Rating: **** Suggested Age: 13
Summary: “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.” (Summary found on Goodreads).
At first, Veronica Rossi’s novel, Under the Never Sky, didn’t seem to be going anywhere. There were about one-hundred pages where the plot seemed to be moving at the speed of a snail. The two narrators (it was in split-perspective) met at the very beginning informally and met again at page one-hundred-something. Personally, I thought that a book written that way should have them formally meet much earlier. Once they met, the plot picked up and I started to enjoy it. The world inside the story was quite complex, but the story itself was even more. There were points when I didn’t understand the premise of different “realms” and other ideas weren’t explained completely. Though, besides the slow beginning and confusion, I actually enjoyed the book’s middle and end a lot. I read the majority of the book in one day (and spent the previous week trudging through the first part) because I could hardly put it down. I would have given it five stars if the whole book was hard to put down. Sadly, though, it wasn’t. I also enjoyed the two protagonist’s relationship with each other and the character development involved in their relationship. I recommend this book to dystopian future fans.