Series: Under the Never Sky #1
Published by Harper Teen on February 7, 2012
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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.
The world is fascinating. The pods, the realms, the outside worlds; each one is so unique and interesting. The differences in the lifestyles of the inhabitants are also so intriguing. The outsiders (called Savages by the people who live in the pods) are rather brutal people. Killing comes easy to a lot of them because they have been forced to defend themselves their whole lives. The people who live in the pods (called Moles by the outsiders) are so sheltered and practically defenseless. Even their minds have been altered to not feel fear, pain, or many other things. There’s a reason they can’t survive on the outside and that incapability to feel those emotions is a big part of it. It’s also really fascinating to see how being on the outside changes Aria and how she changes Perry.
Aria is not the smartest person in the beginning. She’s quite oblivious and at times just plain stupid. It was really hard to like her at first. However, being cast out of the pods into the outside world really changed her (in a good way.) She was forced to learn how to survive and she did it without complaint. She was rather stoic in her pain and misery. I’m a huge fan of non-whiny characters so I grew to like Aria.
Perry was pretty awesome from the beginning. He was bad-ass and he knew it. Still, he managed to be totally loving with Talon and had these great friendships with Roar and Marron. He was such a well-rounded character. He felt so many things and it was so hard not to fall in love with him. He managed to be both a sensitive guy and a total kick-ass fighter. Now that’s what I call the perfect guy.
Speaking of falling in love with Perry… Aria is not easily wooed and Perry doesn’t even want to woo her. In fact they want nothing to do with each other. They are forced to rely on each other to get what they want but that doesn’t mean they have to like each other. In fact, they kind of hate each other. At least until they really start to get to know each other. Then things change. Perry and Aria’s relationship was something that developed over time spent together and getting to know each other, inside and out. There was no insta-love for these two!
The plot was a but slow. I figured that as soon as Aria was exiled things would pick up and that wasn’t really the case. They spent a lot of time wandering and it was a little dull. I expected more action from this book than I got. Towards the end it was pretty hard to put down but I really wanted more from the rest of the book.
Overall, Under The Never Sky was a solid start to this new dystopian trilogy. I’m eager to see where things go with the next book.