Book Review: Under The Never Sky by Veronica Rossi


WORLDS KEPT THEM APART.

DESTINY BROUGHT THEM TOGETHER.

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.

Rating:

3stars

Review:

I’m usually a very fast reader if the book is good. I finish it by two days tops. I started this book six days ago and I only finished it last night. Yes, I was busy because college started and I had a lot of stuff to do, but if a book is good, nothing can stop me from reading it through to the end. Not college, not lab reports, not exams. What I’m trying to say here is this book didn’t manage to hold my interest at all.

When I was about ten pages into this book, I was so happy. It was such an interesting premise with the Dwellers and the Outsiders and the domes and the Aether storms. But then it turned into another mushy YA love story. I mean, Veronica Rossi did an amazing job with the world building that it’s almost a shame that she limited herself to writing a love story instead of, I don’t know, an adventure/survival maybe. Granted the writing is good, but the question is, is that enough? I like romance, I really do, but when that’s all there is to a story, it kind of becomes boring. Also, nothing much happened in this book. Perry and the girl – who was it? – Aria just went about running from this place to that place, chased by one evil group of people after another. It was EXHAUSTING. It is clear that when Veronica Rossi wrote this book, she had no outline of a plot in her mind. It seems like she kept writing scene after scene with “Perry, Aria and the sexual tension” in the beginning and then, “Perry, Aria and their lovey-dovey-ness” in the latter part of the book. God, I’m so frustrated right now that I can’t even type properly. I’m just a huge mass of disappointment now. Shame. This book had so much potential. And the ending! That is just such an atrocious ending. I expected a cliffhanger because that’s what most YA books with sequels seem to have, but it wasn’t a cliffhanger. It wasn’t even an ending. I felt like a few pages were missing at the end. It was as if the book had ended at a random scene. Sigh. Such potential.

Cons:

  • Lack of sexual tension (Their romance just didn’t do it for me. Somewhere in the middle, I started wishing Perry and Aria would just break up and move on with their lives.)
  • Romance, romance and nothing but romance
  • No plot
  • Flat secondary characters

Pros:

  • Good writing
  • Brilliant world building
  • Good depth in the primary characters (Perry and Aria)

Verdict:

I’m so not picking up the sequel. Unless I hear it has a plot, that is. 🙂

So, what did you guys think of this book? Is it your cup of tea?

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6 thoughts on “Book Review: Under The Never Sky by Veronica Rossi

  1. I’m sorry you didn’t like this one. It’s a series I absolutely love. I actually think I liked the sequel better. There is a lot of development with Roar as a character. I hope you enjoy your next read better.

    • I am usually very patient with books, but my college life has been a little hectic lately. Maybe if this were another time, I would have enjoyed this book. Oh well, I hope I like the next book too. 🙂

  2. I haven’t read it yet, but it is on my wish list, kind of apprehensive about it now. I recently read a Young Adult dystopian/apocalyptic book that didn’t feature a love story at all, called Young Moon by H S St Ours, and I really enjoyed it, you can find a review of it on my blog a-reader-lives-a-thousand-lives.blogspot.co.uk (I think it was posted yesterday).

    I’m like you with the romance in YA dystopian novels, its getting a bit old, and love triangles are annoying me majorly! Then there is nothing worse than one without chemistry!

    • Yes, I SO agree with you Laura! Why do these authors keep recycling the same love story (and the love triangle!) again and again only with different characters? I admire originality in an author’s work and I hate cliched plots.
      And thanks for the suggestion! The author of Young Moon actually sent me a copy of the book for free in return for a review. I have it on my to-read list. 🙂

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