Pub. Date: January 3rd 2012
Source: Publisher, Bought
Aria is a teenager in the enclosed city of Reverie. Like all Dwellers, she spends her time with friends in virtual environments, called Realms, accessed through an eyepiece called a Smarteye. Aria enjoys the Realms and the easy life in Reverie. When she is forced out of the pod for a crime she did not commit, she believes her death is imminent. The outside world is known as The Death Shop, with danger in every direction.
As an Outsider, Perry has always known hunger, vicious predators, and violent energy storms from the swirling electrified atmosphere called the Aether. A bit of an outcast even among his hunting tribe, Perry withstands these daily tests with his exceptional abilities, as he is gifted with powerful senses that enable him to scent danger, food and even human emotions.
They come together reluctantly, for Aria must depend on Perry, whom she considers a barbarian, to help her get back to Reverie, while Perry needs Aria to help unravel the mystery of his beloved nephew’s abduction by the Dwellers. Together they embark on a journey challenged as much by their prejudices as by encounters with cannibals and wolves. But to their surprise, Aria and Perry forge an unlikely love - one that will forever change the fate of all who live UNDER THE NEVER SKY.
I didn't really know what to expect from this book when I initially picked it up. The summary sounded good and I had read a lot of great reviews, but I didn't know if it would "do it" for me.
This book was fantastic. I loved every minute of it and stayed up all night reading it. Everything from the interesting plot to the wonderful characters. Veronica Rossi did an incredible job with this novel!
The whole idea of the Realms, Reverie, and the "outside" was something that I thought was pretty unique. Top it off with the Aether (whatever that is), and some of the crazy cannibals, and you've got yourself an intense plot with a lot of dynamic. Throughout the story Aria faces so many different obstacles and they were so well paced that you barely realize you're 100, 200, 384 pages in. It was non-stop adventure.
Aria and Perry were such great main characters. On the surface they are quite different, and honestly underneath they are pretty different too. Watching them grow as individuals and as people added so much more to this story. I was afraid it would be the standard "sheltered girl in a great society falls in love with the boy from the outside and they hate each other but then end up marrying and having a bunch of babies" storyline, but it wasn't. It was crafted so well and I really enjoyed it.
Overall this book is definitely one of my all time favorites and I am dying for the sequel!
Rating: 5 stars / 5 stars