Monday, May 7, 2012

Under the Never Sky by Veronica Rossi

Aria has lived her entire life in the enclosed city of Reverie.  People in the enclosed cities spend most of their time in the Realms - virtual reality worlds where they can safely experience whatever they'd like.  But after Aria follows the son of one of the most powerful people in her world into a forbidden situation, she is thrown out of Reverie into the wilderness.  People who live outside the cities are thought to be savages so when Aria runs into Peregrine, she is afraid.  But with no one else to help her, she has no choice but to rely on him to save her life.  Slowly she learns how to survive on the outside, even using the constant electrical storms from the damaged sky to her advantage.  She also learns that life inside the cities isn't all she thought it was.  This is another dystopia, to be sure, but a unique and fairly well-done one.  It has a pretty steep cliff-hanger so fans will be anxious for more.  The love story is also well-written - realistic but intense.