Under the Never Sky

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Under the Never Sky
Book cover of the novel, "Under the Never Sky", by Veronica Rossi.jpg
Cover of the First Edition
AuthorVeronica Rossi
CountryUnited States
GenreYoung adult/
Science Fiction/
Publication date
January 30, 2012
Media typePrint (hardback)
Followed byThrough the Ever Night

Under the Never Sky is a 2012 young adult debut novel by Veronica Rossi and is the first in a trilogy. The book follows two teens, a girl that has always lived within a protected city and a boy who is both a Night Seer and a Scire, as they attempt to survive. Film rights to the trilogy have been optioned by Warner Brothers Studios,[1] with the novel being sold in more than 25 international markets. Book 2 of the trilogy, Through the Ever Night, was released in the United States on January 8, 2013 and became both a New York Times and a USA Today Best Seller before the month was over.[2] The final installment, Into the Still Blue, was released January 28, 2014 however the final novel did not receive as much praise as the preceding books.[3]

Plot summary[edit]

Under the Never Sky follows the character of Aria, a 17-year-old girl who has been exiled from Reverie, the domed city in a dystopian future 300 years after a major catastrophe has decimated the Earth. Aria was banished from her home when she is blamed for starting a fire that took the lives of her best friend and two others. This punishment means almost certain death: outside of her Pod and other similar Pods where the technologically advanced dwell, is a wasteland known as the Death Shop. It's a place known to be filled with cannibals and terrible Aether storms; even the air can kill you. However, she soon discovers that she can breathe the outside air without fatal harm, though she has little other means of surviving in the savage land. Then she meets an Outsider named Perry, Aria eventually realizes that he is her only chance for survival. Despite his reluctance to help a sheltered girl from Reverie, Perry knows that Aria has the potential to help him redeem himself. The two must learn how to work together if they are to survive in this new dangerous world.


Aria- seventeen-year-old "dweller" who is banished from her home and sent out into the outside world.

Peregrine (Perry)- an eighteen-year-old boy who lives in one of the tribes that inhabit the outside world. .

Roar- also a member of Perry's tribe as well as his best friend. Was in a relationship with Olivia before she left.

Olivia (Liv)- Perry's sister, is in a relationship with Roar before she is married off to the leader of another tribe in return for food.[4]


Through the ever night- the second installment in Veronica Rossi's book series.

Into the still blue- the third installment of the series.


Veronica Rossi has also expanded the world of Under the Never Sky into two other stories, Roar and Liv and Brooke, both focus on the respective characters mentioned in their titles and further develops those characters.


Critical reception for Under the Never Sky has been positive.[5] Common elements of the novel that received praise were the novel's "hopeful ending" and "smooth prose".[6][7][8]


Though there has been no official announcement of the book being adapted into a film, Veronica Rossi posted to her fan page that a "terrific production company" has the rights to the film and is working on a script, however there has been no real news since march of 2016.


  1. ^ "Danville author's trilogy could be the next big Young Adult hit". Contra Costa. Feb 2, 2011. Retrieved 19 October 2012.
  2. ^ "Rossi's YA Dystopian Romance Lands at Warner Brothers". Publishers Weekly. Retrieved 19 October 2012.
  3. ^ "Into the Still Blue (Under the Never Sky, #3)". Goodreads. Retrieved 2016-10-20.
  4. ^ "Character Guide: UNDER THE NEVER SKY - Epic Reads Blog". Epic Reads Blog. 2014-01-23. Retrieved 2016-10-13.
  5. ^ "Review: Under the Never Sky". Booklist. Retrieved 19 October 2012.
  6. ^ "Review: Under the Never Sky". Kirkus Reviews. Retrieved 19 October 2012.
  7. ^ "Under the Never Sky". School Library Journal. Retrieved 19 October 2012.
  8. ^ Champion, Beth. "Galley Talk: 'Under the Never Sky'". Publishers Weekly. Retrieved 19 October 2012.

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