Under the Never Sky by Veronica Rossi
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Since she'd been on the outside, she'd survived an Aether storm, she'd had a knife held to her throat, and she'd seen men murdered. This was worse.
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.
1. Under the Never Sky is your debut novel, can you tell us a little about it?
Sure! It's a post-apocalyptic story, and also a romance. The story is about Aria, a teenager from a very modern society, technologically integrated society. When she's thrown out of her home into the outer wasteland, she meets Perry, who comes from a very harsh, primitive world that's the complete opposite of hers. They embark on a quest in which they must overcome their differences in order to survive.
2. Under the Never Sky definitely falls into "dystopian" genre, which is my favorite and has become incredibly popular lately. What are some of your favorite dystopian books? What do you find the most fascinating about them? What inspired you to write a dystopian novel?
If you'll allow me to include a post-apocalyptic title in the mix, I'd say my favorites are THE ROAD by Cormac McCarthy, THE HUNGER GAMES Trilogy, by Susanne Collins, and THE GIVER by Lois Lowry. There are so many great ones, though! It's so hard to narrow down. I love this genre because it's entertaining, but it also inspires thought. We're able to think about the consequences of our current actions through these stories. To me, that makes the reading experience rich and satisfying, which is why I chose to write in the genre!
3. Who was the hardest character for you to write, and who was your favorite character to write?
Cinder was the toughest character because I went back and forth on his age. Once I figured that out, he clicked into place. It's too difficult to choose a favorite character to write, but I will say that Roar is always fun!
4. If you couldn't be an author, what other career would you like to have?
I'd love to produce movies. I'm such a sucker for the creative process, and for stories. I think it would be amazing to see the production of a movie through.
5. What authors have inspired you the most?
I was just talking about this today! Again, so many, but Kristin Cashore and MT Anderson are two of my favorites. They're very different in style, but I find both utterly brilliant. (BITTERBLUE! Sorry I had to!!!)
Thanks so much for having me, Anna!
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