The YA section may be flooded with trilogies, but honestly, I sort of love them. It gives readers more of the characters and the world that the author has crafted, yet is still a manageable amount of reading. There’s no need to wait years and years for the series to conclude (like Harry Potter), yet there’s not the let-down of a stand-alone book.
If you’ve enjoyed other dystopian trilogies such as The Hunger Games, Divergent, and Matched, I’ve got another reading recommendation for you: Veronica Rossi’s Under the Never Sky. The books in the series are Under the Never Sky, Through the Ever Night, and Into the Still Blue. I read all three books in under a week and a half. I was caught up in the story and wanted to know what would happen to the characters. One night, I read 100 pages in bed before I decided I should put the book down and get some sleep!
The first book in the series introduces readers to Aria, a teenager living in a pod city called Reverie. She has never been outside because the Aether storms (violent, lightning-like storms) are too dangerous. Instead, she escapes to a virtual world. Her perfect, protected world suddenly collapses one evening when she and her friends venture to a powerless pod. Aria’s disobedience to the rules get her tossed out of Reverie. Luckily, she meets an Outsider named Perry who helps her survive the outer wasteland. Perry is a hunter for his tribe, and his life could not be more different from Aria’s. While Aria has lived with lots of technology and medical advances, Perry lives simply. His tribe has been living off the land, but now the Aether storms are destroying their farmlands and resources. Aria and Perry must find a way to work together to make sure the human race survives.
Why did I enjoy the series so much?
- Interesting Characters – The book has two narrators, Perry and Aria. While the dual narrators didn’t work for me in Allegiant, Rossi successfully voices two very different characters. You’ll find yourself caring about each of the narrators, as well as many of the other characters in the book.
- Believable World – The Aether storms reminded me a bit of the sun flares in The Maze Runner series, but weren’t quite as extreme. With all the recent weather-related tragedies happening around the world: typhoons, hurricanes, flooding, volcanoes—I can buy the idea that lightning storms could make life difficult for people. I can also buy into the idea that some people would look to technology to keep them safe, and that others would not be as lucky.
- Satisfying Ending – I hate it when I finish up a book and the ending feels incomplete, goes off topic, or feels forced. Rossi did a great job of wrapping up the series in a way that felt believable and satisfying.
Have you read the Under the Never Sky trilogy? What did you think of it?
If not, how do you feel about trilogies?