If you can picture a perfect world in the future where you only need to envision a place and you can go to it in the bat of an eye or actually through your “smarteye” which is wearable computer, you would see life the way Aria does in the book, Under the Never Sky by Veronica Rossi. She lives in a place called Reverie.
Aria has never known life any other way. Her food, shelter, education and health care have all been taken care of for her entire seventeen years. However, all of that is about to change. She has not been able to communicate with her mother, Lumina, for a long period of time. So, Aria enlists the help of other Reverie dwellers to leave the safety of their POD and try to get in contact with her mother who is a geneticist in one of the Realms called Bliss.
Soren was the driving force behind them leaving the Realms in the first place. It was his desire to break the rules of the Realms by disengaging their Smarteyes and going on an adventure for a few hours. Aria went along with it so she could sneak away to find her mom. Her best friend, Paisley and Soren’s lackeys, Bane and Echo accompanied them. As she and her friends disengage their contact from the world of Realms by shutting off their Smarteyes, an Aether storm was simultaneously building in the forest surrounding their Pod. The storm is no ordinary storm. It has the ability to not only destroy the landscape, but bring out the primal barbaric nature of human beings. Aria is attacked by her “friend” and fellow Reverie citizen, Soren. Soren’s father is in charge of security in Reverie. After they illegally ditched the POD it basically came down to Soren’s word against Aria’s. Bane, Echo and Paisley are all dead. Aria was exiled from her home, Reverie, and the other PODS or realms as well. For the first time in her life, she has nothing. She had a message from her mom stored on her Smarteye, but she had no way to retrieve it. She also had no food, no shelter, no protection as Soren ripped her Smarteye from her and she is abandoned in the forest.
Not everyone lives in the ideal world of the realms. Peregrine, or Perry as he is known, is an outsider. There are whole tribes of people whom the dwellers call savages who make their home on the outskirts of the Realms. They fight against the dwellers and against neighboring tribes. Perry’s beloved nephew, Talon, was captured by dwellers and taken to the Realms world.
Aria and Perry, the most unlikely couple in the world, are brought together through circumstances that neither one understand or have control over. Aria is not alone and neither is Perry but can they work out their differences and outright distrust and disgust of each other to help rescue the people they love most in the world? Read Under the Never Sky by Veronica Rossi.
Review by Andrea, CLP-Hill District