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Review: Under the Never Sky

my thoughts in a few sentences: Although Under the Never Sky is not that outstandingly special story I would clutch to my chest and never want to pry myself away from, it is a spectacular story! The unsettling alliance made between enemies who seek beyond their differences and discover the truth of their soft hearts and strong wills, the action that can range from vengeful cannibals, assailing wolves, and escaping violent storms, and the circle of varying dynamic characters all make this incessant life-or-death run of a story so unbearable to put down.

hooking first lines: "They called the world beyond the walls of the Pod "the Death Shop." A million ways to die out there. Aria never thought she'd get so close."

Rating: Perfect Bed Partner | HarperTeen • Ebook Purchase • Post-Apocalyptic • 1/3/12 • $9.65

Under the Never Sky by Kristin Cashore
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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.
Of course, I was thoroughly excited for this book. How could I not be? But the incredible response for this book, which resulted in Under the Never Sky's selection for the monthly event around here known as Bloggers' Choice, astounded me and, I will admit, puzzled me slightly. The confusion has long since faded away, drifting from me the moment I closed the book and thought back to those last finishing moments. There's a compelling quality deeply embedded in the core of Under the Never Sky that makes it impossible to halt our entrance, and eventual climbing progression, into this story. How can we stay away from such a heartbreaking journey for answers in a world full of dark perils led by a group of characters that gradually spread into and encompass our hearts?

Told in alternating third person perspectives, Aria begins the tale with her deadly gamble, in which she hopes to find clues as to her mother's mysterious whereabouts from the only poorly guarded information source in her short reach: a boy who has had his eyes on her and is family to the head of security. Our interest in Aria is automatic because she is intelligent, persistent, and brave, yet perfectly accessible in the feelings soaring within her from the moment she begins running for the sake of her and her friend's lives away from the crazed boys she finds herself locked in with to the point where she is thrust into the unpredictable and notorious Death Shop—a place outside of her home in Reverie where survival is as unlikely as staying alive without breath. Enter Peregrine, or Perry, the Savage with a penchant for rescuing her from death before her evolution into a strong girl able to defend herself from the treacherous unknown of this new world she is forced to live in.

At first, the two of them have their own goals and their own means for achieving them, but soon their cares and worries and fears turn onto each other and they become undeniably attracted and attached. Their sensuous ascent into the murky and unfamiliar territory of a love as boundless as their never sky is a harmless, though profound warmth around our hearts, stunning us with so many heart-throbbing stares, whispered secrets, and embraces, incapacitating our careful attention to any other details onward. Tempered with the forbidden, their romance has the power to dispel any resistance we may hold.

And with Perry's invasion into her life comes his undeniably charming, flirty, and teasing brofriend, ROAR, and with his arrival brings a very pitiable boy named Cinder, a lonely and terror-inducing young boy who is suspiciously unafraid of being on his own despite the outrageous dangers. From then on it becomes a race for life and the safety of others so precious their circumstances slash our susceptible hearts, kindling our hopes for their rescue and protection.

I expected to fall in love with the sexily wild Perry, but once again my relationship with the heroine turned out a remarkably happy surprise. Furthermore, my attachment to the revelations of the fast-paced plot and the fascinating group of characters fighting within the rapid-fire play of events is immensely justified, reinforced by every emotional argument and dastardly enemy attack and surge of brilliant feeling. Addicted from front to back, Under the Never Sky is a colossal success, one which stabbed into my heart more deeply than any one of Roar, Aria, or Perry's clear-cut knife thrusts.

"Do the clouds ever clear?" she asked.
"Completely? No. Never."
"What about the Aether? Does that ever go away?"
"Never, Mole. The Aether never leaves."
She looked up. "A world of nevers under a never sky."
She fit in well then, [Perry] thought. A girl who never shut up. (33%)

"That was my first kiss," she said. "My first real one."
He brought his head close, resting his forehead on hers. Blond waves fell around her face, soft against her cheeks. His chest rose and fell as he drew in a breath. "Felt like the first real one for me, too." (79%)

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Celine said...

What a brilliant review, Asher!!! I absolutely loved Under the Never Skye of the best 2012 debut I've read so far! Perry and ROOOOOOOAAAAAAAAAAARRRRRRRRRRr! <3 Gosh, how I adore the characters! So glad you enjoyed it! <3

Jess & Kat said...

I'm so glad you liked it. I want to go to one of the Spring Into The Future tour stops and this was the only book I hadn't read. Now I can't wait to buy it

Caitlin Lomas said...

I've read so many glowing reviews for this book yet I got half way through and just didn't care enough to continue. I might have to pick it up and give it another go. Beautifully written review Asher!

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Brodie said...

Oh you've read it! (FINALLY!) Heh, I mean YAY!!! I am incredibly happy you enjoyed it because it was one of my favourite reads this year <3 Veronica's stunning worldbuilding and the characters, oh the characters. I loved how the relationship grew between Perry and Aria. And of course, ROOOOAAAAARRR! And Cinder was so compelling. I cannot wait to see more of each of these in the sequel!

Brilliant review, Asher!

Brodie said...

Hehehe I approve of the ROOOOOOOOOOAAAARRRR- ness :D

Asher_Knight said...

 So do I! :DD

Asher_Knight said...

YAY, more fans!! It's one of my favorites too, yet not Special Shelf. It's strange. PERRY AND ROAR. I <333 them so much as well.

Asher_Knight said...

Ugh, I wish I could go. I would love to meet the authors and such. I hope you do enjoy it!!

Asher_Knight said...

What are you trying to say, Brodie, hm? Yeah, YAY. It was so... COOL, I guess is the word. So detailed yet not too much in the world-building and the CHARACTERS. Love, love, love.

And thank you <33

Christy @TheReaderBee said...

Awwww, I love this book! It was so good. The characters are really great. I especially love Roar, he made the book so much more special to me. :) Glad you enjoyed it as well!

Asher_Knight said...

I don't think there's a person alive who could resist Roar. It's just impossible. He has such charm and wit. And his dark princely looks! More, please!