Title: Under the Never Sky
Under the Never Sky #1
Author: Veronica Rossi
Publisher: Harper Collins
Publish Date: Jan 3, 2012
Barnes and Noble (less than $8 Nookbook)
This book started out incredibly slow and at one point I think I actually yawned, but soon I was pulled and it was a downhill race. I couldn't turn the pages fast enough. After Veronica Rossi set up the plot. Aria, a Dweller, who lives in the Realms, a virtual land, by accessing them with an eye piece befriends a boy in hopes of finding out information about her mother who she hasn't heard of recently. Instead, he betrays her and loses his mind, attacking her which she records on her eye piece. She is then thrust out in the wilds to live on her own. Abandoned by the only home she has ever known, she is rescued by a Savage, Perry, who can't stand the smell of her. He, as many of his people, have a special power of being able to smell others tempers. He knows as a person feels. Aria encounters so many new things at first that she struggles to find a balance. She is chased by flesh eating humans, meets a fire creating boy and Aud's, a band of people who can hear everything. She makes a pact with Perry to help him as he will help her. Each working to end the others quest.
I deeply fell in love with both Aria and Perry. Two seriously star crossed lovers. They complete each other. (yes, I did say that) Aria is so fresh and vulnerable and Perry has so much hurt to share. They both find each other while finding themselves. I cannot wait to read what happens in the next book. I really enjoyed reading about Cinder, the boy who creates fire from the Aethers. Incredibly written.
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.