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Under The Never Sky- Veronica Rossi

Publisher: HarperCollins

Pub. Date: February 7th 2012

Pages: 336

Summary: In a post-apocalyptic world Aria has been kicked out of her protected world of Reverie for a crime she didn’t commit, and into a world she has been told death in inevitable. Perry has been exiled from his tribe and the two band together, despite their mutal distrust, in order to clear their names and find the love ones they’ve lost.

Under The Never Sky- you hit just short of the mark.

The world created in this book is inventive and intriguing. The Outside holding promises of cannibals, terrifying Aether storms, infection and disease. Or living in virtual worlds in the Pods whilst the reality is grey and sinister.

I loved how it was more science fiction but still had fantasy aspects involved such as the “scires” and ‘seers’. But even these were presented in such a way that it was truly believeable, said to be mutations caused by the Aether.

I have to admit it took me a little while to adjust to the two seperate worlds you are thrust into through the view points of Aria and Perry. But after the first couple of chapters and you’ve uncovered the basics, it was pretty easy going.

I wasn’t paticularly drawn to Aria or Perry in the beginning but as the story went on I enjoyed them more, however they didn’t knock me out with their awesomeness- I actually found myself liking Roar alot and Perry’s sister Liv who sounded pretty badass. But Aria and Perry’s romance was very believeable, how it was formed over shared experiences instead of the whole awful YA ‘insta-love’.

Rossi’s writing style was simple and to the point, exactly what is needed for this type of story, but at times it was also poetic which, when it happened, was beautiful. She is also good at creating a page turner, the constant suspense that me turning pages well past midnight.

However some events that happened in the books didn’t lead anywhere in particular and it didn’t flow quite as well as I would have liked in certain parts of the book. Plus thinking back, there are only 2 or 3 action packed events that really stood out to me – such as the whole fire scene at the beginning and the Aether storm, so I would have liked slightly more action.

Overall I did enjoy this book but it wasn’t somethings I’m going to be shouting about on the hill tops.

** 4 STARS **

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Legend by Marie Lu

Publisher: Puffin (UK)
Pub.Date: 2nd February 2012 (UK)
Pages: 304 (UK)

Summary: Set in futuristic Los Angeles, the United States is now split into two factions at war: the Republic and the Colonies. June is the government’s golden girl and part of the Republic’s military. After her brother is killed whilst trying to capture Day, the Republic’s most wanted criminal, she makes it her mission to hunt him down and avenge her brother’s death.

 

I’m a big fan of dystopian fiction and as soon as I heard about this one I couldn’t wait to get my hands on it.

Don’t be mistaken the storyline of Legend is not unique, but the events and how it’s told give it an original spin that make it very much enjoyable.

I truly loved both Day and June and the relationships between all the different characters. Day the classic Robin Hood type hero, and June the strong, determined heroine both brave and highly intelligent.They had a good dynamic, and built a strong connection which I loved (though I did feel slight “insta-love” syndrome) and I am interested in watching them grow as characters.

The dual narratives offer two very different perspectives on the same story making it much more interesting and I really think this story couldn’t have been told in any other way, this is what makes this story stand out among many.

However I did feel the plots were slightly too simple and I never felt surprised at how things turned out, I would have liked some more twists and turns to keep me on my toes.

Another problem was that I personally didn’t have as much information as I would have liked about the futuristic world, in a sense that I never felt like I truly understood the situation of the country as well as I’d like to. I felt as if there was information dropped here and there, where as I would have like a whole over view of the districts and the colonies in their somewhere- but that might just be me being on organisation addict.

Overall I think fellow classic dystopia fans who enjoy books such as The Hunger Games and Divergent will like it, and it can be equally enjoyed by both guys and girls. This is set to be part of a trilogy and have high hopes for the next installment. definitely one to check out!

**4 STARS**

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