Is it strange that I completely agree with the negative reviews and yet I rated it entirely the opposite?
And here peeps is another case of reasons-be-damned because I liked this book. Yes, yes, there are things here that I normally would have complained and questioned (did too much science disregard the knowledge of human physiology, Aria?) but I discounted logic because hey, it worked!! (if you didn’t think too much about it though). I think the author crafted this one with reader’s enjoyment in mind above anything else. I’m not saying others are not but Ms. Rossi’s Under the Never Sky world is vividly simple so it was easy for readers like me to understand. I just recently read Pure and in comparison, Pure has amazing but heavy description so it was disorienting to grasp. While I do agree with others that some technical aspects of the world are kinda neglected to discuss or some parts lacks originality (really? the eye equipment for pseudo realms was overly done already). In the end, I didn’t mind it at all. I have a clear vision of the world, thanks to its simplicity, it made it easy for me to follow. I also like the idea of Pods and the outside world. A mesh of science and somehow barbaric (?) nature (sorry lack of term, help will greatly appreciated) with cannibals, tribe and other concept of the wild. But not prehistoric though, haha. In short, I liked the idea.
And for that everything for me just falls into place.
I’m a character person. I wouldn’t mind if some part of the books failed to impress me but an interesting characters is a game changer—a deciding factor on how I score it. Frankly, I can give a high rating for a book that has appealing characters in any given day than a well executed idea with bland characters. That said, it really helped me to fully enjoy this book because the characters are great. Not just the two main leads Aria and Perry; I also like other supporting characters like Talon, Cinder and especially Roar. Roar and Perry left a big impression on me among them. I don’t know why that at some point I find them stereotypical and yet they still have a character of their own. They have their own identity. Perry is Perry. Roar is Roar. Even Aria while sometimes infuriated me—for the lack of common sense (and some symptoms of TSTL) I still end up liking her. They stand out to me; they stick to what they’re supposed to be.
Ah the romance? What can I say about it? Hmm… it was ok. While I have mentioned it plenty of times that romance is one of my requirements, shocking as it is, I would have preferred if Aria and Perry didn’t fall for each other—yet. I think Perry’s mission was really interesting enough, as well the dynamics of the characters to glue readers till the end. She can leave a sort of breadcrumb trail for readers to anticipate a blooming romance. So instead of establishing already their romantic relationship, I might have liked it if she allocated it into other things—say, developing the characters more. Or the world. But that is just a tiny complaint but outcome was still all right regardless.
I really struggle with closing a review so here’s the thing, the cut short version—I liked it. 😉 *nods, nods*