Under the Never Sky by Veronica Rossi
Reviewed by: Bethany Brownfield, Teen Advisory Board
Genre: Science Fiction, Romance
Suggested Age: Teens
What is the book about?: In this futuristic world, the human population is divided into two groups: those who live in pod communities, and those who don’t. The pod-dwellers enjoy a posh life, completely protected from outside influence. They use a cutting edge technological device called a “smarteye” that allows them to virtually explore every “realm” imaginable. The outsiders live day to day, with none of the new technology of the pod-dwellers and none of the same protection from weather. The outside world is plagued with electrically charged storms called “Aether”, which pose a great danger to the outsiders. The main character, Aria, is a pod-dweller who begins to discover new things about the world she lives in, as well as new things about herself. But all her discoveries come with a price.
My review: This is the first book of a trilogy, so make sure to check out the other books once you have finished this one. Readers should be prepared for the numerous plot twists and the mildly frustrating characters. However, I found the futuristic aspect of this story very intriguing. I also thought it was interesting that the pods as a utopian society contrasted so severely with the outside world and its culture. Many connections can be drawn between the worlds in this book and the world that we live in today. Anyone who is interested in futuristic stories with a strong romantic aspect should definitely give this book a shot.
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