Hardcover, US, 400 pages
Expected publication: January 3rd 2012 by HarperCollins
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.
Wow. This story started with a bang. The action gripped me right from the start, and then the world and characters wouldn’t let go. I was truly impressed by the originality. At first it was hard to envision the Smarteye those inside the dome wear, but being able to see it from Perry’s POV helped clarify. Normally I’m not a fan of third person narrative, as it tends to distance me from the characters. But Rossi did an amazing job bringing the reader into this world, and her writing style is clear and descriptive, making it easy to relate and sympathize with Aria and Perry.
The chaotic world under the Aether sky was brilliantly executed. Rossi created a turbulent environment that scared me and made me want to live there at the same time. The buildup between Aria and Perry was wonderful, too. I loved how their relationship began, the distrust and loathing they held for one another. It was comical at times--others passionate. I felt it was perfectly paced, and I can’t stress enough how much I adore Perry. This is an amazing story, with real, vivid characters, and one that you don’t want to miss out on.
MINIVIEW with Veronica Rossi
Summer sunsets and winter sunrises.
Rock or Pop, or some other crazy type of music we've never heard of?
Glam rock. Kidding. Actually, I'm not. I do love a good 80s ballad, but I'm totally omnivorous when it comes to music. I love it all.
Name one book that no matter how many times you read it, you always cry like a baby.
Hmm. Tough one. I reread Austen quite a bit, but I don't necessarily cry. I think the last time I teared up in a book was when Prim died in Mockingjay. That was brutal.