The story opens with seventeen-year-old Aria, a girl who lives in a pod built into the earth. The planet has been scarred by dangerous Aether storms that burn through the countryside, leaving the planet virtually uninhabitable. The pod dwellers encase themselves underground and bide their time in virtual realities. Then Aria gets mixed up with a group of friends who turn savage. Though innocent, she takes the blame for their deaths and is banished from society. She finds herself dropped in on the outside under the never sky.
Perry, the savage hunky outsider, finds her and kidnaps her. Perry’s nephew has been taken by pod dwellers and he thinks Aria might help him. For the first half of the book the two are pitted against each other. Outsiders and dwellers don’t mix, after all. In the second half, they come together in a romance so hot, it puts Bella and Edward to shame. Stir in cannibals called the Croven, an Aether-wielding orphan and tribes with enhanced senses and I couldn’t stop turning pages. The sequel will be on my “to-read” list immediately.
In a way, I don’t find it fair to rank this book a top pick because it is published by HarperCollins and has already been optioned by Fox, but this book deserves its due attention. It hasn’t broken the top 100, but it’s climbing the charts fast. Rossi’s star is on the rise, as it should be. She earned it.
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