And so, every Sunday for the foreseeable future, I would like to highlight short stories and novellas set in worlds I've already come to love and learn a little more about some of the secondary characters in my favorite novels. I'll be underscoring some of my favorite aspects of these short works of fiction, in addition to offering up a mini review of each work.
This week's featured short story is:
Author: Veronica Rossi
Series: Under the Never Sky, book #0.5 (prequel)
Publisher: Harper Teen
Publication Date: October 30, 2012
Source: purchased ebook
Purchase: Amazon | Barnes & Noble
If I wasn't already impatient for the release of Through the Ever Night so that I could return to Perry and Aria and the dangers of the Aether storms, I am now dying for the next book. I might even download the audio, just as a refresher before the next book's release in January and so that I can wallow in that world a little longer now that I've gotten a taste of it again.
I loved Roar's character in Under the Never Sky. He wasn't the complete opposite of Perry, but his entire demeanor was almost jovial compared to that of Perry, who seemed to carry the weight of the world on his shoulders. And all this, despite the fact that Roar has lost the one thing that matters most to him in this world: Liv.
I'll admit, I wasn't really sure what the relationship between Roar and Liv was just from reading Under the Never Sky. It was obvious that Roar loved her and cared for her more than he does anyone else, except maybe Perry. But we never got to see how Liv was with Roar...if she felt the same way. I got the sense that she ran away from her impending marriage and from Roar because maybe at 19, she wasn't sure what she wanted, and she was getting away while the getting was good. After reading this short story, I feel like I have a better handle on Liv. And on Roar. They both love each other and want to protect each other and will go to any lengths in order to do so. I fear there will be heartbreak involved.
Also, it was kind of awesome to see how Perry acted and interacted with others before his encounter with Aria. And seeing him with Vale...my heart hurts. These are brothers...they are family, and the animosity between them is almost palpable. Learning even more about Perry through Roar's eyes just makes me want to read the next book that much quicker so I can see him happy with Aria again. I know they have a lot of roadblocks ahead, but I'm optimistic.
This short story provided some great insight into the Tides and the bond between Roar, Liv, and Perry. I'm so anxious to return to this world. And that short two-chapter excerpt from Through the Ever Night did not help matters. If you wanted more of Roar in Under the Never Sky, I think you'll be pleasantly surprised with this novella.
"We were supposed to be brothers one day, Per. Real brothers...family." I don't know what I'm saying. The Luster is speaking for me. But I can't take the words back."
"This girl. She's all I see."
"My ambitions aren't grand. All I have ever wanted is to be there for the two people who mean everything to me. Maybe that's a small goal to others, but it's always felt like enough."
"I'll give her time time, but I won't give up. Ever."