(Under the Never Sky #1)
by Veronica Rossi
Publication Date:January 3rd, 2012
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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. (Goodreads)
In the beginning of the book we meet Aria. After a stunt gone wrong, Aria has been exiled from the only home she’s ever known, and was literally dumped in a barren land called The Death Shop. There she meets Perry, a savage Outsider, who is part of the reason she was exiled in the first place.
To be honest, I was a little worried when I first met the main characters. They didn’t exactly get off to a great start when their situations threw them together. Both characters were extremely surprising to read. Perry was definitely what you would think of when you think Savage. He was a beast, and I just knew I wasn’t going to like him. Thankfully he is not this way throughout the whole book. Aria’s character really surprised me. I expected her to be a weakling, but she definitely was not one. She proves to be a strong and very curious young woman. I really enjoyed watching her grow throughout the book. I also want to say that I love the relationship between the two characters. It’s definitely not something that happened instantly, but rather grew, and grew, and grew over time.
The book is told from alternate viewpoints; it switches between Perry and Aria. I actually loved that it was written this way, because we get to know more about both characters. I found the book to be pretty well paced. There were a few slow spots, but the action always picked up again quickly. The plot was extremely creative. Without giving too much away, let’s just say I can’t imagine living in the world that Aria lived in.
Overall, this book was definitely a surprise. I went into it not really knowing what to expect. I definitely didn’t expect to go on an amazing adventure with Perry and Aria. I can’t wait to get my hands on the next book!