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.
Oh this book!
“She looked up. A world of nevers under a never sky.”
This story is a cross between Elysium meets Star Trek and Veronica Rossi knows how to build a story that will leave you on the edge of your seat. It’s non-stop action that includes cannibalism, wolves, etc…
“He felt like his body had a will of its own. Always looking. Preparing for the only fight that would satisfy him.”
The heroine, Aria, her life is within the Pod but lives her life through different virtual realms but in order to do that she needs to wear her smart eye. Everyone who lives in the Pod has to wear one and what’s wonderful about living in the Pod is that sickness can’t touch you and you can’t feel any real physical pain.
“And in life, at least in her new life, chances were the best she could hope for. They were like her rocks. Imperfect and surprising and maybe better in the long run than certainties.”
Aria’s world is completely rocked as an Outsider breaks into the pod and the adventure begins when she meets Perry. Perry is so wonderful and complex but that’s all I will say as I want to keep the element of surprise intact. The romance between Aria and Perry has the perfect amount of push and pull, no insta-love here.
“Something heavy and cold at his core lightened. Hugging wasn’t what he’d had in mind, but maybe it was better. It shouldn’t surprise him, her knowing what he needed more than he did.”
There’s a definite supernatural feel to this story which I loved and the world building was beyond amazing. And the Aether storms?? WOW. Just wow! I wouldn’t say that Aether as a whole is explained thoroughly and it took a little google-ing on my part to understand the general gist but I still think that focus was brilliant.
“She looked at the knife, her throat tight with emotion. No roses or rings with him, but a knife with feathers carved into the handle. A knife that was part of him.”
I purposely keep my reviews vague because sometime the less you know, the better. All you need to know is that you’ll either love it or hate it, there’s no in between but if you give this book a chance…I think you’ll love it as much as I do.
Suggested Reading Order:
- Roar and Liv (Under the Never Sky, #0.5)
- Under the Never Sky (#1)
- Through the Ever Night (Under the Never Sky #2)
- Brooke (Under the Never Sky #2.5)
- Into the Still Blue (Under the Never Sky, #3)