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“This book was recommended to me by a friend and at first I wasn't sure if I wanted to read it. I started to read it on the 14th of December 2012 at 9:38pm and didn't stop until I finished the book at 3:45am on the 15th. It was THAT good.
“Still searching for a dystopian novel I checked this book out, only to discover that it is also not dystopian but post-apocalyptic. Actually I might be wrong about that since I don’t remember any mention of a war destroying this world. No matter, this book is better than Arena One.
In the world Aria lives on there are enclosed cities where others like her live, the area where she lives is called a pod, all of their recreation happens in the Realms, which are virtual environments accessed through an eyepiece called a Smarteye. It all ends after a tragic accident that Aria is blamed for and she is thrown into the outside, called The Death Shop, where there are a million ways to die. Except Aria doesn’t die, Perry, an Outsider, saves her and keeps her alive, they stay together through their mutual need for each other. Aria to get back to her home and Perry to get inside to rescue his nephew. You know what happens next, their grudging respect turns to love.
Some Outsiders have enhanced senses such as hearing, seeing or smelling. Perry is able to smell danger, good and emotions. The atmosphere is called Aether and Aether storms are deadly. Perry is able to sense when an Aether storm is coming.
Good character development and a good story line made this book easy to read. Ms. Rossi doesn’t waste time explaining things (like what is Aether?), just writes about them and you come to understand them or don’t but just enjoy the story. It was a quick read, suitable for older teens I would say, it has some violence and adult situations. This is the first book in a series, unfortunately I could find any others but I will continue to look for them.”
“Slow beginning and rushed ending were my biggest complaints about this book, but the meat of the story was good and interesting.”Jessica R wrote this review 9 days ago. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“This is one of my favorite YA novels of the year. ”Isabeau wrote this review 10 days ago. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Amazing read! Loved the details and characters in this Utopia.”Liza T wrote this review 12 days ago. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Another post-apocalyptic teen novel, enjoyable but a bit predictable. Enough novelty to keep me interested though. Looking forward to the rest of the series.”KerryLC wrote this review 12 days ago. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“much more unique then the dysotopic future books I've read lately. It was easy to get into and easy to keep reading. ”JAMIE wrote this review 2 weeks ago. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“PERRY”Psychotic_Meltdown~What a strange illusion it is to suppose that Beauty is Goodness~ wrote this review 2 weeks ago. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Love it! It was a teensy bit slow in the beginning but picked up pretty quickly. The characters and world building were perfect. The romance was fabulous!! I just loved how it was gradual- they had to change their perceptions of each other and their worlds and then fall in love- (I hate insta-love or lust mistaken for love that a lot of these YA paranormal books have, and don't even get me started on "we knew each other in a past life and we're in love" ugh) But this book wasn't like that so I loved it!! Can't wait to read book 2.”Amy B wrote this review 3 weeks ago. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“It had some good parts and some blah parts. Is an enjoyable read but is not my favorite, I had a hard time rating it only because of that.”Gabriela wrote this review 3 weeks ago. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“WORLDS KEPT THEM APART. DESTINY BROUGHT THEM TOGETHER. Aria has lived her whole life in the protected dome of Reverie. Her entire world confined to its spaces, she's never thought to dream of what lies beyond its doors. So when her mother goes missing, Aria knows her chances of surviving in the outer wasteland long enough to find her are slim. Then Aria meets an outsider named Perry. He's searching for someone too. He's also wild - a savage - but might be the only person who can keep her alive. And if they can survive, they are each others best hope for finding answers.”Simone wrote this review 4 weeks ago. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No