Under the Never Sky
by Veronica Rossi
published by HarperCollins
synopsis (from Goodreads)
WORLDS KEPT THEM APART.
DESTINY BROUGHT THEM TOGETHER.
Aria has lived her whole life in the protected dome of Reverie. Her entire world confined to its spaces, she's never thought to dream of what lies beyond its doors. So when her mother goes missing, Aria knows her chances of surviving in the outer wasteland long enough to find her are slim.
Then Aria meets an outsider named Perry. He's searching for someone too. He's also wild - a savage - but might be her best hope at staying alive.
If they can survive, they are each other's best hope for finding answers
I am always on the lookout for unique and interesting books. This book was both. An incredible story about a 'Dweller" named Aria. She was born and raised in a 'pod' safe from the outside elements. A place where life is not quite real. The inhabitants of these pods live life through virtual reality 'realms'. They don't experience real fear, or love or pain. Most of the things that actually make us who we are are absent from the inhabitants of these pods.
Aria is blamed for a terrible accident that killed several people and she is banished from the pod. Sent to the outside world. A world where she believes everything is desolate and everything dies. She is aided by an 'outsider' A man named Peregrine who was born and raised in a tribe. Even among his people he is special, different. He has two super senses, sight at night and the ability to 'feel' or 'read' peoples emotions. The two initially cannot stand the sight of each other. Perry actually makes reference to the fact that Aria's dweller stench is making him sick.
Well, circumstances have placed these two together. Over time, a lot of time, they learn to get along.
This is an amazing book. The characters are unique and dynamic. Perry and Aria are a perfect couple. They bicker, fight and slowly learn to get along. Other characters are equally incredible. Roar, a friend of Perry's, is a lot of fun. A buddy who is quick to point out all his friends flaws. Cinder is an interesting character. A young boy who possesses the strength of the Aether, or storms of the outside.
The book is well written and great fun to read. I couldn't put it down and can't wait for the next installment. Enough was left open, or unfinished that another book could be coming. We need to find out what happened to Cinder and Roar. What happened to Perry's sister Liv. Also, do Aria and Perry get together?
A wonderful 5 star book. I recommend this book to lovers of dystopian, fantasy, YA or just good fiction.