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SYNOPSIS: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.
REVIEW:I had high hopes for this book, and I was sorely disappointed.
I was expecting amazing, because of the rave reviews surrounding this book, but alas the mass of good reads reviewers have very different taste.
This book was fairly long, and yet I don't know why there are Aether storms, or why they haven't tried to find somewhere else without it before now. Also please don't add sci-fi elements to your book if they are only a back drop that you may never get to again. There's just too many lose end. I know this is a series but I would like to have a better understanding of exactly where the setting is before I decide to read on. I would have rated this less, but the book does have some redeeming qualities, which kept me plowing through it.
Characters: Aria, why are you so misguided and confusing, sometimes I liked you, like when you shut up and helped, unfortunately that was not all you did in the book.
But you can sing, because you've been programmed to which wins you some leniency (from people in the book not from me).
Perry I liked you, you were flawed, thinking and strong. Much more fleshed out and believable as a person. However, their romance began because her period smelled like sweet violets.
Despite this magical revelation about Aria's ability to produce bodily fluids that smell like flowers, I knew that I wouldn't believe the incredible bond that they soon developed.
Plot: There were interesting twists and turns even though some of them was predictable. Things were fast paced, and I never was ready to throw the book away despite my frustrations. I liked the concept a lot more than the execution which had drawn me to this book in the first place. I also did like that people who were hurt had to push through those injuries instead of miraculously forgetting them, and healing faster then ever. There was action between the romance, and I enjoyed those parts enough to finish the book. But maybe romance is officially not my thing, in a book I initially wanted sci-fi action and world building in.
But I'm not interested in seeing where this plot goes, because I would be far too OK with some harm coming to certain characters, which I'm sure the author was not trying to achieve.