|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
Veronica Rossi, YA debut novelist, created a dystopian where the main characters, Aria and Perry, were dealt some hard knock cards. Skillfully, Veronica played them to the brink.
Here's a completely unnecessary and terribly limited Shakespearean comparison. Consider Aria as 'Juliet' and Perry as 'Romeo'. Except it's more like Mole and Savage, respectively. Yeah, no instant match made in heaven for these two, not when a small gathering goes horribly awry kicking 'Juliet' out of the safety and security of the Capulet underground into the top soil Montague world, better known as the Death Shop.
The Death Shop, people. Need I say more? I should? Okay, try violent energy storms that could roast you to ashes or packs of wolves (and some humans) that savored ANY flesh they could get. Yeah, Death Shop sounds just right.
Okay, so nixing the Romeo and Juliet references here because Aria and Perry are both certified FIGHTERS. Veronica pulled no punches. Tension dripped from this story and it persisted like a physical presence between Aria and Perry. About the only thing I'll give away is that both are alive at the end. I know, not much of a spoiler :-)
The disasters start with a flame, where Aria and Perry collide. The unluck only grows from there with Aria as fresh meat in the Death Shop and Perry the only person she can trust to survive. Imagine having to depend upon someone you hate and despise. *shivers* But by the end, all I could think was, "When is the sequel coming out!!!??!!!"
Since I will have to wait, I'd like to encourage others to check this story out. Maybe we can form a Waiting for the UtNS sequel group when you're done :-)
For anyone who has had a chance to read this story, what are your thoughts? Differing views are welcome. I have to say, shallow as it may be, I LOVE this cover and would have read it just for that. Glad the content rocked as well :-)