According to the Mayan calendar one of two things are going to happen this year. Either the world will end fiery, or a new brave age will begin. As I have always been one that leans towards the dramatics, I am putting my money on a fiery death. I think we should have fun until we all burn like the fires of Pompeii. Intro Apocalypse Imminent: A 12 month celebration with today’s hottest dystopia/post apocalyptic authors. These transmedia interviews/stories will appear here on the website the first day of every month. I hope you enjoy them.
March- Veronica Rossi
VERONICA ROSSI was born in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Growing up, she lived in several countries and cities around the world, finally settling in Northern California with her husband and two sons. She completed undergraduate studies at UCLA and then went on to study fine art at the California College of the Arts in San Francisco. When not writing or painting, she chases after her boys, who make her laugh every day, and who teach her about love that’s a million gazillion times bigger than the ocean. UNDER THE NEVER SKY is her first novel.
Foreign rights have sold in over twenty-five territories to date and film rights have been optioned by Warner Bros.
Apocalyptic Fun – Veronica answers as Perry from Under the Never Sky:
Pam: What was your apocalypse, and how did those who survived rebuild?
Veronica: It’s called the Unity, and it happened about three hundred years ago, when Aether corroded the atmosphere and everything changed. We’re not like Dwellers. On the outside, where I live, you survive by make good decisions and by luck.
Pam: Now that you are on the mend, what is responsible for taking the most lives? What is the biggest hardship?
Veronica: It’s always Aether. Our biggest problem is growing food, because we never know when our farmland will go up during an Aether storm.
Pam: What do people do for fun?
Veronica: Same thing you do, I think. We have parties. Music. Friends. I like to hunt. If I’m with Roar—he’s my best friend–it doesn’t matter what we do. (shrugs) It’s always fun.
Pam: Who is in power?
Veronica: (smiles) Depends who you ask. Out here, we live in tribes. Each has it’s own leader, called a Blood Lord. Inside the Pods, the Dwellers have their own leaders.
Pam: Are there oppositions to the new system.
Veronica: It’s all opposition. Every tribe—every person—is just trying to stay safe and fed. It’s…. it’s survival.
Pam: Do you have a plan to further your cause?
Veronica: Definitely. I’m going to get my tribe to safety. To a place where there’s no Aether.
Pam: Do you remember the world before the apocalypse?
Veronica: It was a long time before I was around, but I’ve seen pictures in books and heard stories. And we have things that were made then. Like this. (pats knee) This came from a car, I think. Maybe from a seat. It’s tough and flexible and keeps your knees from wearing thin. We find stuff like this or buy it from traders.
Pam: What is the most coveted resource, why is it rare?
Veronica: Tough one. I was going to say food, but I’ll say people instead. Both are rare.
Pam: How do you want your society to end up?
Veronica: Safe. Fed. Under clear blue skies.
Author’s Note: Hi, Pam! Thanks for hosting Perry on your blog! I wanted to give fans a little heads-up. I have a surprise coming in a couple of weeks for anyone who wants to see Perry and Aria. That’s all I can say for now, but stay tuned!
So Veronica has a surprise (I’m dying to know!) and I have a giveaway. Read the article and leave a comment and you are automagically entered to win.
Last night at Rakestraw Books in Danville California, bookish people from Northern California to Nevada converged to say a big congratulations to Veronica Rossi on her book Under the Never Sky. There was champagne and a special pinot noir named Roar. If you’ve read the book now you know Veronica’s inspiration in naming that certain character. The rest of the story will be told in pictures.
Sophie from Mundie Moms
Heather Petty with UtNS
Patricia and Jaime from Two Chicks on Books
Tracy Clark and Julie Dillard
Talia Vance (Silver) and Katie Longshore (Gilt)
Veronica talking about her book
Temoca Dixon, Tracy Clark, Naomi Canale, Heather Petty and Ellen Hopkins
The spread at the after party
The best pic I took all night was of Ellen on my iPhone
Nancy from Ravenous Reader and I at the after party
Patricia’s daughter in her Beautiful Creatures t-shirt
From Hicklebee’s: 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.
In her enthralling debut, Veronica Rossi sends readers on an unforgettable adventure set in a world brimming with harshness and beauty.
Veronica Rossi delights with her debut Under the Never Sky. I wouldn’t say it is a quick read, but every moment is exceptional.
Firstly Rossi creates immediate strife by introducing Aria in desperate need to contact her mother. In her need to find out if her mother is okay Aria makes some really bad decisions, but they are decisions I also would have made in her circumstances. In a disabled part of the bubble Aria lives in the boy she wants to use to get info on her mom starts a real fire, to see what it is like. Things burn up faster than anyone could have imagined and Aria is barely saved by a savage outsider.
What Rossi does well is pit two separate societies against each other. You have the pampered folk who live in the domes who spend most of their time utilizing virtual reality simulations to stave off boredom and opposed to that the people who live outside of the bones who are quite savage with their genetic enhancements from living with the aether and their sharp teeth. The outsiders live more like intelligent cavemen in tribes.
Another thing I absolutely adored is that we get to understand what happened before the apocalypse! YAY information! Aether storms tore through (the world?) America and the storms killed. Acid like rain and other weather anomalies drove people inside the domes and drove the outsiders to live in tribes with a strange leader system.
The characters were believable even when not likable and I enjoyed the fact that the secondary characters had a layer of personality that you rarely see in YA fiction. They were not completely flat and had motives, love, and quirks of their own. Aria and Peregrine are very well written and I enjoyed their conversations, quirks, decision making skills and their humor.
The plot moves at a good pace and enough information is given in tastes to keep you coming back for more delicious plot.
All in all I was impressed with this debut and the fact that it strays from the cookie cutter dystopia that I have been reading lately. I am anticipating learning more about Perry, Aria and their world.
If you are in the San Francisco Bay Area, come to Veronica’s launch party at Rakestraw Books on Saturday January 7th at 4pm.