Don and I recently had quite a few hours to kill in the car traveling so we listened to Under the Never Sky by Veronica Rossi on audio book. Similar to The Hunger Games series, the story is set in a dystopian world of the future where medical advances control aging, reproduction is closely managed through gene manipulation, the privileged live in virtual worlds more often than not and the unprivileged are considered savage and live in a world where simply survival is paramount. Part adventure and mystery, part romance, Under the Never Sky is a young adult novel telling the story of two worlds colliding. I particularly enjoyed the juxtaposition of the lifestyles of the two main characters, Perry and Aria. Perry comes from the outside. He is a predatory hunter and survivalist to the core. Aria comes from the pods, the privileged world where she’s not even accustomed to touching other humans “in the real” and who cannot hardly comprehend life as Perry knows it. The two must join forces to stay alive and in the process learn a lot about themselves and each other. And of course, [SPOILER], fall in love. (Who wouldn’t see that coming? Really?) It was good. We both really enjoyed it. When Perry and Aria finally realize their feelings, it got a little sappy for Don once or twice, but it was tolerable. Under the Never Sky is the first in a series of three main books, and two additional novellas for serious fans. Under the Never Sky ends well but leaves you wanting more. I have a feeling we’ll be looking for the next opportunity to listen to book 2, Through the Ever Night, together soon.
“It’s always better, isn’t it, when you discover answers on your own?”
~Lumina, Under the Never Sky
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