What if you could go to Hogwarts without ever having to leave your room? What if you could go to Paris, the moon, the 1920’s, ANYWHERE without ever leaving the comfort of your own, safe, bubble? That life is a reality for Aria in Veronica Rossi’s new book Under The Never Sky. Aria lives in a society which, threatened by disease and other outside threats, no longer leaves the safety of a carefully maintained bubble. Instead, her people remain in their “Chamber of Secrets.” They use the “magic” of technology to literally plug in to a new ‘realm’ through a device called a smartscreen. Through its use, Aria, can be transported to any place, during any time, she wants wants faster than you can aparate.
Aria has ‘seen’ the world but she has never truly been outside. At least, not until a disaterous event causes her to be outcast into the real world, known only as the “death shop” to her people. While this may sound like the place Death Eaters go for groceries, it is actually referring to the rest of the world outside of Aria’s safe bubbles, a world which has struggled to survive. Dark Marks might be the most terrifying thing you could see in the sky but in Under The Never Sky the real threat is aether, lightning-esque energy that blasts from the sky in deathly storms.
While struggling to survive Aria meets Perry, an ‘outsider’ with his own special brand of magic. Magic, which has recently led him into trouble. Aria and Perry are as alike as Slytherins and Hufflepuffs but they both have one goal: redemption. They seek the same endgame and the only way to reach it is to travel across the out wasteland to find the answers they seek.
Under the Never Sky exposes the reader to a different type of magic. It is currently in bookstores now.