Series: Under the Never Sky #1
Published by Harper Collins Childrens on January 3, 2012
Genres: Dystopian, Young Adult
Also in this series: Through the Ever Night
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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.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.
Ok, I’m not sure where this cover———————————————–>
came from, if its a different edition, or the UK cover or what, but I don’t like it and I’m sure that I would have never picked up this book if that was the cover I saw. It’s just weird and doesn’t fit the story. The Aether storms, the senses, the pods, the realms, it was a lot of science fiction. I’m not big on science fiction but I do get into it occasionally and this book worked for me. The concept of the realms is kind of cool, but scary at the same time. You’re “living” your life without physically doing anything. Creepy.
I loved both Aria and Perry. I enjoyed Aria’s self discovery of her real self, though there was one really weird moment that had me laughing and cringing at the same time. It was awkward. The things that Perry went through were just awful. I can’t imagine making some of the choices he had to make.
I loved the ending. It reminded me of Hunger Games or the Harry Potter books where the story in the book had an end. It wasn’t a happily ever after end (it’s a trilogy so lets not get carried away) but it has an end, and then a little extra to give you a taste of what’s coming.
My one complaint about the book is the lack of information. You’re thrown into the story (which is ok) but as the book progresses there were a lot things that were never explained, or only given a partial explanation. The “reason” why everything happened was one of those partial explanations.Overall I really enjoyed the book and I’m looking forward to the next book in the trilogy.
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