At the urging of my friend (and former boss) Monica, I picked up Under the Never Sky from the local library. It follows our main character Aria as she gets unceremoniously exiled from her futuristic dome/home Reverie. She’s in fear for her life, as she’s been taught that only cannibals and ether storms exist in the barren wasteland that is the “Death Shop.”
But when she meets Perry, a Savage, and learns that the politicians may not have been straightforward with the population of Reverie, she sets out on a quest to find her missing mother and learn the truth about herself.
It reminded me very much of an extremely watered-down version of Biting the Sun by Tanith Lee. Similar futuristic setting, similar scary desert, similar unexpected results.
I honestly can’t say I was very thrilled by UTNS, simply because it seemed too generically dystopian teen. I didn’t glean anything new from it and I had a hard time staying focused on the plot. None of the characters really came alive for me and I still haven’t decided if I’ll be continuing with the series… Beautiful cover art, generic story.
I think I’m just sick of everyone trying to crank out the next Hunger Games and SERIOUSLY falling short…
2.5 stars of 5