review of the novel plus a section on why we think the other would enjoy it.

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Convince Me To Read (11): Under The Never Sky Trilogy by Veronica RossiUnder the Never Sky by Veronica Rossi
Published by HarperCollins on January 3, 2012
ISBN: 006207203X
Pages: 374

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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.

Jamie’s review

Today I’m going to be talking about the whole series, but especially the first book, UNDER THE NEVER SKY. I really liked this series and I think Dani will as well, so I am going to convince her to read it!

UNDER THE NEVER SKY was a pretty good introduction to a series. I liked a lot of it but found the pacing to be a bit off and there were some parts that left me a little confused, but I powered on and found I really enjoyed reading it — and even enjoyed the romance! Which means this is basically the best series ever 😉

One of the problems I have with dystopian novels is that they are all pretty generic. There are a few that bring something new to the table or have really interesting characters or plot that keep me reading, even if there are tropes galore (tropes aren’t always a bad thing, but in some people’s hands…). UNDER THE NEVER SKY seems to be kicking off a trilogy that I will love and treasure because I was invested in the characters, the world, and what will happen next. I liked that the main theme throughout the trilogy was about living and what it means to be alive. Much like with the MATCHED Trilogy by Ally Condie, I like when there is an overarching theme for the entire series that isn’t just about “hope” or “this 16 year old is the only one who can overthrow the government” because while those are fun sometimes, I think there to be a bigger backdrop than just “life sucks, let’s try to make it better but have a couple friends killed off at the same time.” Everyone suffered in this one, including the people in the Pods, but each and every person had to decide on their own what it meant to really live.

I think the best thing Rossi did here was to not over explain things. There are some dystopian novels that go so heavily into backstory that it doesn’t make sense, and honestly sometimes less is more. This is one of those cases. It seems as though there is a plausible explanation, but it isn’t needed because it isn’t about how they got there but rather how Aria is going to survive NOW and I think that makes it unique. I also like the idea that this plot isn’t about taking down an evil government or overlord, per say, but about living and survival and if there is a universal way to explain it. And that makes me super intrigued and interested in the series.

It also doesn’t hurt that this book has Roar and Perry. Because A++++ characters there. I like the contrast between the two but also that it isn’t a love triangle. Perry and Aria are here for one thing and one thing only: each other. But I also really liked that as they got to know one another, they started to trust each other. I love “Hate to Love” Romances that make sense and this is one of them.

Aria was a really interesting MC because she was strong but vulnerable. She wasn’t accustomed to the way of the world outside her Pod, but she wanted to learn. She also wore her emotions on her sleeve and didn’t let anything or anyone get in the way of what she wanted: getting back home to her Mother. I thought at times she could be a little bland, but I think she has a lot of room for growth and I am interested to see where she will go in the future. I would have liked to learn more about her mother’s research overall, and I think there was way too much convenience at one point for everything to kind of come up roses for Aria in INTO THE STILL BLUE, but I still think this is a solid four star series.

Overall, I liked this series a lot. It is one that I will be recommending to people if they want to read a dystopian novel because it brings something to the table that a lot of other series are lacking. I think Perry and Aria might even make my OTP list! Which is surprising because if you know me, you know I do not like romance in books. But Perry and Aria are great together! And Roar is better than both of them combined. #sorrynotsorry

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I already know that Dani is planning on buying these books in April (and this is May!), so I don’t have to do much convincing. Really, it is pretty safe to say that if *I* enjoy the romance in a novel, so will Dani. I think she will love Perry and want to bring him to our world so she can be with him forever. I think if she succeeds, she should also bring me Roar.


About Veronica Rossi

Veronica Rossi is a best selling author of fiction for young adults. Her debut novel, UNDER THE NEVER SKY, was the first in a post-apocalyptic trilogy. Released in January 2012, it was deemed one of the Best Books of Year by School Library Journal. The series appeared in the NY Times and USA Today best seller lists and was published in over 25 foreign markets.

Her second series for young adults will begin with RIDERS (publishing February 16, 2016), the story of four modern day teens who become incarnations of the four horsemen of the apocalypse, and the prophetic girl who brings them together.

Veronica completed her undergraduate studies at UCLA and then went on to study fine art at the California College of the Arts in San Francisco. She is a lifelong reader and artist. Born in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, she has lived in Mexico, Venezuela, and all over the United States, to finally settle in Northern California with her husband and two sons.

When not writing, Veronica enjoys reading (it’s worth repeating), painting, and running. She does NOT like anything involving numbers, the addition of them, subtraction of them, you name it. They terrify her. Her obsessions generally lead to fictional works. Currently, she’s delving deep in to Ancient Greece.

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