Sunday, 1 July 2012

Under the Never Sky REVIEW

Under the Never Sky (Under the Never Sky, #1)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

                                               3.5 Smokin' Kisses

So I was disappointed. It wasn't that the novel wasn't good, but I just went into it with very high expectations.... and it fell short. This is one of those novels that everyone on your Goodreads friend list has read & most ratings are 4+. The quotes that i came across were either beautiful, romantic or funny so, like any other reviewer, started reading with possibly too-high expectations.
Under the Never Sky is dystopian.. but not the kind of dystopian i'm a big fan of. For me, Blood Red Road & Divergent are probebly as good as Dystopia is gonna get. Dystopia usually falls under two catagories:
1) Everything is in complete ruins, broken/trashed world or desert like.
2) High tech future, everything is dealt with/ life takes place virtually

Under the never sky happens to be both- but i wasn't a fan of the tech portion. In dystopia, nothing annoys me more than a future full of extremely high tech lives... its just not a story i get into. So when i first started reading and realized it was that kind of dystopia... i almost put it down. But i really wanted to give it  a chance.
I wasn't to crazy about the idea of Aethers either- everything just seemed to high end.

BUT, once you get past that... the characters are enjoyable. Again, i am more a fan of First person rather than third- so i was a tad bit depressed about that. otherwise, Aria & Perry are lovable characters. especially perry. it was great to watch Aria grow up and become more independant- and Perry care for her despite Talon being taken by her people. Besides, who wouldn't love a man that could take care of you during your Lady days ? still cant believe Aria was confused about that....

There journey was interesting enough- but i found it all very bleak. the story was a little too straightforward for my liking. However the Romance between Aria & Perry wasnt sudden, it built on itself over their trip with eachother. Thats probebly one of the better things in the novel. I really liked Roar hehe if i was Aria i'd pick him instead .
Either way I have faith that Through the ever Night will be even more better than Under the never sky... so lets just hope my expectations arent too high again.


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