Narrator: Bernadette Dunne Flagler
Series: Under The Never Sky #1
Published by Harper Collins on January 3, 2012
Genres: Young Adult, Post-Apocalyptic
Exiled from her home, the enclosed city of Reverie, Aria knows her chances of surviving in the outer wasteland--known as The Death Shop--are slim. If the cannibals don't get her, the violent, electrified energy storms will. She's been taught that the very air she breathes can kill her. Then Aria meets an Outsider named Perry. He's wild--a savage--and her only hope of staying alive.
A hunter for his tribe in a merciless landscape, Perry views Aria as sheltered and fragile--everything he would expect from a Dweller. But he needs Aria's help too; she alone holds the key to his redemption. Opposites in nearly every way, Aria and Perry must accept each other to survive. Their unlikely alliance forges a bond that will determine the fate of all who live under the never sky
I wasn’t really sure what to expect when I started this audiobook, but what I found was a wonderfully unique story that I really loved. The post-apocalyptic world that Veronica Rossi created was both terrifying and very creative. Even after Aria is kicked out of Reverie, the physical and emotional differences between Outsiders and Dwellers is described so well that, as a reader/listener, I felt immediately involved in the world of the book. Aria’s transformation into a survivor and Perry’s slow acceptance of her was integrated into a story that had a lot of twists and turns, as well as cannibals, strange talents and deadly storms. I am sad that I didn’t listen to his book sooner, but at least I don’t have to wait so long for book two!
The narration was good. Since this book shifts perspectives back and forth between Aria and Perry, the narrator had to find a different voice for almost every chapter. Overall, it worked, although there were times when I did have a bit of trouble telling the difference between make and female voices or between Perry and Roar. There is no doubt, though, that the reading was emotionally done and I really felt the tension during the many action scenes. I listened to much of this book while I was traveling and it definitely helped me pass the time while waiting in the airport. I enjoyed this audiobook very much and if you haven’t read Under The Never Sky, I definitely recommend giving it a listen!