WORLDS KEPT THEM APART. DESTINY BROUGHT THEM TOGETHER.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 (GoodReads).
This book is gripping. I NEEDED to know what happened. I also found the world-building subtle and fascinating--there is so much more I want to know both about Reverie and the outside communities (which absolutely reminded me of Graceling’s world. Anybody?)
- Originality: 4. Sci-Fi dystopian where outside ‘civilization’ you get magic and subsistence living. A nice mix of genres that works here. The Smarteye (think computer-as-monocle) pod-people wear to connect to virtual reality is creepy but very cool technology.
- Absurdity: 5. Mostly because that blurb is so melodramatic. SHEESH. Oh and Aria is “special” and has some magic she didn’t know about. Because, you know, it is impossible for a YA heroine to be fully aware of her potential at the start of a series.
- Level of Paranormal Romance: 7. YUM. Perry is seriously attractive. AND there is actual action WINK WINK NUDGE NUDGE. Not feather petting (sorry, I am still getting over having read Rapture. What a fool I am!). Get ready to swoon.
- Level of Harry Potter-ness: 5. Rossi’s descriptions of emotions as scents are particularly evocative, so a couple of points for literary niceties. And then the rest for magic-wielding! Harry Potter would be proud, even though there are no wands.