I'm so excited for this week's Bookanista Review, you guys! It's for a book I read months ago, and have been DYING to gush about ever since. But I wanted to wait until closer to release. So yay--now I can finally tell you how awesome UNDER THE NEVER SKY, by the incredible Veronica Rossi is!
Here's how the publisher describes the story:
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.
In her enthralling debut, Veronica Rossi sends readers on an unforgettable adventure set in a world brimming with harshness and beauty.
Now, many of you may know that Veronica is a fellow Bookanista--and you may think that biases my opinion. But I promise, I am still VERY capable of being subjective. Yes, I most definitely picked up this book hoping to love it as much as I adore the author. But after that, it's up to the book to sell me on the story. And UNDER THE NEVER SKY had me from the first page.
I know some people will probably lump this book into the dystopian genre... but I'd say it's more of a futuristic Sci-Fi thriller. However you categorize it though, there's no need to worry about the post-apocalyptic fatigue I think so many of us are feeling (*raises both hands high*). UNDER THE NEVER SKY is refreshingly different from all of the other books out there--one of my favorite things about it.
I'm not sure there's much I can say that the STARRED Kirkus review hasn't already said for me, but I'll try. The world is layered with awesome details that make it feel interesting and original. The characters are beautifully flawed, which makes them wonderfully real and relatable. Plus there's a SERIOUSLY steamy love story.
And the best part about the romance is that it builds at a believable rate. It's not insta-love-at-first-sight (far from it, actually). Nor is it I-hate-hate-hate-hate-you--wait, actually I LOVE YOU AND CAN'T LIVE WITHOUT YOU, as I see so often in books. Instead the relationship grows from time and circumstance in a way that feels completely natural. So by the time the characters are ready to accept their feelings for each other, we are too.
Not to mention, the writing is gorgeous. I raced through this book because I HAD to know what would happen--but as soon as I was done I wanted to go back and read more slowly so I could really sink into the words and appreciate them for their beauty. But alas, I had the Bookanistas' copy and had to pass the ARC along. So I'll have to reread as soon as I can get my hands on the shiny hardcover--which is coming SOON. Like, January 3 soon. SO EXCITING!!!!!
Trust me when I say this book is worth reading. Which is why I want to help one of you get your hands on a copy. And Veronica has been amazing enough to donate one of her copies to one lucky commenter on this post!
To enter, make sure you follow my blog and leave a comment on this post by 11:59pm PST on Thursday, December 22th. I'll draw one random winner and post their name on Friday, December 23rd. International entries are--as always--welcome.
I do also *hope* that whoever wins will end up posting a review for the book somewhere--or blogging/tweeting/FB-ing about it--to help spread the love and get some more mileage out of the prize. I can't require that for entry. But I'm hoping the winner will feel inspired to. :)
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