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.
In her enthralling debut, Veronica Rossi sends readers on an unforgettable adventure set in a world brimming with harshness and beauty.
©2012 Veronica Rossi (P)2012 HarperCollins Publishers
This is a very creative dystopian series. I like adventure mixed with romance, as long as the romance is clean. This book provided both of those elements in abundance. I also like a book that makes me think about deeper values. This book also offered that: a fictional look at what would happen to us, if we eliminated some of the more painful parts of the human experience. The imagined world is very creative and I enjoyed seeing it in my mind!A note of caution... I found myself having a difficult time getting into the book. It seemed a little slow at first. Also, it took me quite a while to get used to the narrator's voice. Usually narrators don't bug me much, but this one did for a long time at the beginning. She reads well and has really good inflection to differentiate characters, but the actual tenor/tone of the voice irritated me. However, as the story went along I got used it and at that point, the voice became invisible as I imagined the characters and world the author had created.
A few. First, when the main characters realize what you've know all along that they are attracted to each other and care about each other. This happens gradually and deliciously over several chapters of the book. Second, when one of the characters saves the good guys from the cannibals with his extraordinary ability due to a genetic predisposition. Writing this almost makes it sound like spiderman or something similar. Its not superhero save the world kinda stuff, though, jjust so you aren't mislead!
I didn't love her voice at first. However, as the book wore on I got used to it. She is very good at inflecting characters personalities.
It has been a while since I finished a book and felt the unstoppable desire to writhe a review, and I guess I’ll be waiting a little longer as this is an audio book.
Because of the good combinations between Veronica Rossi’s story and Bernadette Dunne Flanger’s narration I find myself craving to read the fisical book, to see how the taste of the story changes from Miss Bernadette’s words bringing this world to live to my imagination standing alone in Aria’s and Perry’s world.
Bernadetter Dunne Flanger made this audio book totally enjoyable, it was amazing to me how she made the story feel like it was just alive and how you could hear her voice transformed into a subtle laughter, sadness or whatever feeling needed to conveyed as she embodied Aria, Perry and Roar.
I really don't remember feeling like she cut the flow of the story or that she messed up at expressing what the story or its characters needed to show us. All I can say is that as the story grew to its climax I was unable to leave, even if I had had something important to do I was trapped in this story that wouldn't let me go and I wouldn't have gotten away from it either.
I am sad to see that Bernadette is not the narrator for the second book, I hope Michael Goldstrom does a fair job keeping the story alive the way that she did.
If you were thinking about trying an audiobook or where looking for one to listen to, let me tell you this is a great pick, the swoon moments, the tension, the stress, surprise, relief and romance is well worked and played by both Veronica Rossy and Bernadetter Dunne Flanger.
I am immortal ....so far. I enjoy a god story and love a great narrator. :-)
Original settings and characters. It's overall an interesting view of a possible future. Well narrated, overall decent with a few unexpected twists.
I was suprised at how fast this went - not because there was so much action but because it is a surprisingly short book. Judging by the publication dates, it looks to have originally been one novel that was split in two.
The story, dystopian American, was an easy read/listen. It had a good blend of action, plot, and some characterization. I felt the characters were a bit too black and white in many areas - cliches of decent guy, kind hearted mom, warm brotherly relationships, etc., did feel a bit too pat and not very engaging. But the narrative flowed easily and so this gentle easy kind of plot never weighed down.
I never really felt the characters were in danger - despite the premise promising/requiring there to be a bit more abrupt violence. If anything, this book is the antidote to the mindless violence and lust in contemporary YA such as Ee's Angelfall.
Some might find it a bit too pat. But there is a nice balance here throughout that you don't find in many YA novels these days. Certainly, it isn't a shallow or immaturely written novel.
One thing to note is that the narrator does have a very dry, scratchy voice that can make it sound like the story is being narrated by an elderly woman. This may be off-putting, though she did a decent job in the reading.
The story line was phenomenal, had me guessing at every step, what a great imagination Rossi has.
That the author described things so well, I really got a good idea of what was going on. Also, the suspense. It is technically a YA novel, but there were some adult parts to it, I liked that.
Probably not, unless it was a book I really wanted to listen to then maybe. But if I came across a random book and was on the fence, this narrator would make me say no. She has a pretty severe whistle when saying S's. It got to a point in the book that the book was so good I wanted to keep listening, but the narration was so obnoxious I almost gave up on it. Glad I didn't though.
With levels of intensity paralleling The Hunger Games, this futuristic novel tells the story of two people with very different lives. Aria has been living in a protected society and is called a Dweller. Protection is necessary as extremely dangerous electrical storms constantly erupt. The Dwellers live a high tech life where they virtually visit realms to make their “reality” more satisfying and safe. The realms have been created to keep the Dwellers from going crazy after living in extreme closure. The Dwellers consider anyone who does not live in pods similar to theirs, savages. Perry is one of those “savages” whose group has become almost primitive in their living in order to survive. Both Perry and Aria become outcasts as a result of terrible events and they meet up and help each other survive and redeem themselves. They begin a journey which is full of events which keep the reader drawn in. This excellent book is the author’s debut and is the first in a trilogy.
First of all, the narrator: usually female narrators, in my experience, are harder to listen to- NOT so in this case. After the initial chapter full of teenage stereotypes, the narrator was perfect. She has a vocal resonance that is easy to listen to. The story grabs you in the first chapter. Action, adventure, intrigue - it's all here and more. Definitely an excellent read/listen.
The concept is intriguing. Realms, pods, the Death Shop. Clever, creative- a wonderful read/listen!
No -- it was fine, but I don't usually listen to audiobooks multiple times.
Probably not. I enjoyed some of the dystopian aspects of the novel, but it was too much of a romance novel set in a dystopian universe when I was looking for more of a novel about the dystopian universe without the romance being center stage.
I liked the characters and enjoyed the story, but it very soon became clear that the romance was the central aspect of the story. Honestly, I think that this book needs a sequel -- there was so much that wasn't resolved at the end of the story. And a lot of things about the universe that I thought would get revealed over time (like how it became dystopian) that the author never explained. I found that frustrating because I was interested in those aspects of the story more than the romance.
A 50-something who loves sci-fi, cozy mysteries, thrillers, an occasional romance, and any genre if it is a good story. And especially if it makes me laugh! No vampires or zombies though - these are NOT sci-fi!
This book reminded me of some of Anne McCaffrey's best. The characters are well developed, then story is intense, and the love story is well-written. Aria's development as a character was intriguiging, and Perry was the perfect hero! I liked the way that the point of view changed between the main characters. The ending had an interesting twist, and left hope for a sequel!
I Love a great supernatural tale, a Love story, PNR, a Cool Mystery and Most Sci-Fi....if there are vampires, weres or witches in it, that's a plus! Basically I am a 40+ y/o young at heart woman rediscovering the wonderful world of books and am now addicted! Lol I LOVE AUDIBLE!!!!!
It was really good...one of the better books I have listened to so far...I was enthralled, and intrigued... the characters are marvelous... I really enjoyed this story, and hope there is a book 2....
The fight to get to Delphi....it was such a struggle and I was overwhelmed with emotion for them...And I loved how the relationship with perry and aria developed...
When aria and perry just knew they were meant to be...
Just like on the book...A million ways to die...But one way to live....I think this book would make a fantastic movie!!
A great read...anyone who did not give this book a chance is a fool...it was a wonderful story, and I truly hope there is another one....
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