UNDER THE NEVER SKY by Veronica Rossi
Kirkus Star

UNDER THE NEVER SKY

From the "Under the Never Sky" series, volume 1
Age Range: 12 & up

KIRKUS REVIEW

Debut author Rossi creates a dystopian world in which a teenage girl loses her home but finds truth, love and identity.

Aria has grown up in a Pod, where life is highly regulated and technology has eliminated many of life’s pains and inconveniences. Dwellers lead sheltered, insulated lives in the Pod, enjoying protection from the often treacherous and always unpredictable Aether forces in the sky. They also revel in endless virtual joy rides accessible through devices all Dwellers have. Rossi seamlessly intertwines Aria’s journey with that of Peregrine, a teenage boy who has grown up outside of a Pod, an Outsider, in what the Dwellers consider perilous wastelands where humans live without the gadgets Dwellers depend upon. Ruling authorities banish Aria from the Pod, and Rossi nails the feat of offering dual perspectives from Aria and Perry as they help one another on separate quests that turn out to have unexpected connections. Though an Outsider and what Dwellers consider a savage, Peregrine, who possesses preternatural gifts and comes from a ruling family in his tribe, earns not only Aria’s respect and admiration, but also her heart. Rossi grounds her worldbuilding in language, creating idioms for the Dwellers and Outsiders that add texture to their respective myths; her characters are brave and complex and her prose smooth and evocative.

Inspired, offbeat and mesmerizing. (Science fiction. 12 & up)

Pub Date: Jan. 3rd, 2012
ISBN: 978-0-06-207203-0
Page count: 384pp
Publisher: Harper/HarperCollins
Review Posted Online:
Kirkus Reviews Issue: Dec. 15th, 2011




NEW & NOTABLE BOOKS FOR TEENS: JANUARY 2012:

ChildrenTEMPEST by Julie Cross
by Julie Cross
ChildrenTHE SURVIVORS by Will Weaver
by Will Weaver
ChildrenIN DARKNESS by Nick Lake
by Nick Lake
ChildrenTHERE IS NO DOG by Meg Rosoff
by Meg Rosoff
ChildrenA MILLION SUNS by Beth Revis
by Beth Revis

OUR CRITICS' TAKES ON MORE BESTSELLERS

See full list >
Cover art for HITLER'S LAST DAYS
VERDICT:
SKIP IT
Cover art for THE RUMOR
VERDICT:
BORROW IT
Cover art for PIRATE HUNTERS
VERDICT:
BORROW IT
Cover art for THE MELODY LINGERS ON
VERDICT:
SKIP IT

MORE BY VERONICA ROSSI

ChildrenINTO THE STILL BLUE by Veronica Rossi
by Veronica Rossi
ChildrenTHROUGH THE EVER NIGHT by Veronica Rossi
by Veronica Rossi

SIMILAR BOOKS SUGGESTED BY OUR CRITICS:

ChildrenBREATHE by Sarah  Crossan
by Sarah Crossan
ChildrenTHE 100  by Kass Morgan
by Kass Morgan
ChildrenDEVIANT by Helen FitzGerald
by Helen FitzGerald
ChildrenMATCHED by Ally Condie
by Ally Condie