Title: Roar and Liv
Author: Veronica Rossi
Genre: YA Dystopian
Series: Under the Never Sky (0.5)
Publication Date: October 30, 2013
Format: ebook, 68 Pages
ISBN-10: 0062239554 (Harper Teen)
ISBN-13: 978-0062239556 (Harper Teen)
Reviewed by: Kristie
Before Perry and Aria, there was Roar and Liv.
After a childhood spent wandering the borderlands, Roar finally feels like he has a home with the Tides. His best friend Perry is like a brother to him, and Perry’s sister, Liv, is the love of his life. But Perry and Liv’s unpredictable older brother, Vale, is the Blood Lord of the Tides, and he has never looked kindly on Roar and Liv’s union. Normally, Roar couldn’t care less about Vale’s opinion. But with food running low and conditions worsening every day, Vale’s leadership is more vital—and more brutal—than ever. Desperate to protect his tribe, Vale makes a decision that will shatter the life Roar knew and change the fate of the Tides forever.
Quick & Dirty: An emotional look into the love of Roar and Liv in this prequel short story.
Opening Sentence: I make my move when the tribe is asleep.
Roar and Liv is a quick supplemental story for readers who enjoyed the first book in the Under the Never Sky trilogy. This is a short novella set right before the events in Under the Never Sky. Roar and Liv are in love. They always figured they would be together even though they never really thought about marriage, until the day Liv’s brother Vale announces that she will marry a rival leader. This novella explores Roar’s feelings for Liv and even explains a bit of what Peregrine goes through with Vale as the ruler.
This is a fascinating novella to read for those who have read Under the Never Sky. It just fills in information about the village that Peregrine comes from and the journey to the northern tribe that they undergo before Liv disappears as explained in the first novel. Even though this is a prequel of sorts, I think this would be best read after Under the Never Sky to truly understand what the characters have gone through to get to the point they are at now. The timeline felt a little off to me but I don’t exactly remember how long Roar had been searching for Liv in Under the Never Sky when Peregrine and Aria met up with him.
Unlike Under the Never Sky, Roar and Liv, is told strictly through the first person of Roar. Whatever thoughts and feelings that Liv is having during this difficult time are not explained. But on the bright side, I really enjoyed Roar in Under the Never Sky and loved to have this little insight into his thoughts.
“Thank you for earlier,” I say, breaking our silence. What I really want to say is I’m sorry, but those words don’t seem to want to come out.
“’Course, Ro. Anytime.” His tone is casual, but I know he means it. “I’ll talk to Vale tomorrow. You know I’ll do everything I can.”
I nod. What I know is that he has to do everything he can. Vale would never listen to me—especially not after tonight. And Liv can’t marry someone else. It can’t happen.
“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.
Perry looks right at me. “What do you think we are?”
I turn to the sea and stare at it. I watch the waves until the tightness in my throat loosens and I’m breathing normally again. He’s right. We are family. I’m not terrified of what I could be losing in the future. I’m scared of losing what I already have.
Beside me, I hear the slosh of the bottle as Perry takes a drink. Minutes pass before he speaks again. When he does, he’s so quiet that I know the words aren’t really meant for me.
“You’re better than a brother,” he says.
Under the Never Sky Series:
0.5 Roar and Liv
3. Into the Still Blue (2014)
FTC Advisory: I purchased my own copy of Roar and Liv. No goody bags, sponsorships, “material connections,” or bribes were exchanged for my review.
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