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.
Aria comes from inside Reverie, where people live in various virtual Realms where they can experience any thrill imaginable without risk of injury or even fear. Perry is a Marked human and comes from the outside. He is gifted with extraordinary senses of sight and smell, a genetic mutation caused by the Aether, an element in the sky that causes storms that incinerate the land. They couldn’t be more different, but when Aria gets thrown into the outside world and Perry’s nephew gets kidnapped, their fates become intertwined.
This book started off strong, but the last quarter of the book felt a bit dragged out. It’s similar to Julianna Baggot’s “Pure” in the sense that there are two different cultures that have both been affected by a disaster in different ways. One culture lives in protected structures that they never leave, the other lives outside in an environment that causes genetic mutations.
Overall, it was a good read, and the slightly dragged out ending didn’t ruin it for me. I give it 4 stars and I recommend it to anyone who loves good dystopian fiction.