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Under The Never Sky Series by Veronica Rossi
Under The Never Sky - A Dystopian Novel Like Divergent and The Hunger Games
It was just after Christmas when I went to the book store looking for Allegiant the final book in the Divergent series. When a young sales lady saw it in my hand she approached me, asking if she could make a recommendation for me. She told me that any time she sees someone with a Divergent series book in their hands, she likes to tell them about the Under the Never Sky series by Veronica Rossi.
She is a fan of the young adult dystopian genre and that the Under the Never Sky series is actually her favorite. She likes to make other fans of this genre aware of this series, as it doesn't seem to have the general awareness that The Hunger Games, Divergent or Maze Runner do.
She gave me a brief synopsis of what it was about. Then she told me that since it was "her pick" that the store offers a full refund if you buy it, read it, and don't like it. It sounded interesting enough and with the refund guarantee, I figured why not? Thanks to her I found another great series.
Under The Never Sky - What Is It About
The story takes place in the future where there are dangerous energy storms know as "Aether Storms". The population has divided into Dwellers and Outsiders. The Dwellers deal with the storms by living inside enclosed cities known as "Pods" where technology is a part of everyday life. Since they live in confined spaces they use virtual reality devices known as "Smarteyes" to travel to other places known as "Realms". This is actually where they spend all their time and usually only interact with one another inside these virtual worlds.
The Outsiders live outdoors in the real world and technology is almost nonexistent. The Outsiders have returned to a more primitive society where people live in tribes and are fighting just to survive. However the Aether has also played with the Outsiders genetic makeup giving some of them special powers with their senses, such as the ability to detect when and where an Aether strike is going to happen.
When a Dweller named Aria can not contact her mother, who is doing research in another Pod, she becomes concerned and tries to find out what has happened to her. In trying to obtain some information she gets caught breaking a rule. She is then kicked out of the pod and banished to the "Death Shop" otherwise known as the outside world.
This is where she runs into Perry, one of the Outsiders. Dwellers and Outsiders have been taught to see the worst traits in each other. Outsiders are just savages and cannibals and Dwellers are lazy and entitled. When they first meet that is what they see in each other. However they find that they both need each other to survive and to find what they are looking for. Aria needs to find her mother and Perry needs to find his nephew, who was kidnapped while under his watch. Through their journey together they come to see they have more in common then they thought and their differences make them stronger together.
Under The Never Sky by Veronica Rossi Videos
There is a book trailer by Harper Teens that gives you some insight as to what the story is about. Veronica Rossi also talks about what Under the Never Sky is about and where she found her inspiration for it.
What Is Your Favorite Dystopian Teen Series?
What Is Your Favorite Dystopian Teen Series?
Video Of Veronica Rossi Discussing Writing Under The Never Sky
Under The Never Sky Review
While I had never heard of it, apparently it is doing well enough to have gained interest from a movie studio. Warner Brothers Studios have optioned the movie rights to the trilogy.
After having read the book, I don't know that I agree with the sales lady that it is the best dystopian novel ever for young adults, but it is a good one. I would recommend reading Under the Never Sky by Veronica Rossi to anyone who enjoys the genre and is looking for a new series.
It starts out a little slow and there are some things that are referred to but not really explained. However the action does pick up and some of the things get explained in better detail later in the story.
I enjoyed the characters and I don't want to wait to see what happens next on their journey. So I went online and ordered the next title in the series Through the Ever Night. So if you enjoyed the Hunger Games and Divergent, like I did, then I suggest you check out Under The Never Sky.
Under The Never Sky: The Complete Series Collection
To save money you can also purchase the complete series collection. It includes all three books from the trilogy plus two novellas. The two novellas are the back story of Roar and Liv and more information about Brooke.