Under the Never Sky by Veronica Roth
Published: January 3rd, 2012 (HarperCollins)
Source: ARC via NetGalley
Challenge: Debut Author Challenge 2012
Series: Under the Never Sky #1
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Rating: ★★★★☆ ½
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.
There has been a lot of praise for Under the Never Sky in the blogosphere, and if you ask me: all of that and more is deserved!
Aria is cast away from her home, and left out in the Death Shop; people inside Reverie believe that being left outside the city means certain death. Aria does too - until she meets Perry. Perry is an outsider, a Savager, someone to be feared. They strike a deal and together they set off on their mission.
The worldbuilding was excellent. The discriptions were vivid and everything was so believable I could envision every single location they were. It was fantastic! Another thing I thought was fantastic: the characters. They were all very well developed, coming alive on the pages. I loved it! I loved Aria, Perry, Roar (!), Marron and even Cinder. It doesn't happen often that I really like both the characters and the world, but Rossi made it possible and I couldn't flip the pages quick enough, desperate to find out what would happen next.
I absolutely loved this book. It was very well written and the story was exciting. It'll be pure torture to wait for the sequel, which will be coming out in 2013.. So it's 4.5 BIG fat stars for Aria and Perry and OMG me dying for the second installment!