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Book Club Kits: Under the Never Sky

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Book Summary

Aria has lived her whole life in the protected dome of Reverie. Her entire world confined to its spaces, she's never thought to dream of what lies beyond its doors. So when her mother goes missing, Aria knows her chances of surviving in the outer wasteland long enough to find her are slim.

Then Aria meets an outsider named Perry. He's searching for someone too. He's also wild - a savage - but might be her best hope at staying alive.

If they can survive, they are each other's best hope for finding answers.


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Discussion Questions

1.      Why does Aria break into the Ag 6 with Soren and the others?

2.      Paisley seems to find having her smarteye device turned off to be very disconcerting. What does that tell you about the people who live in Reverie?

3.      What advantages would there be to living in a world with smarteyes and realms? What would the disadvantages be? Do you think the author is making a statement about our use of technology?

4.      Why does Perry break into Ag 6? Why does he intervene to save Aria?

5.      What are the main differences between Moles and Savages? Are they similar in any ways?

6.      What is a Scire? Why does Aria become so angry when she finds out that Perry is a Scire?

7.      If you could be a Scire, which sense would you want to posess?

8.      How is the outside different from Aria’s expectations? Do any of the stories she was told turn out to be true?

9.      How does Aria change during her time outside? Does time spent with Aria change Perry in any way?

10.  The people who live in the Pods are genetically engineered to be healthier and more physically attractive. Do you think that would be a completely desirable environment? What could be the drawbacks of seeking genetic "perfection"

11.  Do you believe that the artwork and furniture in Delphi is “real?” If so, how did Marron acquire it?

12.  Why did Aria’s mother use outsider DNA to create Aria? What advantages does her half-blood status give her on the Outside?

13.  Should Perry continue to search for Talon, or is he better off in Reverie?

14.  Why does Aria agree to help Hess by searching for the Still Blue? If she finds it, do you think she will really take that information back to Hess? Why or why not?

15.  What do you think the future holds for Perry and Aria?

About the Author

Veronica Rossi is the author of post-apocalyptic fiction for young adults. Her debut novel, UNDER THE NEVER SKY, is the first in a trilogy. Released in January 2012, it was deemed one of the Best Books of Year by School Library Journal. The second book in the trilogy, THROUGH THE EVER NIGHT, debuted in January on the NY Times and USA Today Best Seller Lists. The final book in the series, INTO THE STILL BLUE, is expected to release January 2014.

Foreign rights to the UNDER THE NEVER SKY trilogy have sold in over twenty-five territories to date and film rights have been optioned by Warner Bros.

She completed undergraduate studies at UCLA and then went on to study fine art at the California College of the Arts in San Francisco. She lives in Northern California with her husband and two sons. When not writing, she enjoys reading, painting, and counting down the minutes until she can get back to making up stories about imaginary people. 


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