Thursday, February 9, 2012

Review #137: Under the Never Sky by Veronica Rossi

Under the Never Sky is the first in a trilogy by Veronica Rossi. The synopsis is:

Since she’d been on the outside, she’d survived an Aether storm, she’d had a knife held to her throat, and she’d seen men murdered. This was worse.

Exiled from her home, the enclosed city of Reverie, Aria knows her chances of surviving in the outer wasteland—known as The Death Shop—are slim. If the cannibals don’t get her, the violent, electrified energy storms will. She’s been taught that the very air she breathes can kill her. Then Aria meets an Outsider named Perry. He’s wild—a savage—and her only hope of staying alive.

A hunter for his tribe in a merciless landscape, Perry views Aria as sheltered and fragile—everything he would expect from a Dweller. But he needs Aria’s help too; she alone holds the key to his redemption. Opposites in nearly every way, Aria and Perry must accept each other to survive. Their unlikely alliance forges a bond that will determine the fate of all who live under the never sky.

I could not stand this book. Which is unfortunate, because I was immediately pulled in by the synopsis. But when actually reading UtNS, I couldn't stomach it. The story did not live up to expectations, and was just awful.

I couldn't connect to Aria much at all. She felt like a typical YA character, which lost me instantly. Perry wasn't much better, also a stereotypical YA male character. No one else was memorable.

I hated the world building and writing style. Both were like paper and just not good. X_X

Was it worth the hype? No, not at all.

I'll next be reviewing Hallowed by Cynthia Hand.

Until next time, viva la literature!

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