Today’s Friday Reading features an excellent young adult dystopian that blends sci-fi, fantasy, adventure, and romance.
I’d heard exciting things about Veronica Rossi’s Under the Never Sky since its release and finally got around to reading the first two books (Under the Never Sky | Through the Ever Night) at the end of 2013. It was one of the few YAs that earned a spot on my top reads of the year.
This is a sophisticated coming-of-age story featuring two main protagonists, Aria and Perry. I greatly appreciated the lovely, subtle beauty to the writing. Since the world is both wild and harsh, fresh and imaginative, the restrained hand Rossi takes with the prose serves the story well. Aria and Perry are well-rounded protagonists, the romance unfurls elegantly, and there is a strong cast of fully-realized supporting characters.
Another thing I enjoyed was how Rossi doesn’t spoon-feed the Reader information about the world, something I see often in YA fantasy. Information is gradually revealed
as we uncover a new layer to each character, seamlessly tying all the elements together into a highly immersive experience.
The story is not as action-packed as other YA dystopians but the rich world-building and nuanced depth in both text and characters make an indelible impression.
Since the final book in the trilogy, Into the Still Blue, is releasing Tuesday, January 28, today’s giveaway gives the winner the choice of receiving either Under the Never Sky (Book 1) or Through the Ever Night (Book 2). So if you haven’t read Book 2 yet, you can enter for a chance to win it. 🙂