Under the Never Sky by Veronica Rossi
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.
I give Under the Never Sky by Veronica Rossi, 5/5 starts for having such a captivating world and being simply one of the best reads of 2012.
*Short review because Under the Never Sky is better without any prior knowledge. No spoilers!*
Under the Never Sky Review:
Aria and Perry come from two different worlds.
Aria, is a Dweller and Perry is an Outsider.
To Aria, Perry is a savage. A person who lives on the outside: diseased, dirty, violent, uncontrollable, no better than animal.
To Perry, Aria is a mole. Someone who lives in on the inside: weak, pampered, the reason for his suffering.
Now banished from the only life she has ever known, Aria, with very little choice, must team up with Perry who lives in the world her nightmares are created from. Together they will need to look past their differences and team up a greater cause.
Everything is perfect in Aria’s world. She has her friends, mother and her Realms. Everything in Aria’s world is organized and safe- just the way she likes it. However, when Aria loses her only connection to her mother, she will risk everything in order to be able to hear her voice again.
Perry considers himself to be a living curse. The only real acceptance he has ever had comes from his little nephew, Talon. Except now Talon is gone–kidnapped by the Dwellers. Now the only way to get him back is to team up with one.
Absolutely! ,i>Under the Never Sky was nothing like what I was expecting. Its brilliantly written and the story will have you wanting to come back for more.
My only resolve was that it ended to too soon and now I must wait for the next installment: Through the Ever Night.
Extra treats for reading my review (Qoutes!):
She turned to him, her gaze catching on his Markings. “What do you want from me, Savage?”
“Is that what you call us?”
“You’re murderers. Diseased. Cannibals.” She flung the words at him like curses. “I’ve heard the stories.”
Perry crossed his arms. She lived under a rock. What did she know about anything? “Guess we’re well named, Mole.”
Best scene in the novel, I think. :)
“Aria, what’s wrong?”
She stood, moving slow and defeated. “I’m dying. I’m bleeding.”
Perry’s gaze traveled down her body.
“It’s not my feet.”
“Did you eat any of those berries?”
“No.” She held out her hand. “You might as well have this . . . ”
Perry closed his eyes and inhaled. Her scent had changed. The rancy Dweller musk was almost gone. Her skin breathed a new scent into the air, faint but unmistakable. For the first time since he’d known her, her flesh smelled like something he recognized, feminine and sweet.
He smelled violets.
He took a step back, swearing silently as it hit him. “You’re not dying. . . . You really don’t know?”
“I don’t know anything anymore.”
Perry looked down at the ground and drew another breath, no doubt in his mind.
“Aria . . . it’s your first blood.”