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 her best hope at staying alive.
If they can survive, they are each other’s best hope for finding answers.
Hi, y’all Amy here! This book is one of my favorites, I’m so thrilled to be reviewing it! The summary doesn’t let on much, so I’ll give a bit more details. That way, it’s also easier to understand why I love the story so much.
“They called the world beyond the walls of the Pod “the Death Shop.” A million ways to die out there.”
Aria has lived her entire life in a pod, a dome, called Reverie. There is life on the Outside, in the Death Shop as they call it, but they don’t live there, mostly because of the Aether. So people have long lived in the safety of the pod, with a SmartEye that takes them to fictional worlds, Realms, to escape to. Where everything was possible, no one could get hurt and it was better than real.
“She couldn’t believe people lived this way once, with nothing but the real. Savages on the outside still lived this way.”
“There are no risks in the Realms.”
“You simply think it and it happens? And it actually feels real?”
“Why are we talking about this?”
“I need a Smarteye.”
But then something happens that makes her break the rules and she’s thrown out of Reverie, into the Death Shop. No way to survive out there, a million ways to die. But just before that is possible, she meets an Outsider. Peregrine. Perry. Perry looks rough and wild, what Aria would imagine of a Savage. They both need something, and the only way to get it, is by working together. They detest each other at first, but in order to survive, they have to let their judgements of each other go.
“She looked up. “A world of nevers under a never sky.”
She fit in well then, he thought. A girl who never shut up.”
So now you know a little more about this book. This is honestly one of the best, original, most creative books with the most amazing characters I have ever read. The story has you hooked from the first page, especially since it seems like you’re dropped in the middle of it and at first you don’t quite understand what’s going on. If you feel that, don’t put the book away, please! You’ll understand soon enough.
Let me start with the characters. When Aria is thrown out of Reverie, you feel for her. It’s a foreign and dangerous place, how is she supposed to survive? She might seem weak to you at first, but deep inside of her, there’s a fighter. And that is what I love about Aria. She is struggling to accept the world in the Outside, and Perry, at first, but then she becomes determined to make it. To pull through, to show everyone she is not a little girl. She’s smart and loving, but the Outside also toughens her and that makes her such a unique character.
“She knew how to love now, and how to let go. Whatever came next, she would survive it, too.”
And then there’s Perry. Peregrine. He doesn’t show much of himself. Doesn’t talk much. He’s introverted. But he cares. He cares so much. About his brother, and his nephew. And Aria, in the end too. He has blond hair (I’m not sure what kind of blond, I like too imagine dirty blond, that suits his character) and green eyes. I’m a sucker for green eyes. He has a tattoo of a peregrine falcon on his back and has a tough built from the Outside life. God, I’d love to tell you more about Peregrine, but I have to keep some things a surprise *wink*.
“She’d fallen into a deep silence once, when the sun appeared, and it was then he’d wondered most what she was thinking.”
Perry and Aria are an extraordinary pair together. I’d like to think they complete each other. Both soft, Aria on the outside, Perry on the inside. Both strong and fierce.
“There are other things I’d rather do when I’m alone with you.”
Time to step off the edge. “Then do them.”
“Your voice sounds like a midnight fire. All warm and worn in and golden. I could listen to you talk forever.”
“I could never do that”.
She laughed at him. He brought his lips to her ear.
“Your scent is like violets early in spring,” he whispered. Then he laughed at himself because though it was true, he sounded like the worst kind of fool.”
Plus plus bonus bonus, this book has one of the best sidekick characters ever! Meet Roar, Perry’s best friend. He’s fun, light, cheerful. The moment you meet him, you love him. You just want to be his best friend.
Under The Never Sky may seem like it’s a dark book, but it has a lot of funny moments too.
“Oh, this was champ. She’d found herself a Savage prince. Don’t laugh, she told herself. Don’t laugh, Aria.”
“His hand snapped shut over the device and then he crossed his arms. Aria stared in horror. Her Smarteye was buried in a Neanderthal’s armpit.”
“You drink from a rabbit and you think I smell?”
“Can you believe I have a favorite cave?”
This story will stay with you. You’ll never quite leave this world while you’re reading it, even when you have to put the book down. And even after that, it will occupy your mind, keeps you thinking. It will make you want more. And luckily for you, it’s the first book in a trilogy, so there’s more! The sequels are called Through The Ever Night and Into the Still Blue. I think you’ll have to recover for a few days after reading the series though.