It’s hard to pick up a YA fantasy book these days without it either being a HUNGER GAMES or DIVERGENT knock-off. So with trepidation I picked up Veronica Rossi’s UNDER THE NEVER SKY, worried it sounded a lot like every other dystopian novel on the shelves. I was so wrong.
This book, while having a slow start, and reminding me of Julianna Baggott‘s PURE with the whole purified “Dome” aspect, veers off in a completely new and unexpected direction after the first chapter. The contrast of Aria’s futuristic world, with Peregrine’s savage landscape, is stunningly presented as Rossi’s adept prose intertwines the two worlds beautifully.
The main characters‘ POV is told in alternating chapters, and Rossi throws plenty of stones at both Aria and Perry which keeps the story filled with tension. I was also refreshingly surprised at how Rossi took her time to build the relationship between Perry and Aria. Too many YA books today have the protagonists meeting one moment and then deeply in love the next. Instead, Rossi allows the reader to understand each character’s true motivation before allowing them to realize their feelings for one another.
If you are looking for a fast YA read, with one-of-a-kind characters and a unique setting, I suggest you pick up UNDER THE NEVER SKY. You will be intrigued by Rossi’s world-building and find yourself quickly rooting for Aria and Peregrine.
Have you already read UNDER THE NEVER SKY? Do you agree with my review? Let me know, I’d love to hear from you.
Rating: Worth Chasing