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.
After trying to obtain information regarding her mother’s disappearance from another Pod and being involved in a horrible incident, Aria is banished from the safety of her Pod. Once out and into “The Death Shop” she meets up with Perry, the Outsider who saved her from attack, who has left his tribe after being attacked himself by the Dwellers who have taken his nephew. Both needing help from someone from the “other side” they form an alliance and work together for the ones they love.
Aria – Since she is a Dweller and has lived her whole life in the Pods she isn’t the strongest character to start. In fact at first I found her uppity and a bit whiny but she definitely grew on me and I loved her by the end. Her wanting to help and carry her own weight endeared her to me.
Perry – It took me a few chapters to warm up to him. Though he has the dominant male personality and that is pretty much all you see at first, you find that he is also thoughtful and takes care of others. The love he has for his nephew? Whew. He takes care of people no matter what it may cost him.
Roar – WOWZA. I wouldn’t mind living in The Death Shop if it meant being surrounded by guys like him. I admit freely I took a small reading break to go buy Roar & Liv so I would have it ready ASAP.
Cinder – Loved him! I would have liked a bit more background on him, seems like he has had a hard life and hope to see more of him in the next book.
I really like when books are told from more than one POV, something I’ve always been a fan of so right off the back the story intrigued me. I loved the mix of futuristic/virtual reality, people living in a barren & medieval like society, and fantasy. I felt everything was well-balanced and a perfect blend to keep the story exciting through out. The ending? PERFECT.
5/5 – I honestly don’t know why it took me so long to read this one but at least on the plus side and I can dive right into Roar & Liv and Through the Ever Night!