Here's the summary from Goodreads: 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.
What I Liked: 1) Aria. I thought Aria was a great example of character development, and of an author being in tune with reality and knowing how certain age groups of kids would and wouldn't act. I have pretty much accepted the fact that everyone thinks something different when it comes to writing teens, but my thoughts seem to be in line with Miz Rossi's when it comes to Aria. In addition to her being written so realistically, I just liked her. She was the kind of person I would be friends with. 2) Perry. How to describe Perry...well, he's older, not by much, but older than Aria, but he's been forced into a much more mature role because of his lifestyle. Out in the wild he's had to grow up much faster and learn how to survive of his own volition. But just when you think he's so tough that he just has no emotions, you get to see him with his nephew. That's when Perry's squishy insides start showing. I loved both parts of him equally, and thought that (because it's pretty obvious) he and Aria complement each other nicely (although it takes them a while to figure it out). 3) The descriptions. I'm a very visual reader, I think we've covered that pretty well in the year and a half you and I have been discussing books. So naturally I love when a world I'm dropped into is described with a vividness that puts you right there in the middle of it. Veronica Rossi managed to do that in a vast place such as the outer wasteland where Aria and Perry are roaming. You experience every terrain change, every awkward or maddening silence between Aria and Perry, it's all described so perfectly that you could almost be a third wheel on their journey. 4) The five senses are a very important part of this book, and in going back to what I said about the descriptions, you can get so deep into the story that you feel like your senses are engaged too. I found myself straining to listen for what Aria was hearing, or to see what Perry saw. Truly awesome writing here.
What I Didn't Like: I mention this only because I actually listened to the audiobook instead of reading it, but I thought the narrator was a poor choice. I have no idea who she was or how old she was, but she sounded like she could be a grandma, trying to be a teenager. It bothered me how disconnected her voice was from the person that Aria was. Other than that, I have no complaints about the actual story.
Overall Thoughts: Part of me is bummed that it took me so long to read this book, because I could have enjoyed it a lot sooner. But at the same time, I don't have to wait as long to get the next part of Aria and Perry's story, since the next book comes out in less than a month! Seriously, Under the Never Sky has all the elements I love about books: great characters, fascinating plot, and details that pull you deep into their world. If you are late to this party (like me!) and haven't gotten around to reading this one yet, I highly, highly recommend it. I'm now officially counting the days until the release of the next book, Through The Ever Night, set to release Jan. 8th, 2013!
My Rating: 5 shots