Friday, February 17, 2012

Review of Under the Never Sky by Veronica Rossi

Under the Never Sky
By Veronia Rossi
3 Scribbles (Spoiler alert!)
Aria’s indoor world is divided up into pods, where people spend their days using computer eyepieces to play games all day (how great does that sound?). Outside of the pods, primitive people fight to stay alive in the "Death Shop" where "Aether" storms descend at random and scorch everything in their path, and where cannibals roam free. When Aria is betrayed and condemned to the Death Shop, she meets the savage, Perry, who both fascinates and repulses her. While the main portion of the plot is quite predictable, in particular the changing relationship between Perry and Aria, the action and macabre addition of the cannibals helps to carry the sci-fi/action plot along. Characters face some of the same choices that teens today face, for instance, the death of a loved one, the decision to become sexually active, and the challenge to grow as an individual. A few unique characters stand out and add interest and texture to the story, like Marin who seems to be caught in the middle of two worlds, and Cinder, (who I’ll bet has a secret past), and the handsome Roar. In fact, the characters with their special gifts of the senses, are a strength in the novel. Couple those strong characters with a twist in both worlds at the end, and this first book sets the stage for a hopefully even stronger book two.

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