Friday, June 7, 2013

Review #1506 Under the Never Sky by Veronica Rossi

Review: #1506
Book: Under the Never Sky
Author: Veronica Rossi
Rating: two stars (out of four)
Release date: Jan. 3, 2012
Pages: 374
Publisher: HarperCollins
Source: ALA 2012

Initial thoughts: Well, I'm afraid that even though the book kept me up late into the night reading the story, I just wasn't completely in love with this story like Divergent or Ship Breaker. It just had some elements that fell flat.

Review: Over all, this was a pretty dramatic and interesting read. I started it right after the slew of Dystopian books came out and I was definitely looking for something along those lines. Under the Never Sky offered an interesting take on society. I wasn’t sure how realistic it felt, but it didn’t bother me or get annoying. Although there were sections of the book that seemed a little out of place.

I found some of the romantic aspects of the story annoying. I wasn’t totally buying how the relationship between Aria and Perry. Okay, okay, okay, I have to stop real quick and just harp on Peregrine, ahem, Perry’s name. I could NOT get over how ridiculous the name PERRY was for a guy. I don’t know why, but it just struck me the completely wrong way and I almost couldn’t take him serious because his name was PERRY and he actually preferred to be called that. What? Hello? Really? I could not get over that. I don’t know why I had such a strong reaction. Crazy. Anyway.

At times I was annoyed with how the story progressed because it didn’t seem to follow a coherent structure. And even though I got there were things at work behind the idealistic society’s front and sinister things were afoot, I never had this compelling need to know what was going on or why things were so important. I kind of had a partway interest in finding stuff out and was more fascinated with the fact that Peregrine went by Perry. (I know, I know, I’m fixated on that. Sorry. I’ll stop now.) But even though I felt like there were obvious gaps and strange developments, it was still an engaging story and I read it from start to finish in a relatively fast time because I wanted to know how it ended. I’m not sure if I’ll read the sequel though.

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