Wednesday, 23 December 2015

Under the Never Sky by Veronica Rossi

Under the Never Sky (Under the Never Sky, #1)Under the Never Sky by Veronica Rossi

My rating: 2 of 5 stars

'That can't be right,' she said. 'My mother sent me a message.'

Ever since I started watching Pretty Little Liars, I have a jejune and irrational interest to read stories with a protagonist named 'Aria'. The reason behind this is not justified, but I'm a stalker for certain names and people. I didn't realise that a character was named Aria until after I downloaded the ebook. The book then caught my attention when I learned that another character was named 'Peregrine' - as in Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children. Albeit being recommended the book on Goodreads and finding it on a ebook share website, it was the name of the characters which made me want to read it.

'We have each other, Aria.'

Aria has always cared for her mother. One day, her mother goes missing, and Aria does not know what to do. Similarly, Perry's brother is in a lot of pain after his wife's death, but the burden shifts to Perry when his nephew gets kidnapped. Aria and Perry meet, and together set out in search of their lost ones.

But the worst death in the Death Shop, she decided, was rotting alone.

I have both positive as well as negative points to say about this book. After reading this book and a little bit of assumption, I can say that the plot sounds intriguing to me. I think I know what the author is trying to convey, but I feel it isn't successful; the message has failed to see sunlight. It is cryptic and requires more development, and not all details have been clearly delineated. The plot is nice, but not well developed.

However, I liked her writing style. Contrary to my previous claim that the plot and details has not been well described, the author certainly has the potential to write well. She has described everything else very well
Aria tried to move. Her limbs felt weighted and pulled, like a magnet held her down. It took all her concentration to bring her game toward her face. She scared herself, not recognising the gloves over her fingers or the emptiness around her left eye.
But, there were too many unwanted characters. They seemed to make things interesting in a way, but they have simultaneously made the story monotonous. Some characters would definitely not be missed if sent out. The Consul, for instance, did not particularly deserve the spotlight
'Take good care of her,' Consul Hess said to the Guardians.
'Get well, Aria.'
'Thank you, Consul Hess.'
He smiled. 'No need to thank me. It's the least I could do after all you've been through.'

On the other hand, I liked the depth and meaning of numerous dialogues. Some deal with true facts of life; that the 'real world' is not as simple as waking up, brushing your teeth, having a bath, eating breakfast, doing your usual routine, eating dinner, going to bed and waking up to do the same. It screams that life is much more than the monotonous routine some mistake. There dialogues sometimes teach what to do, how to do, when to do, where to go, whom to trust.

I pretty much have a problem with the vagueness and lack of complexity, but it is a piquant adventure. Although certain details are out of focus, I didn't feel like abandoning the book; I wanted to read the next page.

Moving on the characters, both the protagonists are not developed the way I like, but they aren't bad: the characters are a mediocre. However, Aria and Peregrine have a definite history, though both their personalities are slightly cryptic.

Aria apparently is good at singing. I thought of her as a very caring person. Her mother, Levina, attracts all of Aria's attention. Aria is mostly worried and concerned about her mother, but that does not mean she does not attend to her own problems.

Peregrine is a man with a huge burden. His brother's wife passed away, and taking care of his nephew isn't a very pleasant task. When things get messed up, Perry finds himself searching for his nephew day and night. Although this is supposed to be his brother's problem, the author makes us feel that is is Perry's
Vale's green eyes settled on Perry's swollen cheek. 'Little brother, if you saw yourself, you'd know why I don't believe that.'
Both these characters have their own problems, but both sort of correspond with each other. They are not badly written, but I like it when I can talk more about them in my review - certainly more than this. I'd like to know more about their history, their interests, their habits, their strengths and weaknesses: I'd like them to be more complex. Right now, they sound more like a minor character in a young-adult book.

These factors were the reason I rated this book only 2.5 stars. I honestly expected more, but this book is just okay. I wouldn't tell anyone to not read it, but I wouldn't recommend it to every person I meet.

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