Author: Veronica Rossi
Hardcover: 374 Pages
Release Date: January 3, 2012
Publisher: Harper Teen
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Since she'd been on the outside, she'd survived an Aether storm, she'd had a knife held to her throat, and she'd seen men murdered. This was worse.
Exiled from her home, the enclosed city of Reverie, Aria knows her chances of surviving in the outer wasteland - known as The Death Shop - are slim. If the cannibals don't get her, the violent, electrified energy storms will. She's been taught that the very air she breathes can kill her. Then Aria meets an Outsider named Perry. He's wild - a savage - and her only hope of staying alive.
A hunter for his tribe in a merciless landscape, Perry views Aria as sheltered and fragile - everything he would expect from a Dweller. But he needs Aria's help too; she alone holds the key to his redemption. Opposites in nearly every way, Aria and Perry must accept each other to survive. Their unlikely alliance forges a bond that will determine the fate of all who live under the never sky.
You’re probably wondering “Gee, Jennifer, what happened to change your mind so drastically?”. The first real meeting of two very different worlds, Aria and Perry. The “cultured” city girl and the “savage”. What does this create? Tension. Sexy, sexy tension. While I’ve read and seen similar situations before, there is something that just got me about it. There’s that tension and adventure and a shaky forge of trust and have I mentioned the tension?! Awesome. Both Aria and Perry have entered the stiffly awkward arrangement for their own reasons and stay because while they learn to care about the other even if they don’t fully understand the other.
Since I am on character, let’s talk about them. Aria (other than also being my cat’s name) is an awesome female protagonist, though she doesn’t start out like it. Her transformation is a thing of beauty as she goes from sheltered, naive and weak to kicking ass and taking names. Perry (other than being one of my VERY FAVORITE boy names) doesn’t exactly qualify to be on my Broken Boy list, but gets honorable mention. Conflicted, hurt in the past, fighting for his honor and disgustingly loyal. On top of that, he’s snarky and rude, but justly has his attitude handed right back to him from Aria. Don’t you just want to melt? And I can’t not mention Roar. Despite the fact every time I saw his name I thought someone was yelling, he provides some seriously needed advice and comic relief. Oh, and he might just have the best line in the entire book. “Fall off your own roof, Perry.” I apologize for it being out of context, but explaining the context is long and probably spoiler-y. Besides, it should intrigue you enough to go out and buy the book and read it. And believe me, it is so worth it.
And if you aren’t one of those people who love love and drooly, melty characters, then, first of all, what is wrong with you? And secondly, there is so much awesome action too! It starts on page one and kicks up to a whole new level when they set off on their adventure. Oh, and there are creepy guys. The Croven? Initially made me think of some goth wannabes from the 90s, but seriously, the sounds of bells have never been creepier. Like, end-of-the-Hunger-Games-trailer-whistle creepy. And to top it all off it is a brilliantly interesting futuristic concept.
I always try to prepare myself when I KNOW a book is a part of a series. I tell myself, “Jennifer, it’s a series, which means things will not all be wrapped up and there is likely to be a cliffhanger, so don’t freak out. Besides, you’ve got a MILLION books to keep you busy for the next year until book 2 comes out.” It’s a good logical thing to tell myself, but when I finished the last page my reaction was something like “*MAJOR POUT* Are you kidding me?! I don’t WANT all my OTHER books, I want Through the Ever Night!! *stamps foot*” Yeah, I go all five-year-old. It wasn’t really even a cliffhanger per se, I just wanted MORE. MORE Aria and Perry.
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-Reviewed by Jennifer