Audio book info:
Narrator: Bernadette Dunne Flagler
Listening time: 9 hours 39 minutes
Aria hasn't spoken to her mother in more than a week, totally strange in Reverie where distance is easy to overcome in the realms. Worried and desperate for information, Aria follows Soren into Ag 6. She never expected to meet an Outsider or that the trip would get her exiled from Reverie and her mother. Thrown into the death shop that is the world outside the pods, Aria expects to die amongst the aether storms. But when that stranger she saw in Ag 6 finds her an uneasy alliance is formed. He needs her as much as she needs him but the quiet Perry is a salvage. Can she really trust him? Does she even have a choice?
5 stars - a must read
Damn, are you sure this is a debut novel? Talk about fabulous world building, an intricate plot, unexpected twists, kick-butt characters and some awesome romance.
The world was fresh and so dystopian. I was so impressed with the genetics that changed the outsiders into some pretty incredible characters. Scires and auds that make everything just a little more interesting. Can't hide your emotions from a scrie or any sound from an aud. It's one of my favorite types of paranormal - when the vulnerability of characters can't be hidden. Loved that about this book.
Then there was the plot. Little details that were carefully scattered in the pages became very important as the story develops. Skilled authors sometimes struggle with this ability but to have a debut author do it so masterfully is incredible. I would compare Veronica's attention to details as good as Cassandra Clare - and that's one hell of a compliment.
Another amazing aspect of this book is the twists and turns the story takes. The reader is traveling down a road believing one thing and then wham - everything you thought you knew about what's happening changes. This happened at least twice in this book for me. Most authors can't catch me off guard twice in one book but Veronica did it.
I absolutely LOVE Perry - Peregrine. He's an scire and a seer, twice gifted and very strong. Of course he's also a hot guy. He's quiet and brooding but with good reasons. Trying to fix the wrongs he believes are his fault, he barrels into situations shooting arrows and throwing punches. Angry at Aria, he nonetheless needs her. So he helps her. She's terrified of him who she sees as a savage. Weak and ignorant of his world, she shows her own inner strength as she helps him in return. They go from hating each other to sort of being friends to hating each other again. No love at first sight problems here. But when the feeling come, they are strong and true. The romance between them is satisfying in a way that left me aching for more time with them.
So the ending left me wanting just one more little scene. No worries, I just imaged it for myself. No cliffhanger, thank goodness, but plenty of room for book two.
If you read YA, then this one is a MUST read. Pick it up and don't put it off a day. You won't regret it.
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