“She looked up. “A world of nevers under a never sky.”She fit in well then, he thought. A girl who never shut up.” --Perry, Under the Never Sky
Summary from Good Reads:
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.
I really enjoyed all the two main characters, Aria and Perry. They both lose a lot, gain a lot, and find out a lot--most importantly about themselves. Aria finds out that she can survive, adapt to the world and that there is more outside of Reverie. They both find out that they can love, despite it being taken away from them. Perry learns how to hope and Aria learns how to live on the outside.
I also enjoyed the secondary characters, Roar, Talon, Cinder. the guy with braids, the doctor, and the guy who Aria stays with. They are all very strong characters, and even though Liv was only mentioned in this book I'm eager to meet her, hear her story, and see what happens between her and Roar. I also want to know more about Cinder, his background, and how he can control the Aether.
The world building for UTNS is excellent. First is the enclosed city of Reverie, where everything is perfect. The people who live there are known as Dwellers to those who live in the Death Shop, the wasteland outside of Reverie. Perry is an outsider and Aria is a Dweller who is banished for crimes she didn't commit. There are the Aether storms, huge fierce lightening storms that can kill people they are so powerful. Aria isn't likely to survive, but she does with Perry's help and the two fall in love.
Their love is different. It's like Alex and Lena's from Delirium, because it's a foreign thing to both of them. The way it's written is similar to Lauren Oliver's but has Maggie Stiefvater's descriptive flow pattern. Overall, Under the Never Sky is not one to be missed and is a great dystopian love story with a very hopeful ending. I look forward to finding out more about the world under the never sky and about Perry and Aria's adventures in it. I am very eager for Through the Ever Night. Finally words to Veronica Rossi, well done, well done.