Under the Never Sky

Under the Never Sky

Book - 2012
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ChristchurchTeens Jun 17, 2020

Aria has lived her whole life in the protected dome of Reverie. Her entire world confined to its spaces, she's never thought to dream of what lies beyond its doors. So when her mother goes missing, Aria knows her chances of surviving in the outer wasteland long enough to find her are slim. Then Aria meets an outsider named Perry. He's searching for someone too. He's also wild - a savage - but might be her best hope at staying alive. If they can survive, they are each other's best hope for finding answers. First in a trilogy that includes Through the Ever Night (2013) and Into the Still Blue (2014).

MelifluousView Jan 16, 2018

I loved watching Aria go from being immersed in a digital world to exploring the real world. The heightened senses in those on the outside were very intriguing as well.

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GuineaPiggies
Mar 21, 2016

One of my favorite books! FYI, if you like this book you might like Shards of Honor by Lois McMaster Bujold as well (but be aware Shards of Honor is an adult book, not a young adult book)

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tocch101
Nov 25, 2015

It starts a tiny bit slow, but the characters are played well, and intricacies of senses are well explored.

staceyb123 Apr 28, 2015

I enjoyed this book! It felt like a cross between the 100 andgame of thrones at times with a little hing of the hunger games

Barbara5060 Jul 25, 2014

Found this a good book. Liked the contrast between the Pod and Outside. Wonder what my kids would do without all their tech gadgets. I imagine they would be much like Aria. Disoriented at first, then coping as best they could. I'm looking forward to reading the next book!

I loved this book so much. And how the author expressed her conflicted emotions... she's supposed to be afraid of him and run, but he knows how to the survive the Outside, and she doesn't. Even though she doesn't want to admit it she needs him and soon some feelings about him start to change and she confuses herself. I love how they end up falling in love! <3!!!

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naw666
May 11, 2014

Kept me on my toes, interesting read.

blackdog101 Nov 30, 2013

I love this book!!

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hollyheartsYA
Mar 19, 2013

Wow, I was really blown away by Under the Never Sky! It's everything I could want in a Young Adult Scifi/Fantasy story. The virtual reality of the world Aria lives in is both intriguing and terrifying. Everything Aria knows as reality is entirely false and she is thrown out in the world she thought had been left behind. Instead, people have survived the intense change the earth has gone through. These so called "savages" are trying to eke out a living amid severe weather storms caused by the Aether. The descriptions of the Aether (a different sort of sky) are some of the most beautiful I've read in a while.

The characters we meet in the outside world are compelling. Perry, Roar and Cinder give this story an immense depth. The human race has mutated and developed gifts such as supersonic hearing, perfect night vision and the ability to read others' emotions.

There is something for everyone in this novel. Love, battles, laughter, grief and as is the case with dystopias, lingering questions on how our society and race are evolving.

I'm looking forward to the sequel with unabashed anticipation. Through the Ever Night comes out in early 2013!

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emmaleekins
Jan 27, 2013

Once I got into the book, I LOVED it. It was a refreshing take on a dystopian young adult novel. A 17 year old girl is cast out from the safety of the "pods" her people retreated to after experiencing storms that killed people. The pod people create virtual realities to take the place of "out of the pod" experiences. She is saved by a "savage" who becomes an ally, then someone she understands and learns from and respects. They each help one another in their quests to help a loved one.

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kesha1123
Jan 27, 2013

This read will stand out among the numerous options in this genre since it has a unique twist of Outsiders possessing Senses that render them to each other. Dwellers who reside within pods are conducting experiments to extend their lives seeking the solution through "stolen" Outsiders. All the while an odd Aether atmosphere violently attacks both societies. Aria and Perry find a undying love amidst it all.

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fionacarrington
Jan 26, 2013

I read this book in just 2 days. It was truly fantastic that I just couldn't put it down. The way that the author describes Aria and Perry, that would always make me get goosebumps. They couldn't stand each other and at the end they are like in love and I found that so adorable.I found this story really enjoyable and I would recommend it to anyone to read :)

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jillageyer
Nov 16, 2012

I thought the book was pretty good. not the best I've ever read. started off slow, but by the end I was like this is AWESOMMME I can't wait for Through the ever night!

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WestsideAsian
Oct 22, 2012

I have to say this Book was pretty good, a little on the expected side but I kind of like it that way. Perry and Aria have a really good character build and I sort of sort of not expected the ending. The only thing that matters is I can't wait for the next book

JewelMcLatchy Oct 05, 2012

Really amazing book 1 in the trilogy by this new author. Similar to other books I've read, but ranks high on my list of great teen dystopian reads. Very much looking forward to the next one. I would say it is more similar to Graceling from the Seven Kingdoms trilogy, Specials and Extras from the Uglies series than it is to Hunger Games, but there are elements of that to be seen too. Quite intriguing...

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ychi
Jun 26, 2012

All the buzz. D: By now I should know better than to listen to other authors hype books, seriously. I think I'll be sticking with book blogger opinions from now on. Oh, and Under the Never Sky is really similar to the premise of this 2010 middle-grade novel, A Crack in the Sky by Mark Peter Hughes. Whatever this book is, it's not original.

So, Aria. And Perry. Alone, they're bearable; each has their own problems and worries that make them at least not unlikeable. But the key word in the summary is "together". When we're focused on the romance, the stereotypical can't-stand-each-other attitude wears out quickly; the can't-stop-looking-in-each-other's-eyes change happens more drastically than a Tennessee Walking Horse's turn on a dime. It'll cause its fair share of eyerolls.

Secondary characters and plot are similar in that they're there enough to be sufficient, and that's it. Roar stuffs Aria with info on Perry, while the storyline gets stuffed with various troubles which do nothing to change the story's trajectory. That latter point is probably my biggest complaint: why have all these twists and turns if they don't shift the basic story?

Under the Never Sky is somewhat redeemed by its worldbuilding. The supernatural sense are a little overboard (as are the Caps on Every thing that Seems to Deserve a Name), but the Aether and its storms provide interesting ties to a power to be explored. As well, the concept of Aria's realms is a jazzy sci-fi kink; it's nothing new, but in the dystopian setting it's intriguing.

N.B.: was I the only one who wanted Aria's singing to play a more important role than just serenading Perry?
N.B.: I hate the trailer.

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tasha007
Apr 30, 2012

Amazing. Brilliant. Terrifying. No need to say much more.

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graceling3
Mar 27, 2012

Not bad. Different from expected though. I still think the relationship between Aria and Perry could have been more- I don't know- explained more thoroughly? Because at first, they hated each other; and Aria was scared to death of Perry; and after a couple days' journey, they fall in love? just seems a bit of a stretch, you know. and... not enough action. just not enough. and the fact that Perry became Blood King so easily bothers me. anyway, it's obvious that there is going to be at least a sequel to look forward to.

memest60 Mar 19, 2012

first in trilogy

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PatienceLorraine
Mar 08, 2012

Seems like my hold is ready for pickup, so they have gotten them out, it's just taking a while to circulate 8 copies of a book to 30 people, you know?

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Beenish0151
Mar 05, 2012

What's taking so long with the order? This book released in the beginning of January and it's already the beginning of March, yet the libraries still don't have it, I know it takes a few weeks, but over 2 months? That's crazy.
I can't buy it because what if I don't like it, I don't waste money on books that I don't like, I'm gonna ask around and see if anyone I know or if my sister's school library has one that I could borrow.
Sorry if this sounds like I'm yelling, but I'm just losing my patience.


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