Monday, October 28, 2013

Review- Under the Never Sky by Veronica Rossi

Goodreads 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.


REVIEW:

I had had my eyes on Under the Never Sky since I first saw the book when it was about to release. But then, other interesting books came out and I left this one lying on my TBR shelf. Sometime back, my friend Aman over at Enticed by Books and I were discussing our sad and disheartening three star book phase and we decided to buddy read something extraordinary. Janhvi joined us as well and so I finally began reading Under the Never Sky with my two great friends. 
I can't exactly say that Under the Never Sky was an extraordinary five star book as opposed to practically every second Goodreads review. The book started out real slow and if it weren't for my sheer determination, I was this close to DNF-ing it. It seemed way too dragged, although I've realised that all fantasy novels need that dragging to help the reader understand the new world better. With Under the Never Sky  once I reached the 55% mark, the book suddenly picked up pace turned out to be a super interesting edge of the seat packed with action story. 
Under the Never Sky is the story of an Outsider, Aria and a Savage, Peregrine. Both their worlds are absolutely different and yet deeply interconnected. When Aria and Peregrine meet, it seemed like they'd never get along. But Aria's curiosity and confusion mixed with Peregrine's intellect and mystery made the two an amazing couple. The interaction between Aria and Peregrine in this book is what made it a good read for me. 
Author Veronica Rossi has created a strong world in which the concept of the Aether was quite interesting really, although I wish there was more about it. Long descriptions always tend to drift me off which is why some concepts still seem unclear to me. The author's writing is really good though and both Aria and Peregrine's points of views were excellently explained and varied nicely. 
I can't exactly say that I loved Under the Never Sky because when it takes nearly 55% for a book to pique my interest, with an obvious maths calculation, only 45% of the book was amazing and that's less than half of it. Nonetheless, the parts that I did like were really, really good and for a Dystopian read, like all reads of the genre, it was a fascinating story and I'll definitely be continuing with the series. 

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10 comments:

  1. YAY for not DNFing it! Were you seriously that close? Great that we did a readalong then! The world was my favorite part in this book, it was so vividly described and I loved the use of Aether. I felt like it was kinda of like Pollution, but had thunderbolt like power to kill people. That stuff was dangerous! And poor CInder. I can't wait to read more about him, he seemed so lost in this one. The romance was my second favorite part. I loved Perry he reminded me of those scottish brooding historicals guys for some reason. But that's might be because they lived in a caveman like world and Perry was very hands on sort of guy. Though the pace was my least favorite thing about this book. It was very slow in the beginning, but it worked for me after 40%. I'm so happy that we did a readalong, the experience of constant sharing and tweeting was great. I can't wait to do more of those. Great review as always, Sarika!!!

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    1. It was fun to read this along with you, Aman. I hope we have many such read-alongs in the future. Yes, I have a feeling Cinder is going to have some major part to play in the books to come and yes, Perry was quite swoon-worthy although I like Roar more, I think. The pace put me off but once it picked up, it was really good. Thank you!

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  2. Damn I missed this readalong, I'll never read this book it seems. But seriously I have heard so many things about it and it's a must read I know, but I never picked it up. I'm so happy you managed to finish this book and that it was actually good at the end! Great review Sarika :)

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    1. Join us for the next books in the series, Tanja. I'll make you read this one, it's quite good. Thank you!

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  3. Sorry this dragged for you, but I'm glad you liked the characters and plan on continuing with the next book. Hope it's more enjoyable. :)

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    1. I sincerely hope so too, Renu. The pace has to be quick or else I tend to forget.

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  4. I have translated copy of this book sitting on my shelf for ages...O.o I just can't find time to read it, but based on your review, I think I would have same issues with it.
    Glass @ Way Too Hot Books

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    1. Yeah, it is as good as it is slow, Glass. So take your time.

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  5. I had similar issues. The beginning had me constantly second guessing reading it. Even to the point where I was nit-picking over her name being Aria and her being a singer. Pet peeve of mine... Anyway, I am glad I stuck with it as it is a good story once it picks up.

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    1. Hahaha! Exactly, Ali. It was really good once it picked up pace. Glad you didn't give up either.

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