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
I like any books that hook you within the first chapter. If a love story is involved even better.
Yes, I have told many people about this book. This is the first book I have listened to with a split narrator. I now have found a lot of my favorite series are now doing this in the last few books. I love it. It is like hearing two stories at once.
I love Perry! How could you not love him. I am crazy about his voice.
My favorite was the compound they get to and Aria finds out that Perry is trying to help her.
After what they have both been through they don't want to trust or depend on anyone, least of all each other, but do they have a choice.
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 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.
no the audio edition was amazing
When she when into the pod and he thought that she had left him forever
i don't know but some how she makes it great
i loved this book
The story concept is good, but the story telling is lacking. The character development needed work. The story went from one action to another action without painting a rich picture of the world they live in. I enjoy books that take me on a journey. This book was a weird diary of this and that and the next thing. It was hard to vision the landscape, the characters or their lives in general. The narrator was just ok, nothing to get excited about.
i love reading books. I had a child and found that i couldn't hold a book long enough to read, so i started listening to books. It's great!
yes, if they didn't have anything else to read.
The performance was good but the voice kind of grated on my nerves a bit.
Definitely!!! I wasn't expecting such a fantastic story when I first purchased it, but it really was a fast-paced adventure ride!
My favorite character has to be Aria! She is an awesome heroine! She may be sheltered and naiive in the beginning, but she undergoes massive growth as a person and strengthens into an impressive figure by the end of the book! She may have started out physically weak, but is her character that is the most strong-willed and determined to protect those she loves. More so than even Perry who always put others before himself!
It took some getting used to her voice. I really didn't like how she did the male characters, especially Perry.
Definitely! I plan to listen to it again!
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