Series: Under the Never Sky #1
Cover: It’s pretty, but kind of reminds me of a lot of YA right now.
Characters: Boring, gullible, and not anyone I would be friends with.
Tagline: A Million Ways to Die. One Way to Live.
Rating: 1 out of 5 stars
Worth the read? Not at all. There is much better dystopian YA our there.
From the Cover:
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 energy storms will. 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 come together to survive. Their unlikely alliance forges a bond that will determine the fate of all who live under the never sky.
The Short & Sweet of It: I have heard so many good things about this book, and the opportunity to read it as part of a read-along with Readers in Wonderland came along and I jumped at it. I have not been so disappointed in a book in a long time. In fact, I really did not want to write such a sad review, but I feel it is fair to chronicle my experience along with the rest of those in the book circle.
First off, the characters were all so very shallow. Friends are killed right in front of them and they are just like ‘Eh.’ Not a normal reaction- in any world. Then, there is the gullible nature of the leading lady Aria. She is led through so much just because others tell her it will take her to her mother, and she blindly believes everyone. As for Perry, well, he’s Perry. The oh-so-wrong guy from the wrong side of the tracks. Rugged and tough and seen it all guy swoops in to save poor, fragile, sheltered, Aria. I’m not saying I didn’t like Perry, but the stereotype could not have hit the reader over the head any more.
Next, the writing was just not for me. It did not evoke any feeling or draw me into the world at all. In fact, I hate to admit, that about halfway through I began to skim and just read the dialog- and managed to not miss anything along the way. With so much amazing writing and world building within YA right now, there really is no need to squander time on fluff pieces like this. I guess I just like more meat to my story. Something to make a romance have a point, if there must be a romantic entanglement. Something that makes me want more.
Sure, there was romance, as dull and stereotypical as it was. There was adventure, albeit obvious and unexciting. There was a leading lady, who I actually was found myself hoping she may just get lost in the desert. This is one where I think the movie will actually be better. It has to be. Harsh? Perhaps. I really wanted to like this one. I did. But, in the end (and the beginning and middle), I just could not do it.
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