Under the Never Sky
By: Veronica Rossi
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.
Aria belongs to a society that is careful and structured by rules. She and everyone else are part of a virtual reality that is far more appealing then the dismal state of real life. All of that changes when she and her friends sneak into a forbidden area one night and one of the guys (the son of a prominent community member) decides to set it on fire. Aria and the boy who caused the fire are the only ones left alive in the end. His father decides to blame Aria for the whole thing and have her exiled from the society. Now Aria is alone on the outside, desperately trying to find a way to contact her Mom, who is possibly in danger. Peregrine 'Perry' is a Outsider, belonging to a tribe of people who do everything they can just to survive. When his nephew is kidnapped, seemingly by his mistake, Perry is banished from the tribe by the bloodlord - his brother. Trying to find a way to get his nephew back and return to the tribe, Perry thinks he's found the answer in Aria. They work on a mutual understanding of her getting to her Mom and him getting his nephew back. Somewhere between deadly storms, attacking cannibals and misunderstandings about each other love manages to creep in. But will Aria and Perry be able to stay together when life seems to be tearing them apart? I honestly enjoyed this book! I loved that it was from third-person perspective and yet alternated between Aria and Perry's respective worlds. The character development of both was realistic and heart-wrenching. I really felt for both the characters as they tried to figure out themselves and the world around them. Especially fun were the scenes with Perry's best friend Roar, who was something of a mischief maker. This book has a lot of heart, a good natured sense of humor and some tuly meaningful scenes worth reading. Glad I spent time with this book.
VERDICT: 4.25/5 Stars
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