- Copertina rigida: 376 pagine
- Editore: Harpercollins Childrens Books (3 gennaio 2012)
- Collana: Under the Never Sky
- Lingua: Inglese
- ISBN-10: 006207203X
- ISBN-13: 978-0062072030
- Peso di spedizione: 386 g
- Media recensioni: 5.0 su 5 stelle Visualizza tutte le recensioni (1 recensione cliente)
- Posizione nella classifica Bestseller di Amazon: n. 430.217 in Libri in altre lingue (Visualizza i Top 100 nella categoria Libri in altre lingue)
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“The interwoven narratives of both male and female protagonists offer broad appeal. Already selling in more than twenty countries and with film rights optioned by Warner Bros. Entertainment, Rossi’s first novel has the potential to be a blockbuster.” (Voice of Youth Advocates (VOYA))
“Rossi nails the feat of offering dual perspectives. Rossi grounds her worldbuilding in language, creating idioms for the Dwellers and Outsiders that add texture to their respective myths; her characters are brave and complex and her prose smooth and evocative. Inspired, offbeat and mesmerizing.” (Kirkus Reviews (starred review))
“An incredibly original plot. You won’t be able to put this book down…we can’t wait for the next installment in the trilogy!” (Seventeen.com)
“An unforgettable dystopian masterpiece.” (Examiner.com)
“Fans of The Hunger Games will cheer Aria’s gradual, warrior-like transformation over the course of the novel. Perry is an enigmatic figure whose past emerges slowly and whose strength of character is only amplified by his flaws.” (Booklist)
“Aria is a memorable protagonist as she battles her own shortcomings with the same ferocity as she fights for the lives of those she loves. The world itself-sharply divided into garishly surreal Realms, cozy Pods, and harsh, unforgiving outside-is as creatively and lavishly developed as the characters themselves.” (The Horn Book)
“Rossi’s novel transcends. There’s a luminescence to her world that denies the grim realities of environmental degradation, domed cities, genetic disease, and roaming bands of cannibals. It comes across as the work of a master craftsman.” (School Library Journal (starred review))
“Refreshing. Exhilarating. Rossi unravels the world’s secrets, perils, and wonders with a sure hand.” (Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books)
“Will capture your imagination and your heart.” (Justine)
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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.
In her enthralling debut, Veronica Rossi sends readers on an unforgettable adventure set in a world brimming with harshness and beauty.Visualizza tutta la Descrizione prodotto
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One person complained that there was only "one tame sex scene". Oh, yeah: that's a good basis for demoting a story's value. Hello! This is YA fiction: most don't even have heavy petting. If you want lots of orgasm laden stories, don't read young adult books like this, (or "Hunger Games" or "Divergent", etc.) because the plots aren't centered around sex.
Another reviewer complained about the futuristic vocabulary: She was totally bewildered by the term "Blood-Lord", used by the outside people. You know, that's the only person everyone is following around and obeying, who's wearing a huge necklace. Oh yeah, and the word "Lord" is so confusing. Pop Quiz: the Outsiders' "Blood Lords" are (a)Tribal Leaders, (b)Tribal blood-letters, or (c) Tribal Rock Stars. This is such a disappointing comment for even a 10 year old to have expressed.
Still others were equally short-sighted: Some found the lead characters (Perry and Aria) to be flawed. Why, in particular? Because their actions and thoughts were inconsistent. In fact, they even seemed to have identity crises. Hello again!
In this book they're 17! On what planet do teenagers have consistent behaviors? (In one day they will act on completely opposite attitudes towards parents! "Drop me off a mile from school...I'm embarrassed to be seen with you" to "My back is itchy: could you scratch it like you used to when I was little?" And that's just in a period of 4 hours). If the writing is inconsistent, and the characters' actions or comments don't add up, then there's reason to complain. But what if the characters in a story act like real-life teenagers do? What if we're supposed to see this fantasy world through the eyes of a younger person, or in the immature names they use for each other? When an author bases her character development on real people (who can all be saints or sinners) then that person is a skilled writer.
As I said in the beginning, with hundreds of ardent admirers giving this series such a high rating, I don't even need to rescue the author's reputation. All in all, Veronica Rossi's first books were outstanding examples of good writing "chops", world building, suspense building, well rounded & interesting characters, etc. Okay, Okay, I'll back down a bit: there are some legitimate problems, in that one particular villain was a predictable, generic sociopath, and the two Stars did at times escape danger a bit too conveniently. People noted things like that, I agree with such comments. What I'm taking issue with is unrealistic expectations as the cause for downgrading a story.
On the whole, I'd like to remind readers, that the beauty of this book - of any book - is that we can enjoy reading about characters who evolve, who can open their minds, who forgive, who re-evaluate themselves, struggle with moral decision making, who intelligently adjust to their situations, but who still make serious mistakes, or are still judgmental, or hold onto annoying qualities (as most humans do). We don't need YA dystopian books with lots of sex, overpowering flippant teenage dialect, or predictable personalities. Sixteen year olds don't learn anything by reading futuristic tales about what's in their own back yards, and adults wouldn't enjoy that much either. I do believe that these books were excellent, and I'd hope that those who disagree at least use logical reasoning skills.
Veronica Rossi has created the refreshing alternative to the typical generic paranormal and dystopian novels hitting the market in a hail storm. We'd be in a sorry state if all of the best of these books were formulaic. When you read a book like this, try to flow with it for a while without expecting it to adhere to a pattern you've enjoyed in the past. For me, it's the stories with a refreshingly new take on the same theme that satisfy the most. It's the authors who know how to create their own unique writing style, and stick with it, who give us a gift. And although nay sayers are part of what makes the world of literature go around, it's a shame some potential reader might turn away from a good read like this because of other narrow readers whose opinions are based on narrow minded expectations. -Ozmatoo
First of all, I really don't recommend the audiobook version of Under the Never Sky. The narrator was completely awful. Every chapter told from Perry's point of view was told in a weird husky voice that was incredibly distracting. But honestly, I don't really recommend this book as a whole, either. I had a lot of issues with this book, primarily with the world building, pacing, and character development.
Let's dig into the world building first. Pod life could have been so interesting to learn about, but few details were given and the ones that were didn't make a ton of sense. There were so many really cool technological developments, but nothing was explained. I would have also really appreciated a little bit of history about when the Aether storms started and the humans retreated into pod life. Even just a page or two of explanation here or there would have made such a difference and let me get more immersed in the story. Something that was also incredibly confusing was the fact that some Outsiders are Seers. However, Seers in this story are people with a heightened sense of sight. Seer is not used in the traditional sense, like it is in every other piece of literature you've ever read. The main problem is that this wasn't explained until the 50% mark! I read half the book thinking characters were doing something different! If you are going to use a word and give it a meaning other than its traditional one, you NEED to explain that before the halfway point of the book!
I found the pacing to be incredibly off in Under the Never Sky as well. The story started out with an action-packed scene and then NOTHING HAPPENED FOR HUNDREDS OF PAGES. There was a little bit of excitement around the 70% mark and then, once again, nothing happened. I felt like I spent hours of my life just watching Perry and Aria wander around the wilderness. Pages and pages and pages of no action or plot development to speak of. I was so bored during most of this book.
The characters also left a lot to be desired. Aria was so mind-numbingly STUPID. Her idiocy was so distracting that I honestly can't even think of any other characteristics of her character. All I know is that she smells like violets. Which leads us to Perry and his super-sniffer. Perry has superhuman smell, to the point where he can smell a person's emotions. These powers are once again not really explained and don't make much sense. But if I had to hear Perry talking about how Aria smelled like violets ONE MORE TIME, I was going to have to throw my phone out the window. I get it, smell is very important to him. But FIND A DIFFERENT WAY TO DESCRIBE HER. Using the same descriptors on every other page is sloppy and uncreative writing.
Ok, can I rant now? Can I, can I, can I?????? (I will not be offended if you choose to skip over the rant and head straight to my conclusion. Although, you could be in for a good laugh...)
Let's do this...
The first issue I encountered with Under the Never Sky is the sheer stupidity of Aria and all pod dwellers. The book opens with a bunch of teenagers deciding to disable their Smarteyes for the night. They are all so mystified by everything they are seeing in real life for the first time. They've seen fruit in the realms, but now they are seeing it growing for real in their greenhouses. The thing that bothers me about this is the the Smarteyes only cover their left eye. So why have none of these people ever just USED THEIR RIGHT EYE TO LOOK AROUND???? And before you try to convince me that the smart eyes tap into their brains, therefore providing them with a fully-immersive 4D experience...there is a scene where someone tries on a Smarteye and can see the Realms and the room they are sitting in. So I don't want to hear it.
Back to Perry the super-sniffer. There is a scene where Aria gets her first period ever (at 17) and Perry has to explain what it is to her. And the reason he realizes that she has her period is because she starts smelling like violets. SERIOUSLY???? I want to live in a future where periods smell like violets because that could not be farther from the truth in our world. Aria is shocked and disgusted that she has her period because in pod life all babies are created in a lab, therefore eliminating the need for menstruation. BUT HOW? You can't just DECIDE you don't need periods anymore and get rid of them. This is just another aspect of pod life that is never explained and infuriates me.
Finally, let us discuss the 42,678,392 instances of cliches and tropes used in this book. I don't want to give a lot away, but trust me, they're there. OF COURSE Perry just happens to be the only Outsider who has his special type of superpower. OF COURSE the people with Perry's superpower just happen to be more handsome than everyone else.
There are a ton of more trope-y things that happen in this book, but I really don't want to spoil anything.
Alright, I need to stop now. I think I've said my peace and it's time for me to stop ranting. I know a lot of people really adore this series, and I do apologize if it is one of your favorites. I give you permission to tear one of my favorites to shreds. As you can see, I had a lot of issues with this book, and I can say with absolute certainty that I will not be spending my time continuing on with the series.
Man, that was a lot of fun to write...
I listen to most of the books I read since I have some vision issues that reading makes worse. The quality of the person's voice doing the narration is important as well as the performance. The quality of the voice is terrible, it sounds like someone is speaking into a metal barrel after sucking on helium. The performance is similar to listening to a computer speak. The pacing is wrong, places where inflection should be are missing.
I'm intrigued by the story line and I've purchased the book and will try reading it.
This is a post-apocalyptic tale with part of the population living extremely high tech but sheltered and the rest of the population living in the wilds of a violent world. Once you got past the beginning about 30% of the way in more interesting things started to happen. This is pretty much an insta love tale and we don't really see anything groundbreaking in the plot. Our MC's are trying to save people and stay alive while doing it; I could really see this as a Sci-fi channel script. The world is somewhat interesting even though there are many gaps in the whys of it all, gaps that one hopes get filled in reading the next two books. I did find the story to have entertainment value and I'm curious enough about what happens to our characters to read book two.
It took me a few chapters to become immersed in the story and wrap my head around their world. But once I did, I fell madly in love with Under The Never Sky! I loved how the story continually built with fascinating ideas. I loved how rich and soulful the characters were. And I absolutely loved how my emotions tangled together and parts kept my heart beating fast for a myriad of reasons. Under The Never Sky was such a beautiful story, and I can't wait to see where this series goes!
Aria has lived her whole life in a dome, where they spend their time dually within their real world and a virtual one. The reason they live in the domes was beyond unique to me - aether flows in the sky. It's a mixture of fire and water which builds together to create deadly storms that singe and destroy everything in it's path that it touches. And of course once I started to get a good grasp on Aria and the world she lived in, she was thrown outside the dome. To die alone. Yet that's not what happened.....
Aria meets Perry, an outsider who she refers to as a savage. They are people who live outside the dome and have learned to survive the torrential land. While Aria needs Perry to help survive, Perry needs Aria too, for reasons I can't say haha. I loved that this unlikely duo had to team up to get what they wanted. Especially since they are enemies with a very flimsy peace in place. But the best part?! We get to hear both of their voices! We alternate chapters between Perry and Aria and hearing their internal thoughts was so perfect and helpful, especially since they were good at wearing masks *cough Perry cough*. I found myself caught up in their struggles and hoping that their hatred status could move to friendship. Or even more!
Perry easily comes across to Aria as a heartless, killing, bastard. And if you know me, I have a weakness for those lol! Yes he was a jerk at times. But his actions spoke volumes for what he was capable of not saying. It showed that he was loyal, caring, thoughtful and someone who you would want to have your back in their horrific world. I fell so unbelievably hard for Perry. Especially with his past and current decisions that he made in life *clutches heart*. He's definitely going on my favorite tortured heroes list. And he's someone I hope you all get to meet.
Which made me question Aria as his travel companion, since she could seem so unsure of herself. But all I had to do was wait a little while, because she grew so much! Aria started to show her true colors when she wouldn't back down to Perry, and when I kept seeing how she hated having to rely on someone to survive. She wanted to learn. She wanted to survive on her own. She was a fighter through and through and never gave in easily. She was on a direct path to becoming brave and fearless like Perry, and as one of my favorite Heroines. I can't wait to see how much more she'll grow with the next two books. Okay, all this talk is making me antsy.....I have to see what happens next! I am off to start Through The Ever Night, and if you haven't picked up this book yet I highly recommend you do!